Knowledge Center: For Teachers


Interviewing Tips and Strategies

Remember, first impressions make a huge impact so be smart and dress appropriately. Always remember to smile, be a good listener, and pause to think before answering. Don?t forget to ask your interviewer questions at the end, as asking the right questions will set you apart, and be sure to research the district for which you are applying. If you follow these guidelines and actively prepare and practice beforehand, then you should have no problem landing your dream teaching job.

1. What is your teaching Philosophy?

2. What are the components of a lesson? The components are: anticipatory set (introductory activity), warm up, direct instruction, guided practice, independent practice, assessment, and closure.

3. How would you help a struggling reader? Would you use one on one instruction? Small groups, send home activities for parents to help, or bring it up to a reading specialist? 

4. What would you do for a constantly disruptive student? Find out what?s causing the behavior?  Conference with student and parent?

5. How do you check to see if each student understands the material you are teaching? Ask students to explain how they arrived at their answers and how they know the answers are right?  Require that students always show their work.

6. What kind of assessment methods would you use in your classroom? Familiarize yourself with the district's assessments for the grade level you are interviewing for. Standard assessments include, tests, quizzes, class work, homework, Internet research projects, participation, etc. 

. How would you incorporate technology into your lessons?Internet research projects?Class blogs? Be prepared to share a specific project you?ve done that was successful.

8. Where do you see yourself in ten years?Administration?Masters or doctorate degree?  National Board Certification? Mentoring?

9. How comfortable would you be with special needs students in a general needs setting?

10. What would you do to encourage parents to become more involved?

11. How do you establish a good rapport with parents?

12. What are your two biggest strengths and weaknesses? Ideas for strengths: creativity, energy, enthusiasm, strong work ethic, patience. Ideas for weaknesses: Perfectionism, a particular concept/topic/subject area you?re not as strong in but are working to learn.

13. Why would you like to teach at this school specifically?Proximity to home? Good reputation? You really want the grade level available? Be authentic in your response.

14. What is your grade level preference and why? Give a grade range here, in case the principal can?t hire you for the grade you want. 

15. Why do you think you would be a good match for this school and what can you offer us that no other candidate can? "I never teach a lesson the same way two years in a row. I am constantly bringing in new ideas from the Internet, other teachers, my co-workers, and original concepts. I am open to change and like trying new things in the classroom." From Watson, Angela. Cornerstone For Teaching.