The Most Common Interview Questions For Teachers

Are you interviewing for a teaching job this summer? If so, I highly recommend that you prepare to be asked these common interview questions before the big day.

I compiled this list based on my own research on internet as well as meeting people ( Employers and candidates )

Before my job interviews, I took some time to ponder and prepare my answers to these common interview questions. I even wrote out my answers and studied them, so that the language and explanations came naturally to me during my time under the interview spotlight.

Brainstorm The Best Answers

It’s also a good idea to brainstorm possible questions related to your specific situation. For example, if you are interviewing at a Title I school, they might ask you, “What do you know about Title I?” Think of everything now, so that your brain can be on automatic pilot in the interview.

  1. Why did you decide to become a teacher?
  2. Have you ever taken care of someone? Did you enjoy it?
  3. Do you consider yourself a risk taker? (Give an example to back up your answer.)
  4. Are you a positive and energetic person? (Give an example to back up your answer.)
  5. If a student said she thought you were the worst teacher she ever had, what would you say?
  6. If I were your principal and we were setting goals for next year, what would they be?
  7. What is the last book you read?
  8. Have you ever considered publishing a book?
  9. Some people say you should demand respect. Do you agree or disagree?
  10. Tell me about yourself.
  11. How would you rank these in importance and why? Planning, discipline, methods, evaluation.
  12. If a student came to you and said, “None of the other students like me,” what would you tell him/her?
  13. Are you an empathetic person? Give an example.
  14. How can you tell that a person is a good listener?
  15. Are you an objective person? Give an example.
  16. What do you want to do with your life?
  17. How do you feel if a student does not meet a deadline?
  18. It is the first day of class, you are writing something on the board and a paper wad hits you in the back, what would you do?  Later the same day, if all the students drop their pencils, what do you do?
  19. What was the most frustrating thing that happened to you as a student teacher?
  20. What was the best thing?
  21. Do you believe you should build rapport with students?  If yes, how?
  22. How do you give your students recognition?  Do you think a student can have too much recognition?
  23. How do you encourage students to learn?  Can a student be forced to learn?
  24. How do you handle a child who seems gifted, but is a discipline problem?
  25. How do you feel about computers in the classroom?
  26. How do you present a new word to a class?
  27. What are your strengths?  What are your weaknesses?
  28. What is the role of the principal?  Does a conflict exist between your perception of a principal’s role and his/her role as your evaluator?
  29. Describe your student teaching experience.
  30. During your student teaching, were you ever involved with a situation at school involving racial tension? If so, how did you handle it?
  31. How do you establish authority/discipline?  What do you do when a discipline problem arises?
  32. What subjects have you taught?
  33. Are you patient?  Give an example.
  34. Do you ever feel angry towards your students?
  35. What will you be doing in five years?
  36. What is your educational philosophy?
  37. If you could create the ideal school, what would it be like?
  38. Do you like to be challenged? (Give an example to back up your answer.)
  39. What do you like most/dislike most about teaching?
  40. How do you feel about noise in the classroom?  How do you handle noise in the classroom?
  41. How would you handle making a difficult phone call to a parent?
  42. Tell me about yourself.
  43. What type of reading program did you use in student teaching?
  44. If I walked into your classroom during reading time, what would I see?
  45. Tell me what you know about the 4-block Literacy Model.
  46. What is your personal educational philosophy?
  47. If you could design the ideal classroom for the elementary grades what would it look like?
  48. Which subject area do you believe is your strength, which is your weakest? What steps will you take to improve in this area?
  49. What are the most important or worthwhile qualifications of a good teacher?
  50. What are your strengths and weaknesses as a teacher?
  51. Describe your student teaching successes and failures?
  52. Describe a good lesson, explain why it was good.
  53.  How would you go about planning a lesson?
  54. How would you individualize a curriculum for students at various levels?
  55. How would you identify special needs of students?
  56.  What methods do you use for classroom management? Describe one difficult incident with a student, and how you handled it.
  57. How would you handle difficult parents?
  58. Give me an example of a rule or procedure in your classroom?
  59. What methods have you used or would you use to assess student learning?
  60. What does being “at-risk” for school failure mean?
  61. What are some of the factors/conditions that might put a child at-risk?
  62.  What experience have you had incorporating computers in a classroom?
  63. What grade level would you be most comfortable teaching?
  64. Are you a team player? If so, please give me an example.
  65. What was the last educational book you read?
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