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Sample Interview Questions:

  • What kinds of activities are you involved in outside of school?


  • If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?


  • Describe what leadership means to you.


  • How well do you do in school? Which classes do you enjoy most? Least?


  • What person has inspired you the most? What did they do to inspire you?


  • Have you had any difficult experiences in life and what did they teach you?


  • Why do you want to go to the RYLA conference, what are you expectations?


  • What are you future plans?


  • How did you hear about the RYLA conference?


  • Do you think goal setting is important? What are some goals you are working toward?


  • Do you plan on going to more than one leadership camp this summer?


  • How do you think this leadership conference will help you be a better leader?


  • Where do you see yourself 10 years from now


  • What do you see as the biggest problem facing the country at this time? How could you help in finding a solution?


  • Which would you consider worse: seeing a friend smoking, or cheating?


  • Describe an event which challenged your integrity.
After the interviews are completed, select the student who you feel has the best leadership potential, and would be a good fit for the RYLA conference.

Look for students who:
- Clearly have leadership abilities
- Are active in school/community leadership
- Are enthusiastic and engaged during the interview

Also select an alternate in case one of your first choices is unable to attend (change their status to "Alternate" and hang onto their paperwork).