Teacher Interview Questions
Posted on 19-07-2018

Prepare yourself for an upcoming teacher interview by thinking about how you would respond to possible interview questions. This list is by no means exhaustive, but I have brainstormed and compiled a lot of questions to help give you an idea. This list is also of benefit to Principals and Heads of Department who may be interviewing potential candidates.

 

 

  • What is your favourite book to read to your students and why?
  • Describe yourself using 3 adjectives.
  • Convince me to put my own child in your class.
  • What do you know about our school?
  • What have you learned from your most challenging teaching experience?
  • If you were having a conflict with a parent, how would you handle it?
  • How do you integrate technology into your lessons?
  • In 3 minutes, can you explain something to me that is complicated but that you know well.
  • Share an innovative lesson you have taught. Why do you think it was innovative?
  • Is it important to treat students fairly, equally or both?
  • How would you deal with a disruptive child?
  • Tell me about the real you.
  • How important is collaboration and building camaraderie with other staff members? How would you go about this?
  • If I walked into your classroom during an outstanding lesson, what would I see and hear?
  • What are the key qualities and skills that students look for in teachers?
  • What can you offer our school that other candidates might not?
  • What would be your biggest area of weakness and what are you doing to improve it?
  • Describe your teaching style.
  • How do you encourage student participation?
  • How do you cater for different learning styles?
  • What are some strategies you use to cater for different ability levels in the class?
  • How would you motivate a reluctant child?
  • How do you encourage creativity in the classroom?
  • How do you teach children to use higher order thinking skills?
  • What would you do if a student wasn’t handing in homework on a regular basis?
  • What are your classroom rules?
  • Describe a gifted child. How would you cater for them in your class?
  • Describe a lesson in which you have used differentiated instruction.
  • What has been your most satisfying moment of your teaching career so far?
  • Are you a team player? Explain.
  • Which extracurricular activities would you be willing to help out with?
  • What kind of PD opportunities would you be eager to attend?
  • If you are teaching a lesson and a lot of your students don’t seem to be ‘getting it’, what do you do?
  • How can you cater for high reading abilities and low reading abilities at the same time?
  • How would you calm a child who is having an anxiety attack?
  • How do you communicate with parents?
  • What would you do and how would you handle it if you were unsatisfied with a particular part of your job?
  • How would you handle it if your teaching partner resisted a great new idea that you had?
  • How would you handle constructive feedback from someone in a leadership position?
  • What are some different ways you could use a teacher aide in your classroom?
  • Why do we teach Maths in schools?
  • Talk about your classroom behaviour management strategies and beliefs.
  • Tell me about a time when you set difficult goals for yourself.
  • What would your previous colleagues say about you?
  • How do you align with the spiritual beliefs of our school?
  • Describe what a typical day would look like in your classroom.
  • Tell me about a time you had fun at work.
  • Describe something you are passionate about. If you had one year to develop your skills in this area, how would you spend that year?
  • What makes students excited to come to your classroom every day?
  • If we decided not to appoint you, what would we be missing out on?
  • Why did you become a teacher?
  • What are your 3 greatest strengths?
  • Is there anything you want us to know that we haven’t asked, that might help us as we make our hiring decision?
  • How do you stay organised?
  • How do you evaluate students?
  • How do you handle stress?
  • What books or podcasts are you currently reading or listening to, in order to foster your professional growth?
  • Describe your classroom from the perspective of your students.
  • What are 3 words you hope your students will use to describe your class?
  • Explain your philosophy of teaching.
  • What importance do you attach to cooperation with colleagues?
  • What strategies would you employ if a child started in your class who could hardly speak English?
  • How would you handle a bullying incident in the class?
  • What is the difference between punishment and discipline?
  • What values do you highlight in the classroom?
  • Pretend I’m your Maths student. I can’t stand Maths and I find it a real struggle. What will you do to change my attitude towards learning?
  • What question did I not ask you that you wished I would have?
  • Do you have any questions for us?

 

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