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10 Teacher Interview Questions and Answers to Master For Your Next Interview

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Not sure what teacher interview questions and answers you should be practicing for your upcoming interview? Here are the top 10 teacher interview questions you should be practicing with my own personal sample answers to help you confidently prepare for your upcoming interview. These teacher interview questions and answers will help you confidently prepare for your upcoming teacher interview, and know with confidence how to stand out during your next interview from other candidates.

I was so nervous because in the front office they gave me a piece of paper with 30 teacher interview questions and answers to practice before my interview.

“Great,” I thought, “this district understands how nerve-wracking interviews can be and decided to give me the questions ahead of time.”

But boy was I wrong! Come to find out one of the reasons they gave me the questions ahead of time was because I had to answer 30 interview questions in 20 minutes or less.

So I sat there in that room for 20 minutes practicing these questions, and I was so nervous that I had to be careful how hard I held the paper with the questions so that the sweat from my hands wouldn’t get on the paper.

True story! But the good news is (spoiler alert) that interview went SO WELL that I got the job! In fact, I am currently teaching in that same district.

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The Secret

Now whether you have to answer 30 interview questions in 20 minutes or not, answering teacher interview questions and answers can be very intimidating.

In fact, you might be feeling like:

  • You want to make a good impression and stand out from the other candidates but you secretly hate talking about yourself.
  • You are absolutely terrified you are going to say something wrong OR WORSE freeze up completely.
  • You are struggling to find the time to prepare for your interview.

If you can relate to any of these first off, don’t worry, I felt the exact same way when I last interviewed. But also, there’s a secret method I use to answer interview questions that make me feel confident and I want to share that with you.

And that is the following steps:

  • Restate (Restate the question to give you some think time)
  • Experience (Relate the question to an experience you had to build credibility)
  • Mission and values (Relate your answer to the mission and values of the schools)
  • It Factor (Answer the question using your “it Factor or what makes you stand out)

To demonstrate how to answer teacher interview questions and answers using this method, I compiled a list of the top 10 teacher interview questions and how to answer them to help you feel confident and prepared.

So grab that cup of coffee (chai for me, please!) and let’s get started!

What inspired you to become a teacher?

This is a common question in teacher interviews, and it’s important to have a thoughtful and genuine answer prepared. You might talk about a teacher who inspired you when you were younger, a personal experience that sparked your interest in education, or a desire to make a positive impact on young people’s lives. Whatever your answer, be sure to convey WHY you’re passionate about teaching and your commitment to helping students succeed.

How do you differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students?

Differentiating instruction is a crucial aspect of being an effective teacher. In order to meet the needs of all students, it’s important to understand their individual strengths, weaknesses, and learning styles. One way to differentiate instruction is to use a variety of teaching strategies and materials, such as visual aids, hands-on activities, and technology. By tailoring instruction to meet the needs of each student, you can help them reach their full potential and achieve academic success.

How do you handle classroom management and discipline?

Classroom management and discipline are important aspects of being a teacher. It’s important to have a clear set of rules and expectations for behavior in the classroom, and to consistently enforce those rules. As an example, when a student misbehaves, it’s important to address the behavior calmly and respectfully, and to work with the student to find a solution. It’s also important to communicate with parents and other teachers to ensure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to classroom management and discipline.

How do you incorporate technology into your lessons?

Incorporating technology into lessons is becoming increasingly important in today’s classrooms. As a teacher, it’s important to stay up-to-date with the latest technology and find ways to integrate it into your lessons. This could include using educational apps, online resources, or interactive whiteboards. It’s also important to ensure that all students have access to the technology and that it’s being used in a way that enhances their learning experience.

How do you assess student learning and adjust instruction accordingly?

Utilizing assessments to drive instruction is another common teacher interview question. As a teacher, it’s important to regularly assess student learning to ensure that they are understanding the material and making progress. This can be done through a variety of methods, such as quizzes, tests, projects, and class discussions. Once you have assessed student learning, it’s important to adjust your instruction accordingly. This could mean re-teaching certain concepts, providing additional resources or support, or modifying your teaching approach to better meet the needs of your students.

Can you tell us about your teaching experience?

This is a common question in teacher interviews, and it’s important to be prepared with a clear and concise answer. Start by highlighting your relevant teaching experience, including the grade levels and subjects you have taught. Also, be sure to mention any special certifications or training you have received, as well as any notable achievements or successes in your teaching career. Emphasize your passion for teaching and your commitment to helping students succeed.

How do you effectively communicate with families?

Another common teacher interview question is how you effectively communicate with families. As you answer this question, talk about instances where you have worked alongside families. Also, don’t forget to reiterate why you are passionate about working with families in the academic setting. One way to answer this would be to restate the question and then speak about how you started communicating with your families on ClassDojo during the pandemic. You could expand on how you were passionate that all your students and families felt seen, heard, understood, valued, and supported no matter what was going on.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

This question is often asked in teacher interviews to gauge a candidate’s long-term goals and aspirations. As a teacher, it’s important to have a clear vision for your professional development and growth. For instance, you might discuss your desire to take on leadership roles within the school or district, pursue advanced degrees or certifications, or explore new teaching methods and technologies. It’s also important to emphasize your commitment to ongoing learning and improvement and your dedication to supporting student success in the years to come.

If you have a student who is not following directions in class, what do you do?

This teacher interview question is designed to assess your classroom management skills and your ability to handle difficult situations with students. Your answer should demonstrate your understanding of the importance of clear expectations and consistent consequences, as well as your ability to communicate effectively with students and their families. Much like the previous classroom management question, you might discuss strategies such as positive reinforcement, redirection, and individualized behavior plans, as well as the importance of building positive relationships with all students in your classroom. It’s also important to emphasize your commitment to creating a safe and supportive learning environment for all students.

Can you give an example of a successful lesson you’ve taught?

This teacher interview question is designed to assess your teaching skills and your ability to plan and deliver effective lessons. Your answer should demonstrate your understanding of the importance of clear learning objectives, engaging instructional strategies, and effective assessment practices. For example, you might discuss a lesson that you designed and implemented, highlighting the specific learning objectives, instructional strategies, and assessment methods that you used. It’s also important to emphasize the positive outcomes of the lesson, such as increased student engagement, improved student understanding, or higher student achievement.

To Wrap it All Up

Overall, there are several ways you can answer teacher interview questions and answers but I personally recommend answering with the following:

  • Restate
  • Experience/Story
  • Mission and values
  • It Factor

And if you want more help preparing for your next interview, check out the Teacher Interview Workshop!

Inside this workshop, you’ll walk away with:

  • The confidence to stand out from other candidates with your “it factor”
  • All of your Interview Assets set up and ready to go
  • Systems in place to flawlessly execute your interview like a pro
  • Leverage your takeaways to perfect your interview process

Next Steps

Download the Effortless Teacher Interview Guide to answer all your questions about applying for a different teaching position.

Take it a step further and join the Land Your Dream Job Mini-Course, a self-paced program to take you from researching districts to apply to, to landing your next teaching position.

Remember:

See you in the next one, teacher bestie!

Love,

Helena

AKA

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