Former Intern with the Chief Curator at Whitney Museum of American Art
almost 2 years ago
I would recommend going through the museum's website, reading up on their most recent exhibitions. This will help you to be in the loop when the time comes to speak about yourself as a potential member of the curatorial (or any!) department. That being said, do not expect to be tested on your knowledge of their collection and most recent exhibitions -- no need to stress out about that! Just during your research phase, look for what gets you particularly exited about the Museum, their programs, and collection. That might come up during the interview! Being yourself, however cliche, is really the key.
Apart from that most of the questions were very much expected, from what I remember. Tell me about yourself; strengths; weaknesses; why Whitney; who are your favorite artists, etc.
Have some good questions to ask your interviewer. During my interview, I really enjoyed learning about my supervisor's career developments (she studied Biology at Brown before joining the Whitney!) I think being sincere about your fascination with the institution and curiosity about the position can really help. Plus, people love talking about themselves ;)
Show up on time, be respectful and friendly. Send a thank you note after the interview!