78 Questions You Might Be Asked

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  1. Sammie

    Sammie Rookie

    Jul 10, 2007
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    Here are some questions I compiled while preparing for elementary school interviews. I went on about 8 interviews
    (including job fairs) over the past 3 years before just getting my first job as a fourth grade teacher! I have been asked the majority of these questions at some point. Hope this helps you prepare!

    Interview Questions

    1. Tell me about yourself.
    2. What would you like to tell us about yourself that you couldn’t fit on your resume or cover letter?
    3. What 4 words would you use to describe yourself?
    4. If your friends and family had to describe you in 4 words, what would they say?
    5. If someone were to summarize you as a teacher, what would they say?
    6. What is your teaching/educational philosophy?
    7. What skills will you bring to this grade level team and school? Why should we hire you?
    8. When would you defer to a colleague? When might a colleague defer to you?
    9. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
    10. Why do you want to be a teacher?
    11. Is there a defining moment, student, or person that has stuck with you and will continue to influence you as a teacher?
    12. What makes you an effective teacher?
    13. Talk about a time when you have experienced success in the classroom.
    14. Describe a lesson that went poorly. What would you do differently next time?
    15. What have you learned from subbing, etc. that you did not expect to? What was your biggest challenge?
    16. What are some things you have seen while subbing that you will do in your classroom? That you won’t do?
    17. Why do you want to teach at this school/district/grade level?
    18. What do you see as the role of the principal?
    19. What qualities do you look for in a colleague?
    20. How will you co-teach and/or collaborate?
    21. Tell us about a time when you have received critical/constructive feedback and how you reacted to that.
    22. How do you think children learn?
    23. How do you know children are learning?
    24. What experience do you have teaching students with special needs?
    25. How will you adapt for special needs?
    26. What is your experience with the IEP process?
    27. How will you differentiate instruction in _______ subject area?
    28. How will you address a variety of learning styles in the classroom?
    29. You’ve tried everything for a struggling student, now what?
    30. What do you do for the student who repeatedly says, “I don’t get it.”?
    31. What are some things you have done for struggling readers?
    32. What initiatives will you take for students on the autism spectrum?
    33. What are some things you have done for students with ADD?
    34. What will you do for gifted and talented students in your class?
    35. What is your philosophy on inclusion?
    36. How would you defend/define inclusion to a gen ed parent who disagrees?
    37. How will you work with resource teachers, paras, etc.?
    38. What are your thoughts on the self-contained classroom?
    39. What would your classroom look like? If money were no object, describe your ideal classroom?
    40. What would your language arts program look like?
    41. How much of the day do you think should be spent in literacy? Math?
    42. Talk about Balanced Literacy.
    43. Address the stages of reading at this grade level.
    44. How will you incorporate social studies and science?
    45. Talk about a thematic unit you have taught.
    46. Describe a sample lesson plan in _________ subject.
    47. How would you assess students?
    48. What is your experience with assessment?
    49. Talk about how you would use data to inform instruction.
    50. What experience do you have with DRA testing?
    51. What are your thoughts on No Child Left Behind?
    52. What do you think about the MCAS? How would you prepare your students?
    53. How will you address the standards in your lessons?
    54. How will you adapt grade level standards in your class?
    55. It’s the beginning of the school year…how/where do you start?
    56. Are you familiar with Responsive Classroom?
    57. What is your behavior management system?
    58. What are some rules you would have?
    59. Talk about a specific example of a behavior problem you have dealt with.
    60. Talk about a time when you have had a conflict with a student.
    61. How did you/would you foster a classroom environment of respect
    62. Talk about a time when you have had a conflict with a parent or when you have been taken by surprise by a parent. How did you react?
    63. How would you encourage parental involvement in the classroom?
    64. Write a sample letter to parents introducing yourself and the year ahead.
    65. It’s open house night. What three things do you want to stress to parents?
    66. As a principal, I spend a lot of my day walking around the school. If I were to enter your classroom unannounced, what would I be likely to see?
    67. What is your favorite book? Children’s book? Children’s author?
    68. Talk about your experiences with multiculturalism in the classroom.
    69. How would you attend to children’s social needs?
    70. How would you handle student reactions to Sept. 11th? War in Iraq? Terrorism?
    71. How will you incorporate technology?
    72. What are some questions you have about our website?
    73. What internet resources have you found helpful?
    74. How do you handle stress?
    75. What do you see as the most difficult aspect of teaching?
    76. What question didn’t we ask that you thought we would? Answer it.
    77. Anything else we should know/you want to add?
    78. Any questions for us?
  3. rookieABC123

    rookieABC123 Comrade

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    Jul 10, 2007

    Great questions--thank you for posting them...now if I could only answer all of them :rolleyes:
  4. HawaiianPenguin

    HawaiianPenguin Rookie

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    Jul 10, 2007

    Thanks! What a comprehensive list!
  5. lillebe

    lillebe Rookie

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    Jul 12, 2007

    Wow, great list of questions... I agree with rookieABC123, I wish I could answer all of them. I think if I was asked some of these on an interview I'd freak out.
    Thanks for posting!
  6. katrinkakat

    katrinkakat Connoisseur

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    Jul 22, 2007

    Thanks, I will practice with these!
  7. Ally

    Ally Rookie

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    Jul 22, 2007

    What a great comprehensive list of questions!

    These are such great questions! It is so important to be prepared for these interviews. Also, expect the unexpected. I recently went on an interview for a 3rd or 4th grade position. To my surprise, the principal asked me how I teach spelling and if I sing to my kids. I have never been asked this before. To say the least, this was the most unusual interview I have ever been on in my twelve years of teaching.

    I want to thank everyone in the forum for their help and support. I was very nervous interviewing, since I had resigned from my position this last year before the end of the school year. It really helped me to know that I was not the only one out there going through the process and stressing out. Everyone offered me very positive feedback and suggestions. I really needed the help and encouragement. Finally, I just accepted a position this last week! I will be teaching 5th and 6th ELA. Good luck to all and thanks again!
  8. MelissaM

    MelissaM Rookie

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    Jul 28, 2007

    I have an interview on Monday for a kindergarten position....thank you so much for such a wonderful list of questions! I'm keeping the faith the God knows where he wants me and I'm hoping it's in this school!!!!
  9. Xgomenara9

    Xgomenara9 Rookie

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  10. MelissaM

    MelissaM Rookie

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    Jul 29, 2007

    I would use supportive strategies for this child first. For kindergarten, I use the stop light. Everyone starts on green, then a warning before being moved to yellow, then yellow which is stop and think about your actions (lose 5 minutes of recess), then red which is a note sent home and lose 10 minutes of recess. (I would like to think of alternative consequences other than loosing recess, I think this is important for kids!)

    When you say "challenging" I'm thinking the behavior has not improved by supportive strategies and I would move towards corrective strategies. Negative behavior that continues indicates a child may be looking for attention, avoidance/escape, control, revenge, they may need self regulating or coping strategies or they are just plain playing. I would have a serious talk with the child first and to try to understand the reasons for the behavior. If proximity, redirection/relocation do not work, I would then work with parents and colleagues on a behavior contract/plan.

    Any other suggestions rather than loosing recess time?
  11. b2teach

    b2teach Rookie

    Jul 24, 2007
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    Jul 29, 2007

    wow this is great, if only I had this at the beginning of my job search, its a big help though. I don't think I know half the answers though.......
  12. merigold78

    merigold78 Cohort

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    Jul 29, 2007

    bless you! i am waiting for the phone to ring for a 2nd inter. as we speak. it will be w/the prin. AND superintendent, and i was just thinking i should practice some new ques. :). thanks for your help!!


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