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Tips for Teaching Job Interview

If you just have graduated, you will be seeking a job for a teacher. But getting a job as a teacher is not as easy because most of the institutes demand experienced teachers. In such situation, you can only get a job by impressing your interviewer. You can do so by answering all the questions appropriately and confidently. Here are some general tips for teaching job interview:

  • First of all create teacher portfolio to take it on interviews. Place all documents in a quality folder to keep all things together.
  • First way to impress an interviewer is to dress appropriately. Wear a nice and clean dress when going for a teaching job interview. You can also get a nice haircut to enhance you looks. If you are a man, please shave nicely. If you do not want to shave trim hair to get a nice look. Also check details about other accessories like shoes. You should look like a professional by your entire appearance.
  • Arrive early on interview venue but do not arrive too early. You should be there about ten minutes before actual time given to you.
  • Try to get some information about your potential employer. Carefully read their mission statement so that you can answer interview questions with reference to the purpose of institute.
  • Foresee the questions which may be asked along with their answers which you will give. For having a look on sample questions, you can also search online to have an idea what might be asked.
  • Get prepared to speak to a panel of teachers because teacher interview often takes form of a team interview. After walking into room, introduce yourself to all persons by shaking hand and making eye contact. Do not give a dead fish handshake and do not let your eye contact develop into a stare either. Be a good listener and listen to their names carefully and try to remember their designations.
  • Answer all questions positively and avoid mockery. You should be honest and not try to lie as your lies will definitely sound different and will go against you.
  • You will also be asked about your favorite lesson so be prepared to talk much about it. Make sure your favorite lesson is student centered.
  • You should also prepare some questions which you will ask. At the end of interview, you will be asked if you also have some questions. You can ask questions about hiring process, need for supporting documents, demo lesson etc.
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Sample Interview Questions for Teaching Applicants

Here some sample interview questions are given which are mostly asked from teaching candidates. It is not necessary that interviewer will ask every question given below but if you will prepare answers of these questions, you will be able to leave a good impression.

  • How and why did you decide to become a teacher?
  • What do you want to do in your life?
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Are you a compassionate person? Give example.
  • Are you an objective person? Explain your answer with example.
  • Are you a positive and energetic person? (Back up your answer with example)
  • Describe three of your strong points?
  • List three of your weaknesses as a teacher?
  • What was the most frustrating thing that happened to you when you were student?
  • What was the best thing you feel when you were student?
  • If I were your principal and we were setting goals for school, what would your suggestions be?
  • If a student says that you are the worst teacher he ever had, what would be your reaction?
  • How would you rank these in importance? Give reason of your answer. Planning, methods, evaluation and discipline
  • How can you tell me that a person is a good listener?
  • How would you react if a student fails to meet deadline?
  • It is your first day in class and you are writing something on whiteboard. A paper clump hits you in back. What would you do then?
  • Do you believe in building rapport with students? If yes, how?
  • How do you encourage students to learn?
  • Can a student be forced to learn?
  • How will you handle a student who is intelligent but has behavioral and discipline problems?
  • How will you present a new thing/word in class?
  • Do you wish to use computers in classroom? How?
  • What do you think is the role of a principal?
  • Is there a clash between your insight of principal’s role and his role as your evaluator?
  • Describe your student teaching experience.
  • What subjects have you taught?
  • During your teaching, were you ever involved with a condition at school that involved ethnic tension?
  • If yes, how did you handle the situation?
  • What do you do when a discipline problem arises in your class?
  • Are you patient? Did you ever get angry with your student?
  • If you are given a chance to create an ideal school, what would it be like?
  • Do you like to face challenges? Back up your answer with example.
  • How do you feel about noisy classroom? How would you handle noise in classroom?
  • What is your educational philosophy?
  • What you like and dislike the most about teaching profession?
  • What will you be doing in five years?
  • How would you make a difficult phone call to parents of one of your students?

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