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Interview Skills

Interviewing Skills for Teachers

PREPARATION is the key to a successful interview. You must anticipate the questions you may be asked and prepare your answers so that at the interview you can feel ready and confident.

The following are some of the questions you may be asked during our interview for a teaching position:

  • Why do you want to teach (subject area)? Why do you want to teach at your chosen grade level? Why do you want to teach in our school?
  • Why will you make a good teacher?
  • Tell me about your student teaching experience.
  • Express your position on ability grouping (other possible topics: discipline, team teaching, individualized instruction, classroom management, student motivation, grading).
  • What is your greatest strength/weakness?
  • What new or different ideas would you implement in your classes?
  • Describe the kind of relationship you want between you and students?
  • Should a classroom generally be quiet? Why or why not?
  • Do you want your students to like you? Why or why not?
  • A student stops by your home; would you invite him/her in to visit? Why?
  • Would you ever admit that you don’t know the answer to a student’s question?
  • Are students responsible for their learning? If so, in what way?
  • How would you react if a student questioned the value of an assignment?
  • How do you stimulate enthusiasm for learning?
  • If you were to establish your ideal school, what would it encompass?
  • Would you describe an outstanding teacher to me?
  • Are you a good listener? Do you know a person who is a good listener?
  • How can you tell when you are doing a good job of listening?
  • What do you enjoy most about teaching?
  • How do you feel when a student fails?
  • How important is success in learning?
  • How well organized are you?
  • What would you do when a supervisor or principal criticizes a teaching technique?

Be prepared for some unexpected questions, but don’t let them unduly concern you.

Some interviewers, school administrators included, utilize questions intended to produce stress. The procedure briefly involves setting up a hypothetical situation, which has as its basis a conflict requiring delicate handling. Use common sense in handling these questions, and remember that the interviewer is more interested in the way you handle the questions than the answers.

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