interview questions

Can you describe an experience that you feel particularly proud of? What did you accomplish? Why is it memorable for you?

Can you point out an individual or an experience that has been particularly influential in your life? If you cannot think of a particular experience, can you describe some of the ways in which your aspirations have either changed or remained consistent?

Who would you number as part of your “family”? Describe some experiences that brought you closer with these individuals?

Do you have any major regrets?

What pastime activities do you spend the most amount of time on? In what ways are these activities enjoyable?

Have you ever in your life considered yourself a religious person? If so, how would you characterize your observance, and are there any particular religious experiences that stand out for you (either positively or negatively)? If not, what are your thoughts on religion in general?

What were your views on Williamsburg and William and Mary before you arrived as a freshman? What is your view now? Are you happy with your experience so far? Do you find that your peers share some of your same views?

How long have you lived in Williamsburg? Are there some aspects of your environment that you would like to change?

What is your most memorable experience in Williamsburg? Can you describe the emotions that you were feeling at the time?

Would you consider yourself a liberal Jew or an orthodox Jew? Has Williamsburg been a positive environment in terms of your Jewish observance? Did it play a role in your decision to move to Williamsburg?

What is your professional background? Would you call your job experience largely positive? How is your place of employment connected with the city of Williamsburg, if at all?

Where and in what situation do you feel most comfortable?


The Williamsburg Documentary Project (WDP) strives to collect and preserve the rich past of Williamsburg, Virginia. By conducting oral history interviews, building physical and digital archives, and creating online exhibits, the WDP interprets Williamsburg’s recent past. The WDP works towards developing a better understanding of Williamsburg by bringing together individuals, local groups, Colonial Williamsburg, and the College of William & Mary.

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