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Planning/Urban Planning Interview Questions

  • Why have you chosen planning as a career?
  • Detail your experience/ knowledge of comprehensive planning.
  • Are you interested in public sector or private sector and why?
  • What do you perceive to be the role of a city planner in private practice? In public service?
  • How have your past experiences prepared you to design or plan the three dimensional aspects of communities?
  • Describe your ideal planned environment - urban, suburban or rural - and describe the process by which it came to assume its present form and function.
  • What services do you hope to provide and to whom? Who are your competitors? How will you differentiate yourself from them?
  • How would you determine a recommendation for a zone change?
  • As if talking to an average citizen, explain the purpose of platting.
  • What experience do you have in plan preparation?
  • Do your personal values support the concepts of successful planning? If so, how?
  • Do you have any part-time/summer experience related to planning?
  • Describe your worst job - what was it that you disliked so much?
  • What specific steps did you take to prepare yourself for this important career?
  • What courses have you found interesting in your curriculum?
  • What does "effective communication" mean to you?
  • How do you handle a situation where an angry resident confronts you and is upset about a zoning change, board of adjustment decision, a regulation, or site plan or plat approval?
  • How do you handle criticism?
  • Give me an example of a class project that you worked on as a team. What was your role in the project?
  • What experience have you had working as a member of a team to accomplish projects or tasks?
  • What inspires or motivates you to do your best work?
  • What project demonstrates your most innovative work?
  • Give an example of when delaying an important decision worked to your advantage.
  • Can you recall a time when important plans were changed? What did you do?
  • What experience do you have in public speaking or making presentations to the public?
  • Discuss your knowledge of various software, including spreadsheets and mapping.
  • What experience have you had using GIS?
  • Questions to determine if you have researched the organization
  • What do you know about the major issues/problems in our city?
  • What do you think are the two biggest human service issues facing our community/country?
  • What do you know about the work of our organization/firm? How did you learn about us?
  • What do you know about the city?
  • What do you think is the bottom line for the success of an organization?
  • Is there a problem relocating?
  • What salary are you expecting?