Sample Teacher Interview Questions & Answers

In what ways do you prepare students for state and/or standardized tests?

Sample Answer: I find that using practice exams and sample questions througho...

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How would you handle a student swearing or using inappropriate language?

Sample Answer: Students who swear and use inappropriate language can be a cha...

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Have you ever used differentiated instruction, and if so how?

Sample Answer: Yes, I have. Differentiated instruction can be wonderful for ...

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What questions do you have for us?

Sample Answer: I would like to integrate computer technology into my classroo...

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How would you encourage creativity in the classroom?

Sample Answer: I believe that encouraging the creation of ideas and allowing ...

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If a student hits another student or even you, what would you do?

Sample Answer: I would immediately try to de-escalate the situation and prote...

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What are your classroom rules and how do you make sure your students know them?

Sample Answer: I am a staunch believer that ground rules must be laid down in...

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What about our school district intrigues you? Why do you want to work for us?

Tip: For this question, you must do a bit of legwork and research before the ...

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What methods do you use to handle classroom discipline?

Sample Answer: I think that the discipline that is handed out must match the ...

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If one of your students wasn't completing their work, how would you handle it?

Sample Answer: Motivation is a big part of teaching, and motivating students ...

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Why do you want to become a teacher?

Sample Answer: I have always wanted to be a teacher, even as a child. The gi...

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How would you describe your teaching philosophy?

Sample Answer: My teaching philosophy is simple. I use a hands-on technique a...

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How would you describe a successful lesson?

Sample Answer: A successful lesson is a lesson where my students are fully in...

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How much homework will you assign?

Sample Answer: I try to keep homework to a minimum as much as possible, and I...

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What teaching methods do you use besides lecturing?

Sample Answer: I have found that there are a plethora of ways to teach other ...

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What are some of your biggest weaknesses?

Sample Answer: I have found that one of my biggest weaknesses is time managem...

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Would you say you make learning fun, and if so how?

Sample Answer: Yes, I do. I firmly believe that students learn more freely w...

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What experience do you have working with children of this age?

Sample Answer: During my student teaching, I was assigned to a classroom that...

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How would you describe your discipline philosophy?

Sample Answer: I believe that students must be held responsible and accountab...

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What are your greatest strengths that you have to offer?

Sample Answer: My greatest strength is my ability to run an efficient classro...

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Describe your college experience(s)?

Sample Answer: Aside from taking the required classes to receive my teaching ...

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If I were to randomly walk into your classroom one day, what would I see going on?

Sample Answer: You would see children being challenged to do their best and a...

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What do you use to measure student performance?

Sample Answer: I believe that it is important, both for the student and the s...

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How do you feel about team-teaching?

Sample Answer: I believe that team teaching can be advantageous in many ways....

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

This is not really a question, but your response is important. This is one o...

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How would you keep communication open between you and the parents of your students?

Sample Answer: I have always felt that communicating with parents is vital to...

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What types of positive reinforcement do you use?

Sample Answer: There are various positive reinforcements that I use that can ...

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Obviously, don't name any names, but who has been your most challenging student and why?

Sample Answer: The most challenging student to me is a student who won’t list...

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If a student kept complaining about an assignment you gave, how would you handle it?

Sample Answer: In a situation of this type, I would find out if the student n...

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What plans do you have for continuing your professional growth as a teacher?

Sample Answer: I plan to continue my education and pursue my master’s as soon...

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What do you enjoy most about teaching?

Sample Answer: Why the children, of course! I believe all good teachers becam...

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Would you be interesting in getting involved in after school activities? If so, which ones?

Sample Answer: Yes, absolutely. I have lots of skills that can be applied to...

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What would the ideal school look like to you?

Sample Answer: The ideal school would be a clean, safe, and well-maintained b...

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If you've heard students constantly complaining about another teacher what do you do?

Sample Answer: I would ignore it! I realize that not all teachers are going ...

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What do you dislike about teaching?

Sample Answer: One thing that discourages me about teaching is the lack of fu...

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How would you handle a child who causes distractions and problems, but seems very gifted?

Sample Answer: I think that when a child causes distractions and problems tha...

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