Preschool Interview Questions?

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  1. OneBerry

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    Hello! I am surprised to see this forum so quiet... years ago when I was job searching previously, it was hopping! Anyway, I am hoping someone will be able to help me out. I have a job interview coming up for a position at a preschool. The job is working with 2 or 3 year olds. I have several years' teaching experience, but it is all 6th grade and up, so this feels very new and different to me. Also, it's been quite awhile since I've had a job interview of any kind. What are some questions I should be prepared to answer in my interview? Also, what are some good questions I could ask about the job or the preschool when I have the opportunity? Thanks!
     
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  3. czacza

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    You should be prepared to answer questions about what you know about early childhood education, what a day in your classroom would look
    Like, how to communicate with parents, how you would differentiate learning, behavior mgt....
     
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    Having taught PreK for several years, I can share some of the questions that I have been asked or have asked myself when interviewing for new staff members. They include:

    How will you build relationships with your families? and/or
    How will you communicate with your students' families?
    Are you familiar with NAEYC and/or School Readiness?
    How would you deal with a conflict between two students?
    How would you design a thematic unit?
    Can you describe what a typical day in your classroom might look like?
    Are you familiar with (insert name of state standards here)
    Can you share your feelings about play-based learning experiences?
    How do you build strong working relationships with your paraprofessionals? (because paras are essential, both legally and practically, to any PreK program).

    And so on. I would read up on your state standards. And find out if the school is NAEYC-accredited. That is the gold standard for preK accreditation. You don't have to have it memorized. It's a lot of information. Just be familiar with its mission and guiding principals. If there are major preschool grant programs in your state, find out the name of it and a little bit about it.

    Hope this helps!
     
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    Thank you both. I'm not sure I was prepared enough to answer all of the questions suggested by @Rainbowbird but nonetheless I got a job offer!
     
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    Congrats! :celebrate:
     
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    Congratulations! That is wonderful news!!
     

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