Questions you might be asked during a teacher job interview, suggested answers, and advice for acing a teaching job interview.
Be sure to take the time to personalize your responses so they fit your background, skills and experience.
Here are good examples of answers to interview questions and tips for interviewing for a teaching job.
Why do you want to work as a teacher?
My mother worked as a teacher and she brought the teaching inspiration to me. I am a hard-working learner and I am really interested in learning something new and useful related to teaching. With my gathered experience I am confident to say that I can orient my students to go in right way. And I intend to write a book of teaching career in the near future.
Tell me your teaching philosophy?
As my opinion, teaching career requires teachers to learn non-stop and it is a long journey and it is not only limited within the classroom or school, it can goes further. Being a teacher, I want to teach my students how to deal with any circumstance in the future. I am willing to take part in any individual works as well as team works and encourage any contributive ideas to make my students have interest in learning.
What is your opinion about team-teaching?
I know many of you have ever taken part in team-teaching and I am sure that you understand the benefit of it. The interviewer makes this question in order to find out whether you are adaptable, able to work in a group, have experience in this environment, and what your thoughts about this style.
The best way is to talk about the positive side of team-teaching, such as:
Team-teaching is very good when you have to teach a big group of students. Create the cooperation between teachers and gather different ideas… two heads will work more effective than one, normally like that. Show the interviewer your team-teaching experiences that you have collected and the effective results that you achieved.
You can show the interviewer that you are really interested in working in a team and taking part in team-teaching in case you do not have any relevant experiences. You can also show your knowledge of team-teaching if you have read about it and you can describe what you knew with the interviewer…and maybe it will help you impress the interview!
Honesty is the necessary and important factor when you answer the questions in an interview. Prepare your answers in advance can help you give truthful and confident answers to the interviewer. Remember to demonstrate that your skills that you achieved can satisfy the demands of the school or district.
Tell me your biggest strengths?
The interviewer can ask you that question. If you already found information of the district/school and knew what the requirements of the interviewer are, you completely can prepare your answer in advance and demonstrate your strengths, but remember to put honesty in your answers. Do not forget to show the BENEFITS that you can bring to the district/school. It helps the interviewer know more about your value and your talent as a teacher. Perception is critical… you can use your persuading method when talking about your skills with the interviewer.
Obviously, describing your factual skills in your answers is very important. The skills can be classroom management, curriculum development, or technology integration. Through these presented skills, the interviewer will know your ability in teaching career. Do not skip any events and remember to add factual situations into your answers if you have them. It will create your value… and your answers should contain the truth. Show the interviewer how you brought the technology into the classroom and the result that you gained. This result helps you create your value… and it can bring the job offer to you.
Tell me the reason that makes you want to work for our school district?
In order to answer this question fluently, you should prepare and learn about the school in advance. Tell the interviewer why you choose this school or district and why you are interested in this school. Show your personal experience with the school or district if you have. Do you have any knowledge of the students, faculty members, industry fame, community involvement, educational targets and objectives, upcoming ideas, demographics, or extracurricular activities of this school? Base on this information, you can answer the above question correctly. The latest information is very important because the interviewer does not want to hear the old information, of course.
The interviewer wants to know that whether you are sure to work for that school or you send your resume for that position and you are really interested in it. So base on the information of the school that you could collect, take your time to practice in advance so you will pass the interview easily. Your answer to the above question will be more effective and truthful when it go with the research you have made. Your answer will be damaged with inaccurate information – No other successful factors in the interview but preparation and honesty.
As for you, what is a successful principal?
Answer: The interviewer makes this question in order to know how you evaluate the below:
- Which characters makes a successful principal? Which is the most necessary character with a principal?
- Your answer can cause possible argues with the present principal.
The answers to this question may contain as following:
A successful principal needs to:
- Have an overall vision and a plan to perform that vision… know how to bring faculty members together in order to create team strength and encourage them to achieve the school tasks and targets.
- Be visible… The principal should present regularly. He or she should communicate with both students and teachers as often as good.
- Have open mind, and create good relationship with variety of groups.
- Show cares to the students, teachers, parents, and the district.
Could you imagine the reaction of students on the first three days in your classroom?
I am sure that my students will be happy, excited and willing to take part in both individual and team events. I will create an open atmosphere and every student can express his thought and he will understand his classmate’s thought. I will do my best for my students.
What method do you choose to manage your students?
I always make plans for the activities of my schedule. I am willing to listen to my students’ problem so they can release all their worry when they say it out. I praise my students when they want to express their contribution to the lesson. I attract my students by giving them interesting lessons and making them concentrate completely on what I am teaching.
What do you do with an average student?
Before doing something, I will find out what his/her problem is. If the student finds it difficult to understand the lesson or learn slowly, I will take my extra time after school to teach him/her until he/she understands thoroughly. I won’t give up until I can see the big positive change from my student.
What will you talk with parents in a parents– teacher’s meet?
I can understand my students by listening to what their parents say about them and base on that I can build an optimum performance for my students. I will discuss with their parents in order to find out the best approach to make their children develop overall at studies as well as extracurricular activities.
Have you brought technology into the classroom and tell me the way you will teach their student technology?
I used technology when I taught at school in the past. I will use specific and factual information related to the topics and I will use visual technology such as video clips to illustrate for the lessons to make my students understand as much as good.
Which qualities considered making a good teacher?
There are many qualities to make a good teacher but as for me the two most important qualities are punctuality and patience. A teacher who always appears in timely manner is a good example for her/his students to follow. One more important quality is to make good relationship with other teachers and non-teaching staff.
List Teacher interview questions
- Tell me about yourself?
- What are your greatest weakness?
- Why did you quit your last job?
- What experience do you have in teaching field?
- What have you done to improve your teaching knowledge in the last year?
- Tell me about a suggestion you have made in teaching field?
- Why do you think you would do well at this teaching job?
- What kinds of inservices would you be eager to attend?
- List three adjectives that describe yourself.
- What professional teaching organizations do you belong to?
- Have you ever received an award for anything in your lifetime? Describe.
- What were you like as a student?
- What is your educational philosophy?
- What you like and dislike the most about teaching profession?
- In your opinion, what is the difference between a good teacher and a great teacher?
- If you teach a lesson and your students don’t seem to be “getting it,” what do you do?
- What do you do when a discipline problem arises in your class?
- How do you provide support for students who are not performing as well as they should?
- How can you meet the needs of a student who does not speak English?
- In what ways can you teach students to be accepting of one-another?
- How would you teach conflict resolution to your students?
- How will you handle a student who is intelligent but has behavioral and discipline problems?
- Name a book that you’d like to read to (or with) your students. Describe the book and tell why you chose it.
- How do you feel about working in an inclusion classroom?
- How do you meet the needs of a student with an IEP?
- What can you offer our school that other candidates cannot?
- Describe a high-interest project that you might assign to your students.
- How would you react if a student fails to meet deadline?
- What do you like to do when you’re not teaching?
- How do you incorporate writing into your curriculum?
- What have been your most positive teaching experiences?
- How have you contributed toward the development of the total school program in your current position?
- What activities will you sponsor if you are hired for this position?
- Could a student of low academic ability receive a high grade in your classes?
- What is your system for evaluating student work?
- What would be the ideal philosophy of a school for you?
- Why is your field important for a student to study?
- How would you handle a student who is a consistent behavioral problem in your class?
- How would your last principal describe you?
- What five words would you use to describe yourself?
- If you found nonstandard usage in student writing or class discussion, how would you respond to it?
- In what areas do you feel you need improvement?
- What would you do if a student has been absent from your class for several days?
- What provisions have you made for the gifted?
- What would a visitor in your class see?
- How have you communicated student progress to parents?
- What are your recreational activities, hobbies, interests?
- How have you stressed the development of cognitive skills within your classes?
- What is your opinion of holding students after school for detention?
- Teacher interview questions 51 – 100
- Do you like laughter in your classroom?
- What units would you include in teaching [name of course]?
- How do you assist in preventing the destruction of school property in your classroom?
- How would you make a difficult phone call to parents of one of your students?
- What is the role of the student within your classroom?
- What curricular materials have you developed?