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Sample Interview Questions

The following list of questions are for preparing yourself for an interview. The below questions are commonly asked by employers. There is a set of general questions as well as teaching specific questions for you to go through and practice prior to going to an interview. In addition there is a short list of questions that you should not answer if asked during an interview. These questions are personal in nature, and are seen as inappropriate to ask.

Sample Questions - General

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What are your long-range and short-range career goals and objectives, and how are you preparing to achieve them?
  • Why did you choose your career?
  • What do you consider to be your greatest strengths? Weaknesses?
  • How would you describe yourself? How would a friend or professor describe you?
  • How has your college experience prepared you for your career?
  • Why should I hire you?
  • How do you determine or evaluate success?
  • In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our company?
  • Describe a situation when you had to use your creativity to the fullest to complete a project.
  • Describe your most rewarding college experience.
  • If you were hiring for this position, what qualities would you look for?
  • What led you to choose you field or major?
  • What have you learned from participation in extracurricular activities?
  • How do you work under pressure?
  • Describe the ideal job.
  • Why did you decide to seek a position with this organization and what do you know about us?
  • What major problem have you encountered and how did you deal with it?
  • Give me an example of how you convinced your supervisor to assign you to a project.
  • What are your salary expectations?

Sample Questions - Teaching Specific

  • What is the role of the teacher in the classroom?
  • How would you describe your last principal?
  • What principles do you use to motivate students?
  • Describe effective teaching techniques that result in intended learning.
  • How has your education and life experiences prepared you for this position?
  • What is the most exciting thing happening in the area of education?
  • Describe an ideal curriculum in your area of study.
  • Describe the physical appearance of your classroom.
  • How did you make use of your spare time during university?
  • How much time do you devote to the lecture approach?
  • If you could choose to teach any concept in your area, which would you select and why?
  • What rules have you established for your classroom?
  • Describe the format you use to develop a lesson.
  • What should schools do for students?
  • How do you handle the different ability levels of students in classes?
  • How would your students describe you?
  • What is the toughest aspect of teaching today?
  • What is the role of homework?
  • What has been your most positive/ negative teaching experience?
  • What activities will you sponsor if you are hired for this position?
  • What is your system for evaluating student work?
  • How would you handle a student who is a consistent behavioral problem in your class?
  • How would you handle a student sleeping in your class?
  • What would you do if a student has been absent from your class for several days?
  • What are your practices in dealing with controversial subjects?
  • What curricular materials have you developed?
  • What do you like most about teaching?
  • What aspects of teaching do you like least?
  • How do you involve parents in the learning process?
  • In your opinion, can a school be too student-oriented?
  • Why do you want to be a teacher?
  • What can you do for this School Board?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • How would you respond if a parent said that you marked too hard?
  • How do you implement career education concepts in your class?
  • Define current curriculum trends in your area.
  • Describe independent study projects your students have completed.
  • In what professional associations do you hold a membership?
  • Could a student of low academic ability receive a high grade in your class?
  • What five words would you use to describe yourself?
  • What provisions have you made for the gifted?
  • In what areas do you feel you need improvement?
  • What is your opinion of holding students after school for detention?
  • Do you like laughter in your classroom?
  • Describe an assignment that you recently gave to students.
  • How do you assist in preventing the destruction of school property.
  • What is the role of the student in your classroom?
  • What units would you include in teaching?
  • Have you supervised student teachers, interns or practicum students?
  • Cite the criteria you would use to evaluate a textbook for possible adoption.
  • What field trips have you arranged for your class in the past year?
  • Describe a lesson plan that you have developed? What were the objectives?
  • A student tells you they have been experimenting with marijuana. What would you do?
  • How have your classes made use of the library?
  • What should your students gain from taking your class?
  • How would you change the school-system if you could make any changes?
  • How do you cope with stress?
  • What two books, concepts or experiences have influenced you most in your professional development?
  • What question have I not asked that you wish I would have raised?
  • If you are selected for this position, what can we do to help you become successful?
  • In what kind of environment are you most comfortable?
  • How do you individualize learning in your class?
  • How would you motivate the hard to reach child?
  • Describe how you made a contribution in the last job or activity you were involved in.
  • Do you consider your education as a valuable experience? Why?
  • How did you spend your summers? Why?
  • Are your grades indicative of your ability?
  • What changes, if any, would you make to your education?
  • What type of person do you not get along with?
  • How do you handle jobs/tasks that you do not enjoy?
  • In less than two minutes, describe yourself.
  • What values are most important to you?
  • How would you define teaching as a job? As a profession?
  • How do you receive feedback? Criticism?
  • How will you appraise your teaching performance?
  • What do you base student evaluation on?
  • Describe a situation in which you had difficulty in getting along with someone and how you overcame it.
  • What are your prominent work habits?
  • What limitations do you have that would impact your performance in this position?
  • If you were hiring a graduate for this position, what qualities would you be looking for?
  • What failures have you experienced and what did you learn from them?
  • What extracurricular activities have you participated in and what did you gain from them?
  • Tell me about a recent problem you have experienced and how you went about solving it.

Sample Questions - Inappropriate

  • How old are you?
  • Are you married?
  • Do you have a family?
  • What are your religious tendencies?
  • How is your health?
  • How much money are you currently making?



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