Interview Questions That Will Help You Identify Effective Educators
Since students’ academic performance depends a lot on the quality of their teachers, school principals should make sure to hire quality students. But can they do it every time, without fail? I believe they can if they ask the right questions in the interview. Drawing on my approximately two decades of experience in the field of education, of which a large time was spent on PreK-12, I have listed 33 questions that can help.
Personal Traits, Matters, and Background Information
- Why do you want to become an educator?
- What are your leisure pursuits and interests?
- What is your educational philosophy?
- How can you contribute to our school community?
- Cite a current research article in the domain of education that you had read.
- What recent K-12 educational trends satisfy and upset you?
- Which four individuals have impacted your educational career the most?
- Could you recount a golden teaching moment?
- What are your professional growth strategies?
- How would you ensure the academic success of all your students?
- If a student fails to understand your assignment, what will you do?
- What process do you adopt for differentiated instruction in your classroom?
- How do you think your students will describe you?
- What approaches or processes do you utilize to evaluate your student’s performance?
- What traits do you have that would enhance our teaching staff?
- What kind of educators do you prefer to work with?
- What methods do you follow when collaborating with colleagues?
- What are your expectations from school administrators?
- Who’s accountable for school-wide discipline?
- Tell a few incidents that would need you to get in touch with a student’s parents.
- What do you think is the most effective mode of communication with parents?
- What community activities do you want to get involved in?
- How do you combine edtech in your role as a teacher?
- What past experiences in a school setting, particularly during teaching students (or in your former position), do you think has made you fit for a post in our school?
- How do you ensure your students stay on track during shared activities?
- Talk about your strengths as an individual and how you plan to integrate them into your teaching process.
- What’s your instructional style, and how do you plan to slot in your students’ learning preferences?
- Talk about any learning programs or projects in whose creation you had a role to play.
Classroom Management Questions
- Describe your classroom management approach thoroughly.
- What are your behavioral expectations for your class?
- John is a lively fourth-grader who’s always roaming in your classroom. Though his behavior is a little disruptive, it’s a distraction for sure. He’s primarily disruptive when you can’t see him. How do you propose to deal with the situation?
Questions Related to Content Area Proficiency:
- Explain your awareness of the subject content standards in the state.
- If you could choose to teach either a content area or grade level, what would be your pick?
That’s the end. Remember to share how it goes.