Sholarly field questions

Research questions

  • Provide details about your current research please.
  • How long have you been working on this particular topic?
  • When do you believe you will be finished with the thesis?
  • What facilities do you require to conduct your research?
  • How do you envisage the research topic to be integrated with what you will teach at our campus?
  • Why have you chosen this particular study field for research?
  • How do you envisage that your research will contribute to society?
  • What other topics have you researched?
  • Why have you chosen these particular topics?
  • How long have you worked on each of the topics?
  • What have your previous employer gained from your research on these topics?
  • What articles have you published, when and in what journals?
  • Please provide examples of workshops, seminars and symposiums that you have attended/presented.
  • Please explain your stance on the issue of..?
  • Please provide details about the shortcomings of your research on..

Teaching style

  • Please describe your teaching and interaction with students' style.
  • How do you handle a situation where a student that you know well and respect has cheated?
  • What do you do when students come late for class?
  • How do you handle students talking while you present a class?
  • What types of problems do you allow students to discuss with you?
  • Do you allow students to call you on your name?
  • Do you supervise your students closely and if so, why?
  • Do you allow students a lot of freedom, and if so, why?
  • Have your teaching style ever brought you in conflict with colleagues and if so, why and how was the situation resolved?


  • What courses have you taught in the past and on what level?
  • What is the percentage pass rate for students on level in the following courses.which you have presented?
  • What courses do you want to lecture?
  • What courses do you dislike to present?
  • What facilities do you require for the presentation of ...?
  • What frustrates you most in the presentation of the course?
  • What course or courses will you be able to develop for our campus?
  • How will you handle 300 students in one class if you have only had 50 students in a class in the past?
  • How will you be able to make contact and keep control over them? Or..
  • You have taught at a large university, how will you adapt to a small institute like where more personal attention is required?

Choice of employer

  • Why do you want to teach at our university/college?
  • If you could have chosen where would you like to teach in the long term?


  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
  • What are your long term research goals and how do you plan to reach them?
  • What are your long term teaching goals and how do you plan to reach them?


These questions are aimed to establish your commitment to the institute and how your personal life may interfere. Many of the questions may be illegal, but if asked in the right way, they are totally legitimate.

  • How do you think your family will respond to the relocation?
  • How many hours a week will you be able to work?
  • Will you be able to attend symposiums, seminars, workshops and meetings?
  • Will you be able to supervise, develop and mark exam papers, apart from giving class and attending to family matters?
  • How long do you want to stay with us?

Membership of professional organizations

  • Please provide details about your level of involvement in the Society.
  • What role do you play in the development of....?