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Sample Interview Questions for Teacher Candidates

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The questions below will give you a sample of the types of questions that are frequently asked at interviews for positions in the field of education.

Motivation and Personality

  • Why have you selected education as a profession?
  • What do you enjoy most about teaching?
  • What do you feel would be the most significant contribution you could make to our school system?
  • Why did you decide to teach your subject area in particular?
  • What is there about you that would cause a district to hire you over others?

Academic Preparation

  • Describe your student teaching experience.
  • Tell me about your most difficult and enjoyable experience during your student teaching?
  • What was the highlight?
  • What was the worst problem you had? How did you handle it?
  • Describe one activity or lesson that you were particularly proud of that you accomplished during your student teaching experience.
  • Did you have any discipline problem? If not, how do you account for that? If so, what behavior modification program did you use?
  • Please tell me about your other work experience with children?
  • What evidence can you cite of rapport-building in your teaching experiences?

Teaching Techniques and Style

  • Explain your style of teaching - strategies, methodologies, techniques.
  • What is your grading philosophy?
  • How do you plan for a year? A week? A day?
  • What are some examples of "rules" you would have in your classroom?
  • Describe what I would see if I walked into your classroom while school was in session.
  • What area would you like to strengthen?
  • What steps would you take to improve a student's self-concept?

Knowledge of the Employer

  • What do you know about our school district?
  • Why do you want to be a teacher in our district?

Hypothetical Questions: What would you do if...

  • You caught a student cheating?
  • A student never had his/her homework completed?
  • A student seemed to be an outcast in the class?
  • You knew a student had a serious personal problem?
  • How would you communicate with parents?
  • How will you go about meeting the needs of exceptional students?

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