Teacher Job Interview Questions

Strong Communicators.

Vice Principal the principles look for teachers who are strong communicators. 99% of your success as a teacher will depend on your ability to communicate. This is because teachers must communicate with diverse population of children, families and staff. So because of this, you should be prepared to respond to job interview questions that assess your ability to communicate. Have examples prepared in advance of your job interview related to times when you had to speak to an angry parent or an upset student.

Planning Teachers.

Planning is such an important part of being a teacher. Teachers must plan ahead to make sure that daily classroom routines anticipate children’s needs, emotionally, socially, physically and cognitively. Job interviews today stress, the ability to plan lessons, activities, and so forth. You will be asked questions in your job interview about when you had to plan something complex, interesting and engaging and educational all at once. Think back to some of your teaching experience and even some of your experience volunteering or in school, where you were in charge of planning a project or an event. Doing this before your job interview will be vital.

The Ability To Connect.

Are you a people person? Can you connect with others easily? Well, you better be able to show a prospective school employer that you can engage others and inspire students. Teachers must recruit and reach out to area families and foster a sense of community within the school and encourage parental involvement and interactions. Because of this, you must be able to show an employer that you can engage others easily. Be sure to have examples ready of when you inspired a lackluster classroom to learn. Be prepared to describe the techniques and methods you use to engage people. But the best way to show a school employer that you can connect well with others is to show passion in your job interview when you speak about teaching. By connecting with the school hiring manager, using eye contact and smiling you will demonstrate your ability to connect.

Tell me about a situation in which you asked a subordinate to gather information for you.

How do you do you secure cooperation? Give an example and describe the benefits you achieved.

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Bonus Questions


  • What would you do if you won the lottery?
  • What do you know about this company?
  • Tell me about a legal settlement, you negotiated. What was the situation? How did you negotiate your position?

Daily Interview Tip

A phone interview is likely to feel less spontaneous and flexible than a one to one. Practice responses to interview questions - but don't try to memorize them. Being yourself is essential to interview success. Responses need to feel and sound natural. Some interviewers may well have a set script of questions and while you may feel rushed, at some points, if the interviewer thinks they have the information they need they will want to move on.