Teacher Interview Questions
You get that call from the new school you have applied to. You have just got the job interview for that the teaching position you have been dreaming about? How does that feel? Part of you says ‘fantastic!’ while another part says ’scary interview!’
Don’t fret. If you’re a well-prepared and suitably qualified candidate there is no reason why should not ace that interview and be in your new teaching job before you know it.
Preparing for a teacher interview is similar to studying for an exam. Simply look through the frequently asked teaching interview questions, decide what you will say before the interview and then get in there and show them the best you’ve got. Be prepared and those teacher interview questions will seem simple and familiar. The answers will be right there and you will show through as confident and knowledgeable.
To get you started here are three of the frequently asked teacher interview questions.
How do you teach to the state standards/National Curriculum?
If you attend a teacher interview in the United States or the UK, school administrators love to talk about the national standards! Explain to the interviewer that everything you do is in line with the standards. Be sure the lesson plans in your portfolio have the standards written on them. When asked about standards, show your lesson plans and explain the correlation between the standards and your teaching.
How do you make sure students are adequately prepared for standard tests?
There are standard tests at almost every grade so ensure that you are familiar with the names of the tests. Explain your methods of preparing students using specific examples. If you want to really impress the interview board then describe the format of the tests in some detail as this will show your understanding and familiarity.
What is your philosophy around classroom discipline?
Explain that you preference is to use positive reinforcement. You are firm with students but you never raise your voice. You have in place appropriate consequences for all inappropriate behaviour. Classroom rules are clearly posted on walls and openly discussed with students. You follow the school’s discipline guidelines and set routines for students so they have clear behaviour standards. Don’t forget to mention that your expectation is that discipline issues will be very low as your lessons are interesting and your teaching style is engaging to students. The response you must avoid is to say that you would send all disruptive students to the headmaster or principle You must show that you are able to handle most issues of discipline yourself. Remember students should only be sent to the heads or principles office for serious or constant behavioural problems.
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