Potential Interview Questions

Getting to Know You

  • Why did you decide to become a teacher?
  • Why are you the best/most qualified applicant for this position?
  • Describe a personal experience which had an impact on your teaching.
  • What is your favorite aspect of teaching?
  • What are your interests outside of teaching?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses as a teacher?
  • List 3 adjectives that describe you professionally.
  • Why are you interested in our district?
  • Briefly describe your personal teaching philosophy.

 

Interpersonal Skills

  • How would you plan to facilitate collaboration between home and school?
  • Can you describe how you have or how you would communicate with students’ parents?
  • If confronted by an angry parent (or perhaps colleague) on an issue, how would you respond?
  • How important is it for you to be well liked by your students?
  • How would you respond to a student who asked for your advice on a difficult personal situation?
  • What kinds of things do you do to get to know students on a personal level?
  • How would you address bullying in school?

 

Instruction

  • Describe a typical class period.
  • What instructional strategies have you found most effective?
  • What are the components of an effective lesson plan?
  • What research-based teaching methods have you used?
  • What specific strategies would you use to help students who are struggling with reading?
  • Explain what differentiation looks like in your classroom. Give a specific example of a time when you have modified your instruction to accommodate the unique needs of a particular student.
  • How do you incorporate state and national standards into your curriculum?
  • What do you do to actively engage your students?
  • How would you motivate a reluctant learner?
  • What would you do with students who continually fail to complete their homework?
  • Describe a specific skill or concept that students typically struggle with in your classroom. How do you overcome that challenge?
  • How do you integrate technology in your classroom?
  • What kinds of multicultural activities promote diversity in your classroom?]
  • Describe your most successful unit and what made it successful.
  • How do you communicate your learning objectives to the students?
  • How do you make real-world connections in the subject area you are teaching?
  • How do you transition from one activity to the next?
  • How do you measure student success?
  • How do you know whether your curriculum is appropriately matched to your students’ needs?

 

Classroom Management and Environment

  • What type of classroom management plan would you implement?
  • How would you set up and communicate your rules and expectations to your students?
  • How do you handle students who are difficult to manage?
  • Describe the toughest discipline situation you have encountered and how you handled it.
  • If you were having classroom management difficulties, when and who would you ask for help?
  • Success in school is proven to be influenced by a child’s physical, social, and educational environment. Describe that environment in your classroom – how are these factors at play?
  • Describe the layout and environment of your classroom?
  • How do you build a community with your students?
  • What does a productive and collaborative classroom community look like?

 

Personal/Reflection

  • Describe the qualities of a highly effective teacher.
  • Identify 3 significant challenges that educators face today.
  • If you had been in charge at your last work place, what changes would you have made and why?
  • Describe the characteristics of the students you like to teach.
  • What did you find the most challenging during your student teaching experience? (Or, for veteran teachers, most recent teaching experience).
  • Describe a time that you were in a difficult situation and explain how you resolved it.
  • If you were doing something for students that you knew was right and your principal told you to stop, what would you do?
  • Describe in detail your best and worst days in the classroom.
  • Describe the best lesson you ever taught and explain why it was great.
  • What are your long term goals?
  • What new ideas would you bring to our school and/or district?
  • Give an example of a time you went above and beyond to accomplish a task.

 

Questions for YOU to ask at the end of the interview

Near the end of an interview, often candidates will have an opportunity to ask questions. This is a chance for you to learn more about the school as well as demonstrate the depth of your knowledge of the school and the position. You should prepare 5-7 questions in advance while researching the school and district, however you may generate a few more from information you receive during the interview. Be prepared but flexible. Try to avoid any negative or salary/benefit questions. You will have the opportunity to ask financial and benefit questions when the position is offered. Here are several questions to consider:

  • What are you most proud of about your school?
  • What would faculty, students, and parents say are the strengths of your school?
  • What were your school’s goals this year?
  • How do teachers integrate technology into the classroom?
  • What priorities would you have for me as a new member of the team?
  • Do you offer a mentoring program for new teachers?
  • How does the school district support professional development?
  • What extracurricular activity opportunities might be available?
  • What is an example of a challenge that the district/school is facing?

 

*To practice interviewing skills, check out mock interviews offered by the Pomerantz Career Center!