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Questions From Both Sides of the Teaching Desk

Interviewers are paid to ask questions! The following questions are representative of those that you are likely to encounter in your interviews. Use these to practice and you will be prepared to communicate your teaching skills.
  1. What do you want to teach?   
  2. What is your philosophy of education?
  3. With what kind of student do you most (least) like to work?
  4. Describe your style of teaching.
  5. Would you like to be involved in school (community) activities?
  6. What do you plan to be doing in five years? What are your career goals?
  7. Describe your student teaching experiences.
  8. What was your biggest problem in student teaching? How did you resolve it?
  9. What three words would your students use to describe you as a teacher?
  10. How do you individualize your teaching?
  11. How do you feel that the "rapid learner" should be provided for in your area of teaching?
  12. What is the greatest attribute you can bring to a class of students?
  13. What are the qualities of an excellent teacher? Which of these qualities do you have?
  14. Some of your students always finish their assignments early. How would you deal with the free time that they have?
  15. How would you work with students who perform below grade level, especially those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds?
  16. What grade level do you prefer? Why?
  17. How would you use teacher aides and parent volunteers?
  18. Are parent/teacher conferences important? Why or why not?
  19. Why do you want to work in our district?
  20. What do you know about our school district?
  21. Why should our school district hire you?
  22. Describe an ideal classroom.
  23. How do you relate with minority students in the classroom?
  24. A student is consistently late to your class. How do you handle the situation?
  25. What would you do, or how would you treat a student who refused to do the work you assigned?
  26. How would you handle a student who continually "acted up" in your class?
  27. How and when do you discipline a student?
  28. How should a student's educational achievement and progress be measured?
  29. You know that a staff member has been talking behind your back about what s/he sees as your ineffective teaching methods. What would you do?
  30. What do you expect from your supervisor?

Candidates Must Ask Questions, Too

If you are serious about teaching in the district where you are interviewing, there are many questions to which you need to know the answers before you accept an offer. Your interviewer will surely cover some of your questions, but by asking pertinent questions you will show your interviewer that you do understand fundamental issues relating to teaching. You should have several questions in mind before you arrive for your interview. The following 17 questions should give you a good start.
  1. What is the teacher/student ratio in your district?
  2. Do you encourage teachers to earn advanced degrees?
  3. How many classes a day will I be expected to teach?
  4. Do you have teachers serving in areas for which they do not have full certification?
  5. Tell me about the students who attend this school.
  6. What textbooks does the district use in this subject area?
  7. Do teachers participate in curriculum review and change?
  8. What support staff members are available to help students and teachers?
  9. How does the teaching staff feel about new teachers?
  10. What discipline procedures does the district use?
  11. Do parents support the schools? Does the community?
  12. Do your schools use teacher aides or parent volunteers?
  13. What allowances are provided for supplies and materials?
  14. Does the administration encourage field trips for students?
  15. How are teachers assigned to extracurricular activities? Is compensation provided?
  16. Does the district have a statement of educational philosophy or mission?
  17. What are prospects for future growth in this community and its schools?

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