Every team at a competition should have the opportunity to be interviewed by a Judge Team, and your Judge Team may interview a subset of teams assigned by the Judge Advisor. Use the Team Interview Tips and Sample Questions along with criteria from the Team Interview Rubric to guide your open-ended questions. It is recommended that all Team Interviews are conducted in the teams' pit areas. All teams will be given an interview opportunity, but finalists for the Design Award, Excellence Award, or other awards may be cross-interviewed by different Judge Teams. The Judge Advisor will assign additional interviews as needed during the event.

The Team Interview Rubric (formerly page 2 of the Design Award Rubric) is used for all team interviews to score the team's performance in a variety of criteria. Each rubric point has a 5-point scale to help you score the teams. A Judge Team will work together to determine the criterion that best describes the team's responses for each topic, then record the points in the corresponding row. After the interview, you will total the points to determine the final score.

The Awards Scoring and Ranking Sheet will also be used to record data if additional awards will be given at the event. For in-person judging, Judges should write down the team numbers of the teams they are assigned to interview on the Awards Scoring and Ranking Sheet and highlight the additional Judged Awards being offered at the event. The Judge Teams will then use the spaces provided to rank top contenders for each of the additional judged awards being offered at the event. Teamwork, professionalism, interview quality, and team conduct shall be considered in scoring of all judged awards. Each time you meet a team, fill in a row of scores on the ranking sheet, then rank each team for each award. Compare new teams to the teams you ranked previously and make notes for later use in deliberations.

Conducting Team Interviews

  • Complete the Team Interview Rubric and Awards Scoring and Ranking Sheet away from teams and not during the interview.
  • Plan to interview one team every 10-15 minutes when interviewing in-person. Remote interviews will take approximately 30 minutes. The remote interview itself takes about 10-15 minutes; the additional time allows for teams to join the remote interview environment and for judges to discuss the team's interview after the team leaves the remote environment.
  • Staying on schedule is important to ensure all teams are interviewed and there is sufficient time to conduct deliberations.
  • During in-person judging, if you are unable to locate an assigned team for an interview after several visits to the team’s pit area, leave a “Judge’s Note to Missed Teams” on their pit table. Indicate that the team should try to find you in the competition or pit area during a break in their match schedule, or leave a time you will return.
  • For remote judging, you should notify the Judge Advisor if a team does not arrive on schedule.
  • Observe teams in the competition area during match play and skills play if possible.
  • Identify student-centered teams that display positive, respectful, and ethical conduct during the team interviews and team observations.
  • Take notes during interviews and observations to support your evaluations and assist with deliberations.
  • Immediately after interviewing a team, complete the Team Interview Rubric and rank them using the Awards Scoring and Ranking Sheet if appropriate. Please remember to complete the worksheets in private and not in front of teams or during the interview.
  • The entire pool of Judges will deliberate after team interviews and observation of teams in the competition area to determine judged awards.