Good Answers to Teaching Interview Questions


Breaking into the teaching field can prove challenging. One of the best ways to impress potential employers and show them that you are the best candidate for the job is through answering interview questions effectively. Before you head to your next teaching interview, consider how you should answer the questions to put your best foot forward.

Why Did You Decide To Be A Teacher?

Interviewers pose this question many times when they interview teaching candidates. Avoid saying that you want to teach because you “love children.” Lots of people love children, but this doesn’t necessarily make them good teachers. Focus instead on what you hope to accomplish as an educator. For example, you could explain that you wanted to be an English teacher because you want to help students develop the love of reading that you possess.

What's The Last Book You Read?

Regardless of the subject you plan to teach, you will likely also help students develop literacy as well. Many schools seek teachers who hold a love, or at least appreciation, for reading. Don’t wait until the question is asked to reflect upon what you have read recently, as pausing when this question is posed may make it seem as if reading is a rare pastime for you. Be prepared to not only give a title of a book you have recently read, but also provide the interviewer with some details about the book.

Tell Me About Your Most Effective Lesson

Even if you have never worked as a classroom teacher, you have likely led some lessons in your student teaching field experience. Before you head to your interview, reflect on this experience, considering which lessons proved most effective and why these lessons worked better than the rest. Prepare to explain this effective lesson concisely and clearly so that your interviewers can feel as if they were sitting in your class on the day you taught this lesson.

How Do You Teach To Students Of All Levels?

Differentiation is vital to student success. All teachers must be able to teach to students of all levels simultaneously. Most teachers do this by providing higher or lower level material to excelling or struggling students as necessary. Before you head to your interview, consider how you could deal with a classroom full of students of differing ability levels, and prepare to explain your plan for accomplishing this task to your interviewer.

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