Interviews can take several forms: phone, video, one-on-one and panel interviews. There are a variety of different questioning techniques. See our sample interview questions grouped by category below. VCU core competency questions relate to specific skils that VCU values in employees. Questions from the core competency and leadership competency categories may help the hiring committee to better evalute the candidate's alignment with VCU values.
These questions are general inquiries about the applicant’s background. They are based on information included in the application or resume and should focus on the most relevant jobs and experiences.
These questions consider whether the candidate is willing to accept certain unusual requirements of the job.
These questions assess the candidate's ability to be accountable for measurable high-quality, timely and cost-effective results; comply with established processes and rules; accept full responsibility for their actions and contributions as a team member; display honesty and truthfulness; display a strong commitment to organizational success and deliver on individual responsibilities as a university citizen. This is a core competency at VCU.
These questions evaluate the ways in which a candidate demonstrates a commitment to the pursuit of excellence, high achievement and ongoing professional development. They also look at how a candidate acquires the skills needed to continually enhance contributions to the university and their respective profession. This is a core competency at VCU.
This category assesses how the candidate cooperates with others to accomplish goals; works with employees within and across their department to achieve shared goals; treats others with dignity and respect and maintains a friendly demeanor and values the contributions of others. This is a core competency at VCU.
These questions assess whether the candidate demonstrates an open-minded approach to understanding people from all backgrounds, identities, abilities, perspectives and experiences; effectively works with colleagues and consistently treats all people fairly, with dignity and respect. This is a core competency at VCU.
These questions show how candidates apply creative problem-solving skills to develop solutions to problems, recognize and demonstrate the value in taking responsible risks and learning from mistakes, develop multiple alternatives and understands the feasibility of each and effectively implements ideas. This is a core competency at VCU.
These questions allow the candidate to demonstrate a commitment to the highest quality service to internal and external communities as well as ensure that actions meet community needs and are aligned with university objectives, practices and core values. This is a core competency at VCU.
These questions evaluate the ways in which a candidate demonstrates the ability to lead employees toward meeting or exceeding organizational goals. They also evaluate how a candidate provides an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. This is a core competency at VCU.
These questions evaluate the ways in which a candidate demonstrates the ability to bring about strategic change to exceed organizational goals. They also evaluate how a candidate establishes and implements a vision in a continuously changing environment. This is a core competency at VCU.
These questions help determine whether the candidate has the technical expertise to perform the job. Answers to these questions confirm that the applicant possesses the technical expertise he/she has described on the application form.
These questions describe a situation to the applicant that he/she may encounter in a real-life work situation in the position and ask how he/she would react in that situation. In the absence of real experience in the area, this is a good way to determine technical knowledge and problem-solving abilities.
These questions allow the candidate to expand on his or her background and go more in-depth than other types of questions. These questions help determine if the applicant has the qualities needed for the position.