Sample Questionnaire for the Interview with a Government Official

SAMPLE QUESTIONNAIRE

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
·         Where and when did you study in elementary, high school, college, graduate, and post-graduate studies?
·         Mention your achievements as a student.
·         Have you encountered obstacles while you were studying? What are those obstacles? How did you overcome that?
·         What is education for you?

FAMILY BACKGROUND
·         What is your status?
·         Who are your parents and siblings?
·         Who is your husband or wife?
·         How many children do you have? What are their names?
·         How do you define family?
·         What can you say about the Filipino family today?

LIFE BEFORE ENTERING POLITICS
·         Can you tell us your life/ work experiences before you entered politics?
·         Did you expect entering the world of politics?
·         What is politics for you?

RELATIONSHIPS WITH ADMINISTRATION, STAFF, AND CONSTITUENTS
·         What does “teamwork” mean to you? Give an example.
·         What makes a government official outstanding?
·         How would your staff and constituents describe you? 
·         What should a constituent expect from a government official? What should your constituents expect from their elected officials?
·         What do you feel is important to know about your staff? How do you gather this information?
       How do you feel when you do not meet a deadline? What do you do when your staff does not meet their deadlines?
·         How do you approach employees and constituents who have grievances against you?
      What kind of people do you find it difficult to work with and why?


PERSONAL QUALITIES

·         What particular strengths or experiences, professional or personal, do you possess that will enhance your performance as a government official?
·         What are your career goals, short term and long term?
·         Why have you selected public service as a profession?
·         Describe yourself with three adjectives and explain why they were chosen.
·         Describe your fears of being a public servant.
·         What are your greatest strengths? Weaknesses?
·         What is your most successful accomplishment?
·         Tell us more about yourself.

LIFE AS A PUBLIC SERVANT

·         What is public service for you?
·         What is government for you?
·         Can you tell us some of your worst experiences you encountered as a government official?
·         Can you tell us some of your best experiences you encountered as a government official?
·         How do you see politics?
·         What were your achievements as a government official?
·         What are your plans for Taguig City in the future?
·         Do you intend to run for another government position in the future? Why or why not?
·         How do you deal with your detractors?
·         What can we expect from you as a public servant during your term of office?

STAND ON DIFFERENT ISSUES
·         Reproductive Health Bill
·         Homosexuals in the Military and in Different Government Agencies
·         Separation of the Church and State
·         Jueteng: Should It Be Legalized?
·         What can you say about President Benigno Aquino?
·         What can you say about the recent hostage-taking crisis?
·         What is your stand on the proposed expiration of marriage contract?
·         Should the Sangguniang Kabataan be abolished? Why or why not?
·         Do you approve the changing of our 1987 Constitution (Charter Change)?
·         What can you say about nepotism/political dynasties in the country today?
·         What can you say about the different scandals in the government?
·         Ukay-ukay: Should It Be Taxed?
·         Others

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