Sample interview questions

Sample interview questions

Prepare for difficult questions, including why you left/lost your last job. Script a confident and truthful answer that shows you in the best possible light. It helps if you and your former employer agreed on an "exit statement" -- a brief and positive description of the reason(s) for leaving your previous job. Some possible wording:

  • a change in senior management
  • abolishment of your job
  • an improper match between you and the position you were hired for
  • blocked professional growth
  • a desire for a career change
  • or a wish to relocate

Prepare for easy questions that give you an opportunity to articulate why you would be the best person for the job. Questions such as:

  • As we make our considerations for this position, is there anything else you would like us to know?
  • What qualifications would you see being critical for this role in meeting the objectives of our facility?
  • Why do you believe you are qualified for this position?
  • We are interviewing nine other candidates who are also well qualified, why should we select you?
  • Have strong answers prepared for these easy questions. Do not answer them with general statements about having the experience and education to get the job. Remember, all candidates selected to interview have generally the same level of experience and education as you – focus on what sets you apart.

Additional sample interview questions

  • What are your favorite things about your job/profession? What led you to golf course management?
  • What would you say are the three most important elements in successful golf course management?
  • What are/were the most frustrating aspects of your current/previous position?
  • What personal characteristics do you look for in an employee?
  • How would you describe your management style? Your approach to delegation?
  • How do you view rules? As an employee? As a supervisor?
  • Describe a past situation involving conflict. What, if anything, would you handle differently? Why?
  • What kinds of skills seem to come to you most naturally? What do you feel you need to work on most?
  • How often would you like to have contact with the green chairman?
  • How would you describe your philosophy on golf course maintenance and management?
  • How do you feel about continuing education for your position?
  • What kind of time/money do you believe in applying toward on-the-job training for the maintenance staff?
  • What kinds of projects do you think should be handled by outside contractors?
  • What type of sustainability activities have you been involved with on the golf course?
  • What is your experience with long-range planning?
  • Tell me about two or three significant management challenges during your career?
  • Does your management ability reflect a greater strength toward golf course construction or routine maintenance?