8 Most Popular Teaching Interview Questions Answered
From the Editor: Interviews are a big part of landing a teaching job. Principals and interview teams of teachers across the country ask similar questions, but how should you really answer? An expert shares these eight popular questions and answers so you can prepare to shine in your interview and land the teaching job you want.
Question 1: What are your thoughts on team-teaching?
Answer: I am sure many of you have participated in team-teaching and realize the benefits of this strategy. The interviewer who asks this question wants to discover, if you are flexible, enjoy working in a team environment, have experience in this area, and what your viewpoints are on the subject.
It is always wise to speak about some of the positive aspects of team-teaching, such as:
It is an effective strategy for teaching large groups of students. Encourages teachers to collaborate and generate ideas … two heads are always better than one! Talk about team-teaching experiences you have had, and the positive results that transpired.
If you haven’t had any hands-on experience, you may explain that you enjoy working in a team setting and are excited about the possibility of participating in this approach. OR, maybe you have done some reading on the subject and can share some of the insights you gained with the interviewer … this will definitely be impressive!
Furthermore, it is vitally important to be honest when answering all questions during the interview. Organizing your thoughts in advance will serve to help you deliver truthful and concise responses, while highlighting the skills you possess that are most compatible with the needs of the school or district.
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Question 2: What are your greatest strengths?
Answer: This question will probably be asked. Now, if you researched the district/school and found out what they are looking for in a candidate, you will be able to focus your response on that information, keeping in mind it is important to tell the truth. With every response you must show your VALUE to the district. This will also give them an idea on how you view your talents and skills as a teacher. Perception is critical… you must be able to confidently discuss your skills using a convincing approach.
It is important the answer shows your hard/tangible skills. For example, classroom management, curriculum development, or technology integration. These skills will show the interviewer(s) what you can do on the job. Don’t stop there, you will set yourself apart from the pack if you can back up your claims with actual stories. This will build credibility… it shows you really are good at what you are claiming. Tell them about what you have done to incorporate technology into the classroom and what was the result. The result part of the story sells value… and that produces job offers. Don’t have these skills yet? Get them now.