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9 Community Projects interview tips based on evaluator feedback

While we do not record interviews at our world finals, International Conference evaluator scores and comments provide insight into what makes a good, or not so good, interview. We’ve compiled a list of tips for project teams preparing for an interview based on the most common characteristics found in evaluator comments.

#1 Outstanding detailed explanations

Review your project documents and take note of where you left out details. Practice talking through complex activities, ideas, or plans.

#2 Articulate and clear in expressing ideas

Practice interviewing with your coach, families, and other stakeholders. This can help lessen your nerves during your official interview.

#3 Demonstrating knowledge of problem-solving process

Be prepared to talk about how you used the six-step problem-solving process. This is a very important question that every team is asked.

#4 Taking turns speaking

Teams should practice answering questions and ensuring that quieter team members have areas of the project they feel confident speaking about.

#5 Showing passion for project

Share your personal connections to the project and the impact it has had on you.

#6 Happy and animated

There is no need to fake a positive attitude, but share your passion for your work! Interviews are just conversations with evaluators who have already read your work and want to know more about your project.

#7 Honest and reflective answers

Honesty is key to an interview. Your evaluators want to hear about your failures alongside your successes. Clearly share your thoughts about your progress, even if you did not meet every goal you have set.

#8 Everyone participated

Be sure that every team member knows the project well, so that it is easier for all to speak up during the interview.

#9 Confidence

You are already making a positive impact on your community. Confidently share your thoughts, plans, and accomplishments.

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Executive Director

A seasoned educator, April Michele has served as the Executive Director since 2018 and been with Future Problem Solving more than a decade. Her background in advanced curriculum strategies and highly engaging learning techniques translates well in the development of materials, publications, training, and marketing for the organization and its global network. April’s expertise includes pedagogy and strategies for critical and creative thinking and providing quality educational services for students and adults worldwide.

Prior to joining Future Problem Solving, April taught elementary and middle grades, spending most of her classroom career in Gifted Education. She earned the National Board Certification (NBPTS) as a Middle Childhood/Generalist and later served as a National Board Assessor for the certification of others. She was trained and applied the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Humanities, which helped widen the educational scope and boundaries beyond the U.S. In addition, April facilitated the Theory and Development of Creativity course for state level certification of teachers. She has also collaborated on a variety of special projects through the Department of Education.

A graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s in Elementary Education and the University of South Florida with a master’s in Gifted Education, April’s passion is providing a challenging curriculum for 21st century students so they are equipped with the problem solving and ethical leadership skills they need to thrive in the future. As a board member in her local Rotary Club, she facilitates problem solving in leadership at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute and earned her certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Edyth Bush Institute at Rollins College.