At once a career choice and a potential political argument, education is in the nation’s spotlight. Although few would argue that the system is broken, the remedy remains up for debate. As a teaching professional, you may find yourself answering interview questions on the Common Core State Standards while trying not to become embroiled in a political discussion. Also, be prepared for questions about your involvement with advocating for all students, especially those considered at-risk.
Sampling of Possible Interview Questions for Teachers:
How do you help students set goals?
What are some ways you have customized information to meet the needs of individual students?
How do you achieve the engagement of 100% of your students?
Discuss any bullying prevention initiatives or programs with which you’ve participated.
What do you do (or would you do) if a lesson didn’t go as planned?
Describe your vision of an ideal school.
How do you keep parents informed of the progress of their child?
What are you looking for in a school? District?
How do you handle cheating?
What is your opinion of teacher-powered schools?
How do you handle the different ability levels of students?
How would you help a very unmotivated student to persist and complete his work?
How do you help quiet students find their voice in class?
How do you engage parents?
If a student said she thought you were the worst teacher she ever had, how would you react and what would you say?
Have you ever had to intervene in a bullying situation? What happened?
What course of action would you take if a student says he or she is being abused at home?
How do you handle an irate parent who is blaming you for their child failing a test?
How do you meet IEP needs?
What do you think is the best way to implement common core standards? Have you?
Talk about a time when you disagreed with your principal. What happened?
How do you deal with parents who may become overly involved in the day-to-day school activities of their children?
Talk about any school-wide activities that you’ve been a part of or led.
Have you ever not gotten along with another teacher? What happened?
Discuss your experience teaching at-risk students.