TOP 15 Common Interview Questions Every Teacher Should Prepare To Get Hired!
Job interviews are thrilling! They’re a glimpse into new opportunities, new comrades and new challenges that will alter your career path.
To nail your job interview is all definitely depends on you. How you’ll answer those unpredictable questions depends on how you prepared yourself.
The common interviews I will be writing here are all based on my Skype interviews. Whether the interviews are held online or walk-in, you’ve got to know how to prepare the right answers to the questions.
Question 1: Tell me about yourself
This is similar to the statement: Please give me a tour to yourself.
When you answer this question, the interviewer doesn’t actually want to know about your favorite music or colors. He/she doesn’t mean your life story. What does this question really mean was that they wanted to know your teaching skills, your strengths, and your uniqueness whether you are really a good fit for the position? In answering this question, you need to mention your past experiences and proven successes in teaching children. You need to convince your interviewer that you’re a good catch and that they will be sorry if they won’t hire you. Never summarize your resume word for word.
Question 2: If I would ever talk to your principal/supervisor what would she/he would tell me about your strengths?
This question literally means what you’re good at in teaching. They normally would ask you to provide at least three strengths. To answer this question, you need to be honest in a way that you won’t sound too modest in providing information about your strengths. You must align your answer to the needs and job responsibilities of the school. You need to showcase your skills that will make you stand out from the other candidates.
Question 3: If you could change 3 things about yourself, what would they be?
This definitely means trying to turn your negative attributes into positive. Answers such as ” I don’t have any weaknesses” or ” I can’t think of any relevant weaknesses” are the worst answers you can provide to the interviewer. So, what types of weaknesses you should consider mentioning? When you are considering which weaknesses to share, be certain to focus on your behaviors which can be changed rather than your personality which is really more difficult to change. Provide instances or situations of your picked weaknesses and mention how you have overcome those weaknesses in a positive way. This is how you turn your weaknesses into strengths.
Question 4: What is your teaching philosophy?
When interviewers ask this question, they’re looking for a deep understanding of how you’ll accomplish your teaching duties. To respond to this question, you must address your teaching methods, your beliefs about the learning process and provide at least one example that displays your skills and abilities in a classroom or training environment. Preparing for this question ahead of time can help you make ready and deliver a confident response.
Question 5: Why did you become a teacher or what inspired you to become a teacher?
Be honest. What’s driving you to become a teacher? The reason why the interviewers ask this question is that they want to know the sense of your motivations. Giving examples or stories may be powerful in responding to this question. Did you have someone in your early years in school who inspired you to become a teacher? However, be careful in answering this question. This is a tricky question that you must be aware of. Do not answer this question with the benefits you can gain from teaching such as short days or summer vacation. That may be an inspiring factor but it will not make you look dedicated and won’t reflect well on you as a candidate.
Question 6: If I enter in your classroom on the first day of school, what would I see?
This question is similar to your typical day in the classroom setting. It could also mean how would you prepare the classroom on the very first day of school. The purpose of this question is to test your capabilities in managing your classroom and to see if you are enthusiastic or passionate about teaching. You can be creative in responding to this question. You might consider mentioning the classroom rules posted on your classroom doors which students can vividly read them.
Question 7: How do you prepare your lesson plan and what do you include?
Different teachers utilize different methods of teaching and their lesson planning process may vary accordingly. Make sure that you know the steps of lesson planning to answer this question. Provide the standard curriculum as one of the factors in lesson planning. You must also mention the level of student’s understanding of framing your objectives or goals. Select the appropriate methods in teaching to meet the individual’s needs of your students. There’s a follow-up question to this. After hearing all of your answers, the interviewers might ask this: How would you know you have met your goals? or how would you know that your students are happy with the lesson? You may answer this question based on the assessment results of your students after the lesson.
Question 8: How will you integrate the use of technology in the classroom?
If you are a savvy tech, it’s much easier for you to answer this question. Answer this question by unfolding the most popular or latest technologies in education or by sharing a real life situation where you successfully used technology in the classroom. If you are familiar with the smartboards or Powerpoint presentations, then you can respond to the question most effectively. However, do not just depend on the internet connection or in technology to deliver your lessons to your students for them to be easily engaged. You should differentiate your instructions to meet your students’ needs with or without technology.
Question 9: How do you handle classroom discipline?
Discipline is a vital part of a positive and effective classroom environment. With this question, the interviewer wants to know how you view discipline and what methods you use to maintain order in your classroom. Clearly, state the ground rules that you want your students to follow and also share the disciplinary actions that will be enforced once the rules are not followed. Discuss these rules and expectations on the very first day of your class to your students. Your students need to understand their responsibilities and accountability in your class. You need to mention as part of your strengths in maintaining order in the class of being observant and firm with classroom discipline.
Question 10: How do you interact with the parents of your students?
To answer this question, you should mention your means of communication with the parents. In my case, I use the LINE app to interact with them. I provided my contact information to the parents so they can inquire about the progress of their child. You also need to inform the parents if their children are having learning issues and make sure to update them their progress. I don’t call the parents when I update them with their learning issues or progress. It’s much easier for me and them to communicate effectively on emails or chats through using apps like I mentioned above.
Question 11: How will you prepare students for standardized examinations?
Conducting regular mock exams or short quizzes will help your students preparing them for the final examinations. You can differentiate your strategies in preparing themselves for the exams. Aside from the chapter tests or short quizzes, I usually prepare my students through interactive games prior to conducting a unit test every after the whole chapter if finished. My students love to play with the Kahoot games. It is a based-game learning platform for the students. So, there are many ways that you can do to prepare your students for the final examinations.
Question 12: How do you manage your students who are underperforming?
In other words, these are the students who are slow learners or children with special needs. To answer this question, state that students who require individualized educational plan need a detailed discussion with the parents and will also seek help from the professionals of children with special needs such as the psychologists for you to design a structured curriculum that will meet the needs of those who are underperforming. After getting all the details, you can now monitor the performance and keep the parents informed about the progress of their children. Another answer that you might consider is to restore the confidence of those students who are academically weak by identifying their unique competencies, providing for their special learning needs and most importantly is showing trust in their abilities.
Question 13: Are you a flexible teacher?
This question talks about your capabilities to differentiate your teaching methods to meet individual needs. Make sure to use multiple learning strategies and techniques while doing your lesson plans. You can also provide examples on differentiating your instructions in the class such as cooperative learning, role-plays, debates, research projects, and movie-making so that the students find the instructions more interesting and fun.
Question 14: Why do you want to teach at this school?
This question is asked to see if you have done your homework regarding the school. Prior to your interview, you should make a research about the school their mission and vision. To respond to this question, you need to provide your teaching skills and philosophy that will match to the job responsibilities of a teacher the school is looking for. Don’t forget to mention the strengths of the schools that will fit perfectly with your teaching philosophy.
Question 15: Do you have any questions for me?
When this question is asked, don’t be too naive. Do not answer like” mmm no, I’ve got the answers I needed already”, or ” None, I don’t have any questions”. This question is asked to you to give you an opportunity to clear your doubts. You may ask about the school’s philosophy for handling school discipline. If you are not sure if the classrooms are equipped, you can ask that as well. So, I would suggest that before going to the interview, go to the school’s website first and then read important information about the school.
Therefore, remember that job interviews are like first dates! Good impressions count.