As a workshop leader, chances are the most of the times you are working freelance for a project and/or organisation. If that is the case then you may have to go through an interview (some of us call it an informal meeting) where we can face interview questions.

We have asked a number of organisations that recruit freelance workshop leaders to bring you most common interview questions and what kind of answers they are the looking for.

Possible Question 1

Can you devote all of your time to this project?  

Potential Answer 1

“I am known for meeting my deadlines despite juggling multiple projects. At the moment although I am working on X and Y project, I still have more than two days of available time to dedicate to this project”

Unless the project is full-time chances are that you’re probably working on other projects while you work for this one. This is common for many workshop leaders. However, if you are asked this then your answer should address what the organisation is really trying to find out, what other commitments you have and if you have the time to bring their project to success.

Possible Question 2

How long have you been a freelance workshop leader?  

Potential Answer 2

For experienced workshop leaders a possible answer could look something like this;

“I bring over five years of workshop experience to the table–four years working with a particular organisation and one year freelancing.”

If you are a recent graduate, you may want to focus instead on your education and skills more. That answer might look like this;

“I recently graduated at the top of my class in performing arts. Whilst working on my degree I had the opportunity to volunteer for many charities.”

The key to an effective answer here is to deal with what the person is probably wondering and not with what they said. Basically, they are wonders if you are qualified and/or experienced enough to do this work. So try to divert the question highlighting your experiences with as many achievements as possible.

Possible Question 3

What kinds of projects have you lead in the past?

Potential Answer 3

For experienced workshop leaders a possible answer could look something like this;

“In the most recent projects have included, A, B and C and through them I have been able to achieve X, Y and Z”

For a new workshop leader

“Although I have not lead any projects I have however volunteered my time for a number of projects where my responsibilities have included A, B and C and I have also done X, Y and Z to go the extra mile”

Always be prepared with a relevant portfolio of your best work even if it’s a university project. When you show the work samples, consider providing additional ideas of how you could do something differently that would be better suited for the project.

Possible Question 4

What do you think is the benefit of this project?

Potential Answer 4

“I can see the benefit of this project being all about the outcomes (try mentioning the outcomes of this project if known) and can see how this may become a reality”

For the most part, the client already knows what the benefit is. However, they want to see if you can see their vision and how you can meet the project demands. Tell them truthfully what the benefits are and show them how you can make each one a reality.

Possible Question 5

What is your working process?

Potential Answer 5

“My past workshop successes have been as a result of the process I have used, both great organisational skills and time management skills are a huge part of my working process. Including this my working process is well disciplined and adaptable that it can always evolve”

Organisations are interested in freelancers who have a work process that is both effective and efficient. Without a process, it is easy to assume that a freelancer is unorganised and will not meet the needs of the project. Define your work processes as best you can and let them know you are confident enough to make decisions or change things up.

Possible Question 6

What is your biggest fault? (A variation of this question might be: What is the biggest mistake you’ve made?)

Potential Answer 6

The trick is to change the word ‘fault/mistake’ to words such as ‘challenge/test’

Once you start your answer with these words you will get a good idea of the best way to handle this question. By labelling your fault as challenge or test, you avoid running yourself down. You can turn a potential negative into a positive. 

Possible Question 7

How much do you charge per hour?

Potential Answer 7

“Although I have charged from X to Y on previous projects, I would be happy to discuss the details of your project with you and develop a customised quote”

Although it is advised to quote a project by the job, if you can but if not then it is always a good idea to try and get an indication of what budget the organisation has for this project and base your answers around that.

Final Thoughts

Whether you are new to freelancing or a well-established workshop leader, being prepared for the interview is always essential. No matter where you stand in the experience spectrum, you should always be ready to pitch yourself to the potential client and show what you can do for them. The most important thing to do before all interviews is to research the organisation and project before the interview. This information will help guide you in how to answer the questions, as well as prepare a portfolio with the type of work samples that is relevant to the project. It’s also a tick box when somebody has researched the company.

If you do come across any of these questions on your next job interview and you use any of the answers, please let us know how it went by leaving us a comment or emailing us.


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