Following the recent post on the challenges of breaking into museums work (I mean working in museums, not breaking into museums – an altogether different challenge), we’ve been sent a very handy list of questions which have been asked at interviews for museum posts.
So, your starter for 10:
- What made you apply for this role?
- Give an example of a time where you’ve had to fix a solution.
- What areas would you like to improve on?
- What is your favourite work in the collection?
- Tell us about what you do in your current role.
- What methods do you use to organise your work load?
- What experience do you have of writing correspondence with donors?
- The classic one; What are your two main strengths and weaknesses?
- What is your proudest achievement so far?
- How would you deal with difficult internal and external volunteers?
- How do you ensure you maintain good relationships with colleagues?
- Can you give an example of a project you have coordinated where you have needed to pull together many different elements?
- Can you give an example of when you have had to work with members across the department/organisation to deliver a project?
- Can you give an example of a project that has gone wrong/not turned out as planned?
- Why do you want to work in..(place name) and for (department)?
- What are the benefits of working in small team?
- What could you bring to the role?
- What are the main considerations to bear in mind when acquiring an object?
- Could you tell me about any exhibition experience?
- What are the main outputs of a special exhibition?
It’s an interesting mixture of
- the old classics which are asked at just about any interview
- specialist knowledge about working in a museums or gallery context
- the chance to demonstrate your own skills and your self-knowledge and
- some real thought as to how you personally would fit with the role.
So now you know, you can get yourself prepared for your next interview.
If you’re a University of Manchester postgrad (or recent alumnus – we can still help you up to three years after graduating), you could also book a mock interview before the real event. We know just what to ask you …