6 Sample Teacher Interview Questions That Need Preparation

Teacher interview questions- most of them are basic. Yet, there are those questions that can stump you. These questions can ruin your chance of getting the job, if you’re not prepared. So, here are seven sample teacher interview questions that need preparation.

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How do you plan to use technology in your classroom?

This question is not really about how you use technology. Teachers use technology all the time.

Instead, this question is really about you plan to have students use technology.

So, you need to prepared to answer questions about how you will have your students using technology. Students can use communication to keep up with course work, communicate with each other, receive instruction, or reinforce learning.

Using Technology in the Classroom

Be familiar with apps that students use to do the above, you’ll be prepared to answer the following questions.

What are some apps that you are familiar with or that your students have used before?

How do plan to incorporate these apps into your classroom?

These are questions are the types of questions that you’ll be asked concerning technology in the classroom.

Can you provide examples of how you would differentiate instruction?

This is not a question that you can answer on the fly. Differentiated instruction is a complex and technical topic. Also, differentiation is an important topic with so much student diversity existing in the classroom.

When discussing differentiating instruction, be sure to demonstrate how you’ll teach to multiple learning styles. To do this, you can use your sample lesson plan in your teacher portfolio.

Just be sure to use a lesson plan that includes activities that includes multiple learning styles.

In addition to learning styles, your answer should also mention different ways you can differentiate content, process, products, and environment. These are the different ways to differentiate learning.

For example, for differentiating products, you can mention using task cards. The point is that your answer is specific in how you plan to differentiate instructions. Furthermore, you provide examples that you’ve included in your teacher portfolio.

Lastly, make sure your answer discusses meeting individual student needs because that’s what differentiation is about.

How do you use data to drive instruction?

Teaching is an ongoing process.

First, you plan your lessons to teach certain standards. Then, you provide direct instruction covering these standards. Next, you assess your student performance on those standards. Finally, you plan reteaching opportunities and start the process over again.

Data drives the entire process. Data means knowing your students, where they are at in their learning process, and what they can/ cannot do. You use to data align curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

When answering the question, tie data driven instruction to differentiation. You can’t differentiate if you don’t know your student data.

Also, mention the various reteaching opportunities you’ll employ, like how you can spiral in review and reteaching.

Not only that, you should include how you will use formative assessment, too. Data-driven instruction goes beyond standardized testing and benchmarks.

Waiting until the end of the year to view the data downplays the role of everyday data in your classroom. As a matter of fact, data collection opportunities pop up in your classroom all the time- by using formative assessments. You simply have to record the data.

One last tip- make using data more than analyzing numbers. Instead, make data-driven instruction about putting a face on the number. Make it about knowing your students.

How do you communicate and include parents?

Education needs to be a partnership with parents. They’ve entrusted you with their children. Teachers need to make a connection with parents.

Unfortunately, many parents feel like their in opposition to the school. Often, this may be due to negative experiences they’ve had in school when they were students. Or, they may have experienced a negative parent/ teacher conference.

Whatever the reason, it’s your job as the teacher to extend the olive branch. The school district wants to know how your going to do that.

Be ready to demonstrate how you will communicate with parents. Once again, this is a great place to show rather than tell. Including a sample of parent communication in your teacher portfolio will help you.

Additionally, you’ll want to discuss how you’ll use technology to communicate along with phone calls and paper communication.

communicating with parents

Above all, mention that you’ll communicate positive comments about students along with addressing attendance, behavior, or grade issues.

Put yourself in the parent’s shoes. How would you like to only hear from the school when there is a problem? What parent doesn’t feel pride when they’re told that they’re child showed kindness by helping another student?

Demonstrate to your interviewer that you plan to include parents in the learning process by communicating effectively, positively, and consistently.

How do you pursue learning and growth as a teacher?

Really, this question is just as important as any other question you’ll be asked. Basically, it’s about the professional development you pursue, not the PD that you’ve been required to attend.

The purpose of this questions is to gauge how innovative and teachable you are. Educations is a living process. Technology changes. New theories develop continually.

Being teachable and having a growth mindset shows the interviewer that you’re willing to adapt to the needs of your students.

To do this, mention any workshops that you’ve attended recently. Or, you can discuss what educational material you’ve been reading lately like what educational journals you subscribe to.

Also, you can discuss the blogs or online resources you follow like edutopia. These are great places to gather information.

Of course, your answer needs to address how you’re current in educational trends and research and use best, research-based practices.

Hypothetical Scenario Questions

These types of questions are growing in popularity. This is because interviewers want to see how you act at the moment.

They demonstrate how you will react in real time. A question like this denies you the opportunity for the ideal situation on which you base the majority of your answers.

They’re usually based in classroom management practices.

Likewise, they’re usually multi-level because multiple levels makes you drop any defenses you’ve built up and forces you to provide an honest answer. In other words, you show how you really feel.

Honestly, these are the questions that trip up most teachers because they’re not ready for them. Instead, your answer will be emotionally charged because the continued questioning pushes your buttons.

So, you’ll need to be ready by making sure you have a consistent, positive classroom management plan in place. By referring to this, and demonstrating that you plan to follow it consistently, you’ll avoid falling for the trap.

Preparing for These Sample Teacher Interview Questions is the Safe Bet

The teacher interview process is designed to find candidates that are a right fit for the campus. It’s a weeding out process.

You can breeze through this process by preparing for it an advance. Knowing how you’ll answer these six sample teacher interview questions is just the starting point.

There are more questions you’ll be asked. And, preparing answers for interview questions is only one way that you can prepare for your teacher interview. Ultimately, you’ll want to be as prepared as you can be.

That’s the difference between getting the job and still looking for one.

Click here to find out how to be fully prepared for your teacher interview.

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Author: Chris Meche

I'm a teacher that wants to help other teachers grow in their craft. I also want to help parents teach their children to read at home. Reading is more than a hobby; it's my passion.

6 thoughts on “6 Sample Teacher Interview Questions That Need Preparation”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing! I think it’s great that you’re helping the teaching workforce, one that is incredibly important and sometimes undervalued. My mother was a teacher for over 40 years and I’m currently working my way through school for the same thing. I will definitely keep these questions in mind during an interviews.

    1. Thanks for the comment. Best of luck to you with teaching. Teaching is a rewarding profession, if you can get the help you need. Teaching is not a solo project. Teachers need to work together, especially now with so much negativity surrounding teachers. Yes, the pay is low and often the system seems to work against us. But, in the end, it’s about making a difference in the lives of our students. If we stay focused on that, then everyday will be a great day in the classroom. I’m thankful that I get to go to work and influence the next generation. And, it all started with securing the right position. I’ve been lucky to have only taught in two districts. And, the one time I moved was for advancement purposes, and I’ve been there over 6 years. It was the preparation I put into the teacher interview that got me the position I wanted.

  2. Hi Chris,
    This is a very beneficial and inspiring post. You really focused upon many crucial topics that every teacher should know and apply. I like precisely this idea: you’ll need to be ready by making sure you have a consistent, positive classroom management plan in place. By referring to this, and demonstrating that you plan to follow it consistently, you’ll avoid falling for the trap. I believe as you that if you are well prepared, you will accomplish a lot. I will share your site with all my friends so that they get benefit of it.
    All in all, your website is superb; the niche, the domain name and the contents are fantastic. Wishing you all the best!
    Rania

    1. Thank you so much. Helping other teachers is why created this site. It’s important that teachers work together. Before becoming a teacher, I worked in the corporate business sector where I saw too many people working against each other, even in the same company. Teachers can’t survive with that type of mentality. We have to work together to reach as many students as we can. That’s what makes teaching such a wonderful profession. We’re always sharing ideas. Again, thank you and if there’s any way I can help, let me know.

  3. Hi Chris, thanks for your site, there are excellent resources for teachers here. As someone who regularly sits on interview panels, I appreciate your resources to support people who are going through the interview process. Preparation is the key. I think sometimes applicants don’t realise that the panel wants every applicant to succeed, not try to trip them up. The more preparation that goes into an interview, the better the outcome for everyone.

    1. Thank you. It’s my hope to be of help to teachers. I don’t know everything, but I do know some things. I want to pass on what I’ve learned from research or from my own experience. I feel that the teacher interview process is one of the most important things that schools do toward ensuring quality instruction. It’s important that schools hire teachers that are the right fit. Even more important is making sure that teachers stay. It’s sad that teacher retention rates are so low across the globe. Teaching is a noble profession, and teachers need to be valued for what they contribute.

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