Teacher Interview Questions And Answers
Understanding teacher interview questions and answers before you attend a job interview can be helpful. A teacher interview will encompass many questions designed to allow an employer judge not only the skill level you have for teaching, but your personality and how it might work in a classroom setting. Being prepared to demonstrate your capabilities both as a well-trained individual and someone who can work well with students in a variety of age groups can help ensure you are considered for the next teaching position you pursue.
- You will encounter many questions regarding your educational background. While this information will be included in your resume, your prospective employer may ask you to explain any degrees and extra certification you have. Don't simply state where you obtained your education. The employer can read this in your resume. Talk about the education you received. What did you like about the schools you attended? How were their teaching methods effective and how did they impact your teaching skills?
- Questions regarding your previous teaching experience will come up. These questions may include, "What did you like best about your last teaching job?" and "What do you feel you learned working with special education children (if applicable)?" You may be asked why you left your last teaching position. With this last question, be honest. It's likely your potential employer will have already contacted your previous employer. When answering about what you liked best about your previous job, be specific. Don't simply say you enjoyed the environment or that you enjoyed working with the kids. That is a given. Avoid talking badly about past employers during a teacher interview.
- Moral questions, or what if questions, are designed to help prospective employers judge the fabric of your moral makeup, which can be essential for someone teaching children. There are often no right or wrong answers for these questions. Answer them honestly. Questions that judge moral fiber typically begin with "What if . . ." and present situations, such as "What if a student lost control in your class and cussed at you?"
- Why do you want to work for our district? Is a question you may be asked. Explain that you have heard good things about the district and that you have checked with the Board of Education to determine the quality of the district. Avoid stating you want to work for a district simply because it offers better pay. You don't want the impression to be that your teaching desire is motivated by money.
- What is your teaching strategy? is a question you will likely be asked. Explain yours. There is no right or wrong answer. Your prospective employer wants to know your methods to determine if they will fit in with the school district's methods.