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.

Jobs differ in the extent to which they offer people the opportunity to influence others at work. When have you been satisfied/dissatisfied by the amount of influence you had over others? Why? What did you do?

Jobs differ in the amount of paperwork required. Do you like or dislike completing a lot of paperwork? Why? Describe the paperwork you have to complete.

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Bonus Questions


  • What kind of salary do you need?
  • Describe some tricky situations in which you were required to interpret equipment or measurement data.
  • What information have you been required to analyze? Describe one of your most difficult analyses.

Daily Interview Tip

Drive or travel the route a day or two ahead, at the same time of day as you will on the day of the interview. Hiring managers sometimes make the mistake of giving preference to candidates who are similar in background or personality, or taking the score from one aspect of a candidate's performance and applying it to all aspects. When responding to questions about your previous work mistakes, stress what you have learned. Stress that there is something valuable from every mistake you have made. Then have a brief story ready with a specific illustration.