When you receive a call from school administrators to invite you to interview for a teaching job, how do you feel? Happy? Elevated mood? Excited? Nervous? Scared stiff?
You do not have to worry about the interview if you are well prepared, qualified candidate. Preparation for teaching interview is much like studying for a test. You can browse frequently asked questions, think about what you’ll say in advance, and go do your best. If you prepare in advance, to interview questions seem routine and familiar. You need answers on the tip of your tongue, ready to go.
Below is a list of six commonly asked interview questions teacher from my eBook, Guide to Getting a teaching job of your dreams. How would you answer each question?
1. Tell us about yourself.
This will be the first question in almost every interview. Just give a brief background about three sentences. Tell them what colleges you graduated from, what you are certified to teach, what your teaching and work experience are, and why you love the job.
2. How do you teach to state standards?
If you interview in the US, school administrators love to talk about state, local or national standards! Reassure your interviewer that everything you do in relationship standards. Be sure to lesson plans in your portfolio with state standards entered correct them. When they ask for them, pull out lesson and show the close relationship and teaching standards.
3. How do you plan to prepare students for a standardized food?
There are standard measures in almost every grade level. Be sure you know the names of the tests. Talk about your experiences prepare students. You’ll get bonus points if you know and describe the format of the test because that will prove your expertise.
4. Describe your discipline philosophy.
You use a lot of positive reinforcement. You are a company, but you do not yell. You have the appropriate consequences for inappropriate behavior. You are your classroom rules clearly posted on the walls. You set common practice for students to follow. You follow the instructions of the school discipline. Also, emphasize that you suspect disciplinary will be minimal because the lessons are very interesting and engaging to students. Do not tell the interviewer that you “send the kids to the principal’s office” when there is a problem. You should be able to handle most discipline problems of its own. Only students who have committed very serious behavioral problems should be sent to the office.
5. How do you make sure that you meet the student’s needs with the IEP?
An IEP is “individualized education plan.” Students with special needs will be given an IEP or a list of things you must do when teaching the child. An IEP could be anything from “additional time to test” that “requires all test questions read aloud” to “need to use braille textbook.” How can I guarantee you that you are to meet the needs of the student with the IEP? First, read the IEP carefully. If you have questions, consult a special education teacher, counselor or other professional who can help you. Then, you just make sure to follow the requirements of the IEP word for word. When necessary, you can request to attend a meeting where you can make suggestions to update the IEP. Goal and objectives in the IEP, is to ensure that the student what he or she needs to succeed in class.
6. How do you communicate with parents?
This question comes up in almost all schools interviewed. It is fairly common in middle school and high school as well. You may have a weekly parent newsletter that is sent home each week. For three and a class, you may need to transfer students have a book that has to sign every night. This way, parents know what tasks are given and when tasks are due. When there are disciplinary call home and talk with parents. It is important to have an open door policy and invite parents to share their concerns at any time.
Further teacher interview questions, I invite you to download my eBook to get a teaching job of your dreams ( http://www.iwantateachingjob.com ). In it you will find 50 common interview questions and answers as well as practical advice for getting a teaching job you want.