20 Typical Teacher Interview Questions You Could Face

When going into an interview for a teaching job, it's important to be prepared for typical questions that could come up. These questions are designed to ascertain whether you are the right fit for the school and vice versa.

Be Prepared With the Top Typical Teacher Interview Questions

As with any interview, it's also an opportunity for you to ask questions and find out more about the school to see if it's really where you want to develop your teaching career. Prepare for your interview using the questions below and get ready to ace that school interview!

20 Typical Teacher Interview Questions You Could be Asked

  1. Why do you want to work in this school?
  2. What would you contribute to the life and community of the school?
  3. What or who inspires you?
  4. What are your personal interests or hobbies?
  5. Can you give an example of a time when you were faced with a challenging situation and how you dealt with it?
  6. How do you manage stress?
  7. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  8. If we sat in on one of your classes, what could we expect to see?
  9. How do you judge or measure pupil achievement?
  10. What behaviour management strategy have you used successfully in the past?
  11. How would you accommodate EAL pupils?
  12. How might you boost a child's self-esteem and aspirations?
  13. What's your opinion on homework?
  14. What is the importance of target setting?
  15. What's more important: teaching or learning? Explain your reasons why
  16. What is your experience dealing with parents?
  17. How would you deal with a parent who is angry and/or uncooperative?
  18. Can you tell us about how you have successfully worked in a team?
  19. If we decided not to hire you, what would we be missing out on?
  20. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Finally, remember it's not just about what you say, but how you say it. Take time to formulate your answer before responding  you can always ask for clarification if you are unsure about what was said. Make sure your answer is as detailed as possible and give examples to back up your statements.

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