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Four Common Job Interview Questions for Teachers

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Teacher Job InterviewAfter waiting for what seems like forever, you finally get a call from the school administrator. Now what?

An interview is a lot like a test. If you prepare thoroughly for your interview, you won’t need to worry about passing the test.

Here are Four Common Job Interview Questions for Teachers, and How to Answer Them:

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

Everyone has their reasons why they became a teacher. Whatever your reason is, you need to give an honest answer, whether it is your love of children that drew you to teaching or a former teacher that inspired you to pursue the field.

What is your teaching philosophy?

Your teaching philosophy should show your experience and abilities. It is important to answer this question in detail. You need to elaborate about your philosophy:

  • Establishing Rapport
  • Student Motivation
  • Teaching Methods (visual, auditory, kinesthetic)
  • Classroom Management
  • Planning and Preparation
  • Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting

Before the interview, make sure to do research on the school to understand their philosophy. Make sure that your philosophy is in line with theirs.

How do you handle classroom discipline?

Classroom discipline is an important subject during the interview. Again, do your research on the policies of the school to make sure that what you say during the interview is in line with their policies.

Discuss how you handle disruptive students or how you’ll ensure that students will behave appropriately. Provide a clear and concise answer with examples and results showing how your teaching style has affected the learning of your students.

How do you communicate with parents?

It’s important to demonstrate openness with this question. Explain specific ways you’ll be able to work together with the parents to assist students and provide them with an environment that’s optimal for learning.

If you want to ace your next interview, you must prepare, just like you would for a test. Make sure that when you come to the interview, you are ready to demonstrate how your teaching skills will be able to help each child reach his or her potential. With the right attitude and preparation, you can “make the grade” on your next job interview.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 40,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.