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100 Sample Teaching Interview Questions
100 Sample Teacher Interview Questions
1. Tell us about yourself.
2. What is your educational background?
3. Describe your experience working with students at this age level.
4. Why did you choose to become a teacher?
5. What is your philosophy of education?
6. What are your strengths?
7. What are your weaknesses?
8. Describe a lesson in which you’ve used differentiated instruction.
9. How do you encourage creativity in your classroom?
10. How do you teach kids higher-order thinking skills?
11. Describe your most successful lesson. Tell why it was successful.
12. How do you make learning fun for students?
13. Besides lecture, what methods of teaching do you use?
14. How do you assess student performance in your classroom?
15. How do you prepare students for state standardized tests?
16. What would you do if a student did not hand in his/her homework on a regular basis?
17. How much homework do you give?
18. If I were to walk into your classroom, what would I see?
19. Describe your discipline philosophy.
20. What are your classroom rules?
21. What routines would be incorporated in your teaching?
22. What would you do if a student threw a pencil across the room?
23. What would you do if one student hit another student?
24. What would you do if a student was swearing in your class?
25. What would you do if a student was complaining about an assignment you’ve given?
26. Describe some methods of “positive reinforcement” that you might use in your classroom.
27. Would you describe yourself as a “tough” teacher or an “understanding” teacher? Explain.
28. How would you create a behavior modification for a student with ongoing behavior problems?
29. In your opinion, what is the best way to avoid behavior problems?
30. Describe the most challenging student you’ve ever taught.
31. How do you communicate with parents?
32. Can you show us an example of a parent newsletter that you might write?
33. What would you do to calm an angry parent?
34. A parent calls you because they are worried about their child’s low grades. What would you say to the parent?
35. How do you keep parents informed of their childs’ progress?
36. A parent writes a note and tells you that their daughter could not complete their homework assignment because she had a dance recital the night before. What do you do?
37. How do you encourage/teach students to be organized?
38. How do you integrate technology into your instruction?
39. How computer literate are you?
40. Do you think it is appropriate for children in school to be using the Internet?
41. Describe a time when you’ve worked on a team.
42. Describe a time when you’ve been a leader.
43. How do you feel about team-teaching?
44. How would you recommend a child for special education services?
45. Some classes have students with a wide-range of reading abilities. How can you met the needs of students with high reading abilities and low reading abilities at the same time?
46. What would you do for a student that is gifted?
47. Describe a gifted student.
48. What is your favorite subject (or age) to teach? Explain.
49. What is your least favorite subject (or age) to teach? Explain.
50. Describe your student teaching experiences.
51. What are some of the most important things you learned when student teaching?
52. What was the most satisfying moment throughout your student teaching?
53. What was the most frustrating thing about student teaching?
54. Describe one college course that taught you the most about being a good teacher.
55. Who influenced you to become a teacher?
56. What is the biggest challenge you’ve had to face in your life?
57. Are you currently reading any books? Describe.
58. What is a life-long learner? How can you help your students to be life-long learners?
59. A student confides in you and tells you that his parent abuses him. He asks you not to tell anyone. What do you do?
60. What extra-curricular activities would you be willing to help with?
61. Have you ever subbed in this school district?
62. What do you look for in a principal?
63. How do you communicate with administrators?
64. Would you like to be part of our new teacher mentor program?
65. What kinds of inservices would you be eager to attend?
66. List three adjectives that describe yourself.
67. What professional teaching organizations do you belong to?
68. Have you ever received an award for anything in your lifetime? Describe.
69. What were you like as a student?
70. In your opinion, what is the difference between a good teacher and a great teacher?
71. If you teach a lesson and your students don’t seem to be “getting it,” what do you do?
72. How do you provide support for students who are not performing as well as they should?
73. How can you meet the needs of a student who does not speak English?
74. In what ways can you teach students to be accepting of one-another?
75. How would you teach conflict resolution to your students?
76. Name a book that you’d like to read to (or with) your students. Describe the book and tell why you chose it.
77. How do you feel about working in an inclusion classroom?
78. How do you meet the needs of a student with an IEP?
79. Where do you plan to be in five years?
80. Are you a flexible person? Explain.
81. What can you offer our school that other candidates cannot?
82. Describe a high-interest project that you might assign to your students.
83. What do you like to do when you’re not teaching?
84. How do you incorporate writing into your curriculum?
85. How would you teach the writing process?
86. What do you write in your lesson plan book?
87. How closely do you follow your lesson plans?
88. What part of this job are you most looking forward to?
89. What part of this job scares you?
90. What are the biggest challenges that teachers face today?
91. Why do you want to teach in this, particular district?
92. How can you make your teaching connect to students’ real-world experiences?
93. Tell me about your references. Who are they and how do they know you?
94. If I were to call your references, what might they say about you?
95. How can you reach out to the community as a teacher?
96. How do you make sure you are teaching to the state standards?
97. What kinds of materials and supplies would you need to do your job well?
98. How do you feel about noise in your classroom?
99. Show us your portfolio.
100. What questions do you have for us?
So now you know the QUESTIONS….
….but do you know the ANSWERS?
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