Interview Preparation Questions for Headmaster Headmistress Lecturer Teacher Subject Specialist Educator Professor
The Introduction Questions
1. Why are you a good fit for this job and our school district?
2. What makes you qualified for this teaching position?
3. Tell us a little about your professional experiences.
4. Do you have a professional portfolio you would like to share with us?
5. Why did you become a teacher?
6. Name three words that describe you?.
7. What is your philosophy on teaching?
8. What separates you from other teaching candidates?
Questions about College and Student Teaching
1. How well has your university prepared you for teaching?
2. What was the most useful college course you have taken?
3. What is the most important thing you learned from your cooperating teacher?
4. What was the most important thing you learned from your overall student teaching experience?
5. Describe your student teaching experience.
1. Where do you see yourself in ten years?
2. What are your three greatest strengths?
3. Name three of your weaknesses.
4. What is the most satisfying thing about teaching?
5. What is the biggest challenge in teaching?
6. What is the scariest thing about teaching?
7. What part of teaching do you look the most forward to?
8. What is the last book you read? When did you read it? Tell us about it.
9. Are you interested in extracurricular involvement at our school?
10. What are the important aspects of a good principal?
11. What is your least favorite subject, and age group, to teach?
12. Have you ever been a substitute teacher? Describe that experience.
13. What type of in-service topics would you be most interested in?
14. Do you belong to any professional teaching organizations?
15. What is the difference between a good teacher and an outstanding teacher?
16. Have you ever received an award?
17. What type of student were you in high school?
18. What are your interests outside of teaching?
19. Do you belong to any social networking websites (Facebook, etc.)? Do you mind logging in and showing us your profile right now?
20. What do you feel is wrong with public education?
21. Are you a flexible person?
22. Why do you want to teach in this district?
23. Tell us about your references and what they would say about you if they were here with us today.
24. What would your last boss say about you?
25. How would one of your students describe you?
26. Are you actively involved in any type of community service?
27. Imagine you are at your retirement party at the end of your career.
How would people describe you as a teacher?
28. Do you want students to like you? Why or why not?
29. Who do you look up to and want to emulate?
Interview Questions About Teaching Style
1. Would you say that you are a tough teacher?
2. Describe an example of when you used positive reinforcement.
3. How do you integrate technology into your lessons?
4. Are you a team player? Give us an example.
5. How do you allow students to express their creativity in your classroom?
6. Do you have students use higher-order thinking in your class? Give an example.
7. How do you develop self-esteem within students?
8. How do you prepare students for standardized testing?
9. How do you make learning fun?
10. Describe a typical lesson.
11. What are the techniques you use to teach besides direct instruction?
12. What do you do if the whole class is “not getting it”?
13. How closely do you follow your lesson plan?
14. What do you put in the learning objectives of your lesson plan?
15. How do you incorporate writing into your lessons?
16. Describe the most effective teaching techniques.
17. How do you connect your lessons to the “real world”?
18. Is it ok for a classroom to be noisy?
19. How much homework do you assign and how often do you assign it? How do you know this is a good amount?
20. How do you stay current in your field?
Interview Questions About Teacher Communication
1. Give us examples of how you communicated with other teachers in your department?
2. Give us an example of effective communication with an administrator.
3. Have you ever utilized a class newsletter? What did you include in the letter?
4. How would you deal with an angry parent if they called you?
5. How do you communicate with parents on a regular basis?
6. How do you keep parents aware of their son’s or daughter’s grades?
7. How would you react if a parent complained about your class?
8. What would you tell a parent if he or she was concerned about their kid’s grades?
9. What would you do if you received a note from a parent asking for their son to be excused from last night’s homework because the student was too busy with another activity?
10. What course of action would you take if a student says he or she is being abused at home?
Teacher Interview Questions About Differentiating Instruction
1. Give an example of how you differentiated instruction in a lesson.
2. How do you accommodate a gifted student in your class?
3. How do you manage students with different reading abilities?
4. Explain how you meet IEP needs.
5. How do you feel about inclusive classrooms?
6. What is your experience co-teaching with an inclusion specialist?
7. How do you accommodate non-English speakers?
Questions About Classroom Management
1. What is your classroom management plan and what do you hope to accomplish with it?
2. What does a model classroom look like to you?
3. How do you avoid misbehavior altogether?
4. What was the most difficult child you have ever dealt with?
5. Would you create a behavior modification plan for ongoing misbehavior?
6. What is the most challenging behavioral situation you have ever dealt with? How did you react?
7. What are your classroom rules?
The Closing Interview Questions
1. Is there anything we have not talked about that you would like to share with us?
2. Do you have any questions for us?