Team Interview Tips and Sample Questions


Judges need to talk to students, not adults. Occasionally, enthusiastic adults may want to answer the Judges' questions. If this occurs, politely remind the adult(s) that the Judges are there to interview the students.

Best Practices

  • Help put the students at ease by asking them questions about their robot.
  • Try not to ask yes or no questions. Encourage teams to elaborate on their answers.
  • Be prepared to rephrase your questions. It is important to be mindful of differences in communication style. Also be mindful of students who do not speak the language you are using as their first language.
  • Be aware of different age levels, and approach students in an age-appropriate way, especially when talking to younger students.
  • Be sure all team members are present and include all team members in the interview.
  • Being a Judge gives you a unique opportunity to impact students. They will be looking to you for positive reinforcement. Just a few words of encouragement can make their day.
  • Be attentive to students and do not engage in other conversations during interviews.
  • Take a picture of each team and their robot with its license plate visible. This will help you identify teams and robots during later during deliberations.
  • Leave the Judge’s Note to Missed Teams at the pit table for teams that you cannot locate.
  • After interviewing the team, mark their pit sign and/or the team list to indicate the team has been interviewed.

Sample Questions

  • Did your team turn in an Engineering Notebook? When did you start making entries?
  • What does your robot do and how does it score points?
  • How did you develop this robot design?
  • Which team members built the robot?
  • What part of your robot are you most proud of? Why?
  • Were there any other robots that inspired your robot design? How?
  • What changes did you make to improve your design during the season?
  • Do you use any sensors? What are they used for? How do they operate in your autonomous mode? How do they operate in your driver-controlled mode?
  • What problems did you have in working on your robot? How did your team solve them?
  • If you had one more week to work on your robot, how would you improve it?
  • Has your game strategy been effective? How and why?
  • Tell us about your robot’s programming. Autonomous mode? Driver control mode? Who did the programming? Which programming language did you use?
  • What were the challenges of this year’s game that you considered before designing your robot How did you design your robot to meet those challenges?
  • How many subsystems does your robot have? Who was responsible for integrating them?