Museum Interpreter Interview Preparation Guide
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Museum Interpreter based Frequently Asked Questions in various Museum Interpreter job interviews by interviewer. These professional questions are here to ensures that you offer a perfect answers posed to you. So get preparation for your new job hunting

26 Museum Interpreter Questions and Answers:

1 :: Tell me where is Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area?

Williamsburg, Virginia. Set your GPS for the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center.

2 :: Do you know how to deal with pressure?

We have a lot of people come through, and sometime it gets hectic. People have to know how to deal with that and not get flustered.

3 :: Tell me do you have interest in history?

I can't tell you how many cover letters I get in which the writer claims that they really love history, but when I look through their resume, they've never done anything that shows they have that interest--not even joining the history club in college.

4 :: Do you know how to communicate to the public?

This is fundamental. Have they had to talk to the public before? I need to see that experience on their resume. Mybe they were a tour guide at their college.

5 :: Tell me do you have any experience handling money?

All or our interpreters may, at some point, be involved with selling tickets or items in the gift shop. Working as a cashier at a supermarket or a waiter or waitress clearly shows that they can handle money, but people will leave those jobs off their resumes. They're thinking that those jobs are going to detract from their history work, but I'm looking for experience handling money, so when I see those types of jobs, that boosts their chances. They definitely should leave them on. . . Being a cashier at a supermarket is great experience. You can deal with money and pressure, and you had to be nice to every person that went through your line, even if they weren't.

6 :: A snail is at the bottom of a 30 foot well. Every hour the snail is able to climb up 3 feet, then immediately slide back down 2 feet. How many hours does it take for the snail to get out of the well?

28 hours. The snail is travelling at one foot per hour, except on the 28th hour the snail has already reached the top of the well, so it will not slide down the 2 feet.

7 :: You have 8 jars of the same size and shape. Seven of the jars weigh 5 ounces while the eighth jar weights 6. You have a scale you can use to measure the jars but you can only measure twice. How do you find out which is the heavier jar?

You take two jars away. Put 3 jars on one side of the scale and 3 jars on the other side. Measure. If neither of them are heavier, the jar must have been in one of the two you took away. Measure and you will find the jar. If one of the scales did tilt, take 1 jar away of the remaining 3 and measure the two remaining jars on each side of the scale. If one tilts, that is the heavier jar. If neither tilts, the one remaining jar must be the heavy one.

8 :: Basic Museum Interpreter Job Interview Questions:

☛ Share an experience you had in dealing with a difficult person and how you handled the situation.
☛ Share an effective method you have used to describe points of interest to groups.
☛ What is the key to success when communicating with the public.
☛ Share an example of when you went above and beyond the "call of duty". (Look for answers that show the candidate is dependable.)
☛ Name a time when your patience was tested. How did you keep your emotions in check?
☛ How do you balance cooperation with others and independent thinking? Share an example. (Try to determine if the candidate has a cooperative attitude or is otherwise good-natured.)
☛ Provide an example when your ethics were tested.
☛ Provide a time when you worked in a rapidly evolving workplace. How did you deal with the change? (Make sure the candidate is flexible.)
☛ Provide a time when you dealt calmly and effectively with a high-stress situation.
☛ Share an example of a time you had to gather information from multiple sources. How did you determine which information was relevant?
☛ Provide an experience in which you were sensitive to somone's needs or feelings. How did your helpfulness affect your work environment?
☛ Share an experience in which you successfully shared a difficult piece of information. (Make sure that the candidate has open lines of communication.)
☛ Please share an experience in which you presented to a group. What was the situation and how did it go?
☛ Share an experience in which your attention to detail and thoroughness had an impact on your last company.
☛ Share an experience in which personal connections to coworkers or others helped you to be successful in your work. (Make sure candidate works well with others.)

9 :: Strengths and Weaknesses Based History Museum Interpreter interview questions:

☛ What assignment was too difficult for you?
☛ Time when you made a suggestion to improve the work.
☛ Tell us about the last time you had to negotiate with someone.
☛ How do you see your job relating to the overall goals?
☛ What do you believe are your key strengths?

10 :: Situational History Museum Interpreter interview questions:

☛ How do you think you can make a contribution to this company?
☛ How did you handle meeting a tight deadline?
☛ Which subjects did you enjoy during your qualifying degree?
☛ What would make you happy in a job?
☛ What relevant experience do you have?