Interview Questions (2012)

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  1. Barbd

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    Had an interesting question yesterday at an interview.

    What would you do if you if another teacher constantly dismissed students after the bell and they arrived 5 - 10 minutes late for your class? There was an entire scenario where you had already talked to the teacher and the teacher insisted her class was more important.

    There was another that asked something along the lines of Do you hold your students to the same standards as your high performing students?
    I asked to clarify if they meant the same standards or the same expectations. They asked me to answer both. I answered something like I felt standards were a base line all students were expected to reach, though not nec. at the same time or level. While I hold high expectations of all my students, the expectations I have for each is based on their ability, not other students' performance.

    They all told me how good of an answer that was and how much they liked it, so I must have done something right on that one.

    Most of the rest of the questions were standard or based on my resume and experiences and training.
     
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    My last interview was for a position that teaches at-risk students; most of the questions focused on classroom management and at-risk students. I don't think they asked one thing about teaching strategies.
    - how do you describe a high-risk student?
    - how do you motivate a student who is not motivated to learn, or do his work?
    - how would you involve parents?
    - why do you want to work with at-risk students?
    - describe your classroom management style / strategies.

    typical questions:
    - describe your education, qualifications and preparations that makes you ideal for this position.
    - weakness / strengths

    There were more. but can't remember.
     
  3. omgpenguins

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    The questions I was asked yesterday (not word for word):

    -When your friends and family ask you why you want to be a teacher, what do you tell them?
    -Explain how you would create a positive classroom environment.
    -Tell me about a time where a behavior issue took you by surprise, and how you handled the situation.
    -How do you plan your lessons so all your students learn the material?
    -Tell me about a lesson that went really well, and what you did to make sure it went well.
    -How do you differentiate assessments and assignments?
    -How do you incorporate technology in your classroom?
     
  4. luvmyblessings

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    1) How would other teachers describe you?
    2) How would your students describe you?
     
  5. ktmiller222

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    Any help with answering these:
    28. How do you use inquiry with your students?
    29. How do you incorporate Bloom's Taxonomy into your lessons?
    30. Which educational theorist do you most identify with and why?
     
  6. Rhesus

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    I got a writing prompt at the beginning of an interview recently that was actually pretty good:

    "You have just received an email from a parent. He is upset because he just learned that his son, a senior, has a C average for the third quarter, and he is afraid it will harm his college applications. He claims that you have not communicated to him before now. Write the response that you would give to this parent."
     
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    1. What are the top 3 most important qualities for a teacher to have?
    2. What would be the number one rule in your classroom?
     
  8. raynepoe

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    Just got back from my first ever public school interview, I was very nervous, and I think my first few responses were jumbled....:eek:...One question that I didn't see listed:

    Tell me about a time you went above and beyond for your students.

    They said they would call either way within 2 weeks..............
     
  9. jd123

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    I had an interview on Tuesday. Here are a few of the questions:
    How would I incorporate technology into the classroom?
    What would I do with an openly defiant student?
    Am I familiar with STEM and STEAM?
    Am I familiar with a flipped classroom?
    How do I feel about collaboration and being on a team?
    How do I communicate with parents?
    How do I build rapport with students?
    And
    If a penguin wearing a sombrero walked into the classroom, what would he say?
    I think I saw this question in another post. I didn't think I did all that well, but I was offered a position! I have some questions about contracts, so I will be asking those in another post.
     
  10. Cme10

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    Nervous

    These are all great questions but could people include their answers? I have been attempting to get a teaching position for six years now. The economy and other factors have just consistently stood in the way. Because I have not been in my own classroom or dealt exclusively with students I find answers about the SS or State testing or language blocks difficult to answer. I have a language arts interview on Monday and I am scared witless! Any resources or suggestions?
     
  11. Bozley

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    Thank you.

    Thank you to all those who posted here. I am currently student teaching, & am hoping to be considered for teaching positions upon graduation in the spring. Any advice / tips / additional sample questions will be extremely helpful. Thank you. :)
     
  12. history

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    With all due respect

    You can prepare for all the interview questions in the world, but that person across from you or the people across from you already know who they will hire before they or he/she starts with the interviews. While I went through the interview process (as a sub without certification and looking to teach) I would come close only to have a teacher with years experience get the position or a principal that had someone else in mind. I believe it has to do with being certified, having some teaching experience and knowing someone.
     
  13. Mavman

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    Just had my first job interview (phone interview)for a high performing charter school. I just received my certification and have mnay years subbing so I am really good at classroom management but have not held a full time teacher position yet, so i don't know it went...

    1) How would you use data to assess student productivity?

    *They got me with that one*

    2)Name an obstacle you faced and how you overcame it?

    3)Nake a time you received negative feedback and how did you respond to it?

    4)What do you expect from a leader and what do you expect from your colleagues?
     
  14. ktmiller222

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    Here's are some of the questions I was asked today for my interview:
    1. Tell us about your education, experience that would help you in the available teaching position.
    2. How do you incorporate technology in your classroom?
    3. How do you build relationships with other teachers?
    4. What do you look for in a principal/supervisor?
    5. What do you think a principal/supervisor is looking for in you?
    6. What is your classroom management?
    7. What are your best qualities?
    8. Why should we hire you and not the others?
    9. What is the difference between Sage on Stage and Guide of the Side? Which one are you?
    10. If you were offered to take Reg Edu position or Spec Ed position, which one would you take?
     
  15. allaragallagher

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    Thanks. I know I would go blank on: "What do you look for in a principal/supervisor?" I haven't had a teaching job yet. I'm just looking to get hired. I don't want to tell a principal how to do his job.
     
  16. ktmiller222

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    Yeah, nerves got the best of me and I think I was rambling on but I know I said someone who is positive, has an open door policy (meaning you can come talk to them when you need to), and who has experience with all sorts of students (spec ed., gifted, reg. ed). I think that was okay but who knows! =) Good luck!
     
  17. runsw/scissors

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    When I read that question my thought was "I prefer to use project-based learning over tradition paper/pencil worksheets when possible. They are more work for me to score, but most students I've come across in my career are better able to show their mastery of the subject matter this way. There is a place for worksheets, but it is not the only (or in my opinion the best) method. I also feel that children learn best when interacting with their peers. I employ games, physical demonstrations, presentation, note taking, and a variety of other methods based on my students' needs.
     
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    I think I would answer this question like this:

    I would hope I could have a supervisor or principal push me to be my best. If I make a mistake I want to know and I want to know how I can be the best teacher I can be. I love positive feedback, but I also like being the best teacher I can be and I would love a principal who helps me be just that.
     
  19. ktmiller222

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    Here are the questions I was asked at a screening interview today. They are not word for word because I was thrown off with the questions and assumed I would be asked basic questions (bad on my part). Since I was preparing for basic questions that you are normally asked, I don't think I did very well. But at least I'll know to prepare for all questions even if it's just a screening interview.

    How do you handle a difficult student with their behavior?
    Think of a lesson plan you completed and take me through it.
    How do you accommodate students who are special needs/ LD/ have IEPs?
    What do you do with students to show them you have high expectations of them academically?
    What do you do to ensure students are learning in your classroom?
    How do you teach students?
    Why is being a teacher the right professional career for you?
     
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  20. runsw/scissors

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    I have gotten asked some variation of the first question many times. I have answered by telling about the workshops I have taken and the system used by the school I was at, and then I explained how I have worked them together to create classroom discipline that works for me. In the case of challenging students I try to notice them daily (even if they growl back) for positive or neutral things and keep the statements to "I see that..." and free of judgement. I try to give as many choices as possible about the little stuff so that they feel they have more power/control of their environment. Keep classroom rules simple and broad and consistently apply them. If you can come up with specific examples all the better. My goal is to try to help students solve problems themselves between us before getting parents involved. I can always bypass steps in the discipline cycle as the situation demands.
     
  21. willow129

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    Here are some of the questions I was asked at a music interview (I'm not quoting):

    What makes you excited about teaching?
    Describe what you teach to 1st grade, 4th grade, and 6th grade (I think like, what concepts you expect them to know, or at least that's how I understood the question.)
    How would you run a 5th/6th grade choir? What would a rehearsal look like/how would you choose the music?
    Talk about the various methodologies, Kodaly, Orff, Dalcroze, Gordon, Weinhart...and some positives and negatives of each. (I did not get to actually finish my answer to this question before they wanted to move on.)

    There were others I will post later!
     
  22. willow129

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    OK other questions:

    We are going to have a big arts integration program at our school next year which we haven't fully designed yet, what experience do you have with that/what can you contribute?
    Describe how you communicate with parents.
    Describe a situation with a parent that was challenging and how did you handle it?
    Describe your classroom management style.
    How do you reach out to all learners?

    I think that's all.

    And then they left me time for questions, I asked about PD opportunities (which seemed to catch them off guard a bit I was surprised) and about what they had planned for the arts integration program so far and asked them to tell me more about the school and what they like about it. There was a parent on the committee who warmed up a lot to that question and it sounds like her kids love it there so that was really nice.

    I was also asked to play piano, they had various songs laid out (melodies only) and they asked me to pick one and show what I would do with it as far as accompaniment which I totally bombed. Ha...ah well...I told them I mostly play guitar honestly when I have to accompany in class and I have accompanists for my choirs so having that sort of spoiling me I have neglected my piano skills :( Which is true and sad. That part of the interview was not fun!

    Anyways I hope that's helpful to someone, I was thinking many of these questions could be asked of any specialist teacher really.
     
  23. ktmiller222

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    Hello!

    I've been on a few screening interviews that generally went well for the most part. I know that I def. screwed up answers to the following questions. How do you generally answer them? I feel like I am all over the place when I answer and they never make sense. Any examples would help me out!!! I feel like I can't organize my answers because I'm thinking about too much!!
    They are:

    1. Describe how you plan a lesson/lessons
    2. Tell me about a lesson that went really well.
    3. Describe your behavior mgmt with a difficult child.
    4. How do you motivate a student.
     
  24. allaragallagher

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    Well, I haven't got a job yet so I'm not sure my answers are helpful but...

    1. I mention that I learned to work backward. I start with the CCSS and work from there. I stress that I plan with differentiation in mind and that my learning objectives always match my assessments.

    2. I think this is a very personal answer. In my teaching experience, I talk about a specific lesson I taught my juniors. I talk about how it went well because I broke the lesson down into manageable chunks of time to reduce fatigue; I used multiple instructional tools to differentiate instruction; etc.

    3. In my case, a difficult child is a difficult young adult. I use behavioral intervention techniques to keep inappropriate behavior from escalating (like I have the student sit on the other side of my desk from me) and I implement academic or behavioral contracts when necessary. My contracts either serve as a behavior management plan or designate a time before, during, or after school for the student to meet with me for individual academic help.

    4. I try to make my lessons as relevant and engaging as possible by knowing the interests of my students. I also plan my lessons with student choice in mind so that my students can use whatever outlet they want to share with me their progress toward the learning goal.
     
  25. ktmiller222

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    What questions do you think they would ask in an interview for a long term sub position and how would you answer them?
     
  26. runsw/scissors

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    In my experience LTS position interviews have been short and sweet. *Tell me what you know about this school.
    *This is the program we use for ___________. Are you familiar with it?
    *Would you be willing to go through training for __________?
    *One of the children in this class has diabetes (or some other medical condition). Would you know what to do if _______? Would you feel comfortable handling a medical emergency of this kind?

    My advice is be honest.
    *I don't really have experience with a person going into diabetic shock, but I know I could handle the situation because in my family my sister had __________ and everyone was trained what to do if she suddenly _____________.
    *What I know about this program is...
    *What do you do about...
    *I would be more than willing to get trained for...

    I've been a LTS three different times. Once there was no interview because I'd been at the school in that grade level quite a bit. The other two had very brief interviews with a sampling of the above questions. I think typically if you are being asked to do a LTS you are either already known in the building or have been recommended by another trusted administrator.
     
  27. allaragallagher

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    Interviewed today for a high school English teaching position. Here is a list of the questions I was asked:

    What is your interest in becoming an Eng. teacher here at xxx. Educational background?

    What is your level of familiarity with the CCSS?

    What is your technological background?

    What are your goals? Where do you see yourself in five years?

    What is a strength you would bring? What is something you would need to improve on?

    What does classroom management look like in your classroom?

    What strategies or techniques have you used to motivate students?

    What professional development activities have you been involved with?

    Tell us about a lesson you taught and why it went so well.

    Describe positive communications with students' families that you have used in the past.

    What do you feel are the most important skills to be taught in English?

    Name the most recent book you have read. What interests you about the topic, theme, or author?

    Who is your favorite author of adolescent fiction? What is your position on the teaching of adolescent fiction as a lead into classical fiction?

    Do you think all high school students should read a Tale of Two Cities or is it acceptable to read adolescent fiction by Robert Cormier that might have a similar theme?

    Describe your certification/finger printing status.

    Do you have any questions?
     
  28. ktmiller222

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    Demo

    Things are better me this year because I've been called in for interviews, even though they've only been screening interviews, it's better then hearing nothing from school districts the past four years. By luck, I have two interviews set up next week (1 screening interview for one of my top picks and a first round interview at a #2 school district in the county in which I don't think I have a chance at).

    I've been going over questions but I know nerves will get the best of me, just like they did in my previous screening interviews. I know both schools require teaching demos if you make it past round 1.

    I've never had to do a teaching demo at my last job. Is it in front of students or a panel? Are you actually teaching a lesson or just going through the lesson? Are you sitting or standing? If it's in front of a panel, are you treating them like kids? Are you bringing in materials for everyone? Sorry for all the questions but I am really curious! Maybe I'll have an opportunity to do a demo lesson this summer!

    Thanks!
     
  29. hep223

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    Hello! I am sure this question has been asked and answered, but it is one I have struggled with.

    Why do you want to work in our district?

    How you you answer this? In the back of my mind, all I hear is "I want a job!" but we all know we can't say that! At the last interview I had I said because it is a great and well known district. Please help me find a better answer to this question!
     
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    I'm so glad I found this because I was just practicing this question in my head. I have an interview this week in a top district so I was thinking how to answer this if I was asked. Maybe something like:

    "This district is a well known district that has won many awards. With the success of this district, I believe there are high expectations set which I do well in. I would love to be part of this district because I love to think of new ideas on how I can improve lessons, create engaging activities, and interact with staff members on how to make this school/district a great place to be."

    This is just a draft....I'm still working on it...hope this helps!
     
  31. hep223

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    That is a great response! Do you write the answers down and then take them with you? How do you remember all of this? I had an interview with my dream district last week and walked out feeling that everything I said was not what I wanted to say. Needless to say, I haven't gotten a call for a 2nd interview.
     
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    No, I don't write them down or take them with me. My first interview went horrible because I didn't prepare. Each interview I go to, I get a little better. I do really bad at interviews because I get so nervous. I can prepare all I want but sometimes I go blank. I'm on the same boat as you. I had a screening this past Tuesday in my dream district. I let nerves get the best of me and I wish I did better. Worse of all, all the questions they asked, I was prepared for but nerves make me goof up! Good luck to you! I'm going on an interview at a top school in the county now. I don't think I have a chance but I'm taking it as practice with the interview!
     
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    Interview questions from my interview this morning:
    1. Tell us about your background/training and why you want to work in this district.
    2. What is your favorite thing about teaching at the elementary level?
    3. Tell us about the most difficult experience you went through in teaching.
    4. How do you a handle a student who is difficult behavioral wise?
    5. What do you think the biggest challenge facing a 5th grader in reading?
    6. Describe a typical 5th grader?
    7. How do you communicate with parents to keep them updated with everything that is going on with students/academics?
    8. What is project-based learning to you?
    9. Besides tests and quizzes, how else do you assess students learning and how do you use this to assess your teaching/lessons?
    10. Tell us about a lesson that went really well.
     
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    Hi! Funny enough, I practiced this question in my head on the way to my interview today and they didn't even ask!

    Thank you for sharing!
     
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    question

    First, 4 people interviewed me (2 of which were from my department). They basically asked me softball questions, though one question really got at me: "When did you decide you wanted to become a teacher?"

    This is a tricky question for a career changer to give. I ended up going off into some tangent and not very well. I should have just given a 2 to 3 line answer and let them go to the next question.
     
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    That is a tough one for a career changer. Maybe next time you can use one of your strength(s) as a reason (i.e. I'm a great motivator...like to motivate individuals to do their best in whatever they are doing blah blah blah...and give an example).

    Good luck!
     
  37. teachart

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    I got an interesting question from the last two districts I interviewed with

    "How do you want to be evaluated by an administrator?"
     
  38. texashistory

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    How do you start the "tell me about yourself" question?

    I always feel that this is my worst question. "Well I'm......" and I go blank.

    I never know how to even start this one to where it doesn't sound verbatim from my resume or boring. How to begin usually has them checking in or out and I think I lean towards checking out then they check back in when I'm done and other questions win them over that on.
     
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    If you are applying to out of state positions, how would you respond to this question: Why do you want to teach in this state (example Florida)?

    Also, this question: what do you in guided reading?
    I've never really done guided reading before so I kind of struggled with this question.
     
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    As far as the question regarding out of state positions, that is one you will want to have a good answer for. You went to school in that state, you have family in the state, that is your favorite state because of _____, you wanted to live where it was warmer, you enjoy mountain sports, you are planning to relocate there, with or without this job. My son went to school in the midwest, so saying that he fell in love with that culture was true and satisfied.
     

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