For Students & Alumni
Interview Preparation & Guidance
During any interview, the church or ministry is trying to figure out the answers to two questions:
- Do you have the skills necessary to do the job well?
- Will you fit into the church/ministry culture?
With this in mind, there are three steps you can take to ensure that everyone leaves the interview answering ‘yes’ to both questions.
- Research the church/ministry. It is difficult to prove that you are a good fit in the culture if you don’t know what that culture is. For example, showing up to interview in a young, vibrant church wearing a three-piece suit may hinder your cause. However, wearing a suit a conservative Baptist church is crucial. Understand their culture.
- Be prepared. Have your resume printed on high-quality paper to your interviewers. Answer common interview questions ahead of time so you will be ready when asked. Come prepared to show your competence through stories, not merely by insisting you are competent. For example, if you claim to be a team player, be prepared to share a story of when you worked with a team to accomplish your goal. See the interview questions below for a list of possible questions you may be asked.
- Ask questions. Remember that while the church/ministry is attempting to figure out whether you would be a good fit, you should also be evaluating them. Asking questions also shows that you are interested and engaged. See the interview questions below for a list of possible questions to ask.
Figuring out how much you can expect to be compensated in certain positions is difficult. Pay ranges vary based on location, experience, church culture, etc. The Career Services has access to comparative salaries so you can enter a meeting about compensation confidently.
To request a compensation range for a specific ministry, submit a compensation request. To learn more about pastoral compensations, see the PDF below.
Video Series | The Process
In this episode, Dr. Paul Pettit explains the steps for DTS Placement.
Paul, the Director of Career Services, graduated with a ThM and DMin from DTS in 2007. He is the founder of Dynamic Dads and teaches pastoral and leadership classes at DTS and Criswell College.
3 Qualities of a Top-Notch Candidate
In this episode, Pastor Stephen Brown details what he looks for when hiring a position.
Originally from Houston, Stephen is a graduate of both Morehouse College and Dallas Theological Seminary and serves as the Senior Pastor at Greater Bethlehem Baptist Church in Dallas, TX. When he isn’t pastoring, he works as an advisor in the Alumni & Career Services department.
In this episode, Dr. Greg Hatteberg shares his insights into how to approaching the candidating process.
Greg graduated from DTS with his ThM and DMin and serves as the Director of Alumni Services. Although he grew up in a rural community in Illinois, he has planted his roots in Dallas. Greg also teaches the courses on Physical and Historical Geography of Israel, Walk Thru the Bible seminars, and the Rapid Reading Course (needed to help survive seminary)!