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The following are examples of questions that you may be asked during an interview:

Opening Questions

  • When and why did you decide to pursue a career in teaching?

  • In three words - who are you?

  • What is your philosophy of education?

  • Who was your favorite teacher and why?

General Questions

  • What is the role of the parent in the child’s education?

  • How actively involved should parents be? Should they assist with their child’s homework?

  • What would be an ideal teaching assignment for you and why?

  • What seems to be the toughest part of teaching today?

  • Name the titles of the last three books you have read.

  • Do you want to be a friend to your students?

Classroom Management

  • You have heard the phrase "good discipline" - what does that mean to you?

  • How would you handle student defiance?

  • What are some types of behavior management techniques that you would use?

  • What rules would you establish for your classroom?

  • Would you like laughter in your classroom?

Teaching Strategies

  • Which is better for you, self-contained or team teaching?

  • How would you individualize learning?

  • How would you implement inquiry?

  • What is the role of homework?

  • What would be the components of a good lesson presentation?

Measuring Student Performance

  • How would you evaluate student projects in your class?

  • How would you communicate student progress to parents?

  • Do you believe in retention in the elementary grades and who should make that decision?

  • What do you feel is an effective grading scale?

Personal Characteristics

  • If you needed help, to whom would you go?

  • What five words would you use to describe yourself?

  • How do you cope with stress?

  • How do you handle conflict and controversy?

  • What are you currently a "6" on, that you would like to be a "10" on in a few years?

Closing Questions

  • If you are selected for this position, what can I do to help you be successful?

  • Are there any comments that you would like to make about your transcripts?

  • In summary, what is it that makes you the best candidate?