So you've successfully navigated a guild's application, and scored an interview with a guild. What exactly is the person doing the interviewing looking for? Interviews are as varied as applications, but again, it's my corner of the intarwebz so it's my opinion you get here.
My goal in an interview is to get a more in depth view of what the player is looking for in a guild, their understanding of their class, their attitude towards raiding, and how their personality might mesh with our members. First, let me clarify by saying my interviews are not a set process, depending on the applicant's answers, and how the conversation goes the questions change. What I'm outlining here are just a few of my frequently asked questions, why I ask them and what I'm looking for in the applicants answer. It's also fair to inform you that I do not currently conduct primary interviews for my guild, so my questions may be a bit out of date.
How has playing a
This question is one I've retired, but I used it when TBC was less than 3 months old. I wanted to learn how the player had integrated the new tools available to their class. I found that some of the most skilled players adapted these new tools right away. Some of the more mediocre players were slow to make changes their familiar patterns.
What's your weakest piece of gear and what's your plan to upgrade it?
I believe good raiding requires self awareness and, like it or not, your gear is part of what your character can do. You can be an AWESOME priest, but if you have 900 +healing you simply CANNOT put out enough healing to keep an Illidan tank alive. I like to hear the player be able to answer right away. Bonus points for already working on it, and for the upgrade being available outside of raids.
If you had to play another class in raids, what class would it be?
This is just a discussion question. I'm listening here for what aspects of the game the applicant enjoys.
Pretend I've never seen the Illidari Counsel (or another complicated fight they have listed in their experience) before, explain the encounter to me.
Every person focuses on different parts of the fight. I'm listening here for a complete understanding of what their class does. Bonus points if they can explain with confidence all parts of the encounter and each boss ability.
What do you want out of your raiding experience and guild?
I realize that applicants ARE probably going to bullshit this answer, but even in the bullshit you can learn something about how they think. Also, if later on I'm getting feedback from them that they aren't happy with the amount of loot they are getting etc, it's nice to remind them what they told me in their interview.
What do you anticipate your raid attendance will be? Do you have any real life obligations that conflict with our raid schedule.
Again, what an applicant tells me and what they actually do can be expected to differ. This is an opportunity for me to express to them that it's OKAY to have a real life. Also, I am going to hold you to what you tell me. I might be looking for a druid who an make Sunday nights religiously, because one of my druids can't ever make Sundays. If you tell me you can make Sundays, I tag you and you miss 3 Sundays in a row, we are going to have problems mister.
When was the last time you died in a raid in an avoidable manner, and what killed you?
This often takes people by surprise and I tend to get an honest answer. It's good to know that a player is aware of what kills them. Bonus points if they tell me what they've changed so it won't happen again. Negative points if they tell me they've never died in an avoidable way.
Are you willing to respec if asked?
The initial response to this question is to BS me and tell me they'll be whatever the guild needs the most. I always counter this and tell them. I am the GM, my primary focus is this guild's success but I am NOT willing to go shadow. I know I'd be terrible at it and frankly don't enjoy dpsing. I clarify that the point of this question is to find out what experience have you had with other specs/roles of your class and if you personally enjoy them.
How you you like to receive feedback about your gameplay?
This is for me. Every single raider in my guild has recieved feedback from me. From "good job" to "dude quit that shit." Each one of them prefers to get it in a different way. One of my shaman likes for me to call it out in vent. One of my priests gets very defensive if I call stuff out in front of others. One of my pallys likes to hear stuff right then in the raid. Another shaman would rather I give them a short instruction in the raid but always after the raid would like me to explain my feedback in detail. I will have to give you feedback and your preferred way has to be something I can actually do. Note: I rarely ask this question unless the interview has gone well.
Have you read our guild policies?
If they say yes - If I allowed you to change one of our policies what would you change and why?
My guild does not run exactly how I want it too. There are 40 raiders in my guild and 150 accounts. When you gather that many people together you have to compromise. I seriously doubt I have a single player in the guild who doesn't have one thing they'd like to see change. Knowing what they'd change gives me insight into what they value in a guild.
If they say no - This information is available here, please read this over before our scheduled recruit run (again only if I am thinking about tagging them)
I spend a lot of time, keeping our public policies up to date. It pretty clearly outlines what to expect from us and what we expect from you. I want EVERY potential member to come into the guild with this information, so there are no surprises.
How do you evaluate yourself at the end of a raid night?
This question lets me see what a player sees as their job or role in a raid. Some hunters will tell me top dps, others will tell me strong pulls or saving a squishy with an Ice Trap. There really isn't a wrong answer, but I've found players are typically more content in a raid environment where their supervisory officers agree with what the player values.
I'd like to note the topic I tackled this time is a broad one. I have gotten great feedback regarding the application post I made. I'm hoping for similar results from this one. What questions do you ask, or have you been asked in an interview?