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?