Teacher Job Interview
An interview is designed to help an employer determine if an individual possesses the skills that he or she needs to take a particular position. The skills that an individual must have to take a particular position primarily depend on the needs of the organization. As a result, the specific questions that a job applicant will have to answer during an interview will also depend on the organization's needs. However, it is important to note that the needs of an employer within a particular field will typically be very similar to the needs of other employers within the same field. This fact is important because an individual may be able to identify the skills that he or she must have to find a certain type of position. One profession in which this strategy works very well is the teaching profession because a teacher job interview is designed to look for a very specific set of skills.
In order to demonstrate these skills, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. First, it is important to try to use examples of situations in which you were required to use your teaching skills in the past whenever the opportunity arises. This is important because the interviewer is attempting to determine whether you can teach or not and the best way to convince the interviewer that you can teach is to use examples that illustrate the points that you are trying to make.
Secondly, it is important to remember that a teacher job interview will typically include questions that are specifically related to how you would handle different situations in a school and/or classroom. This means that you may be asked questions such as "How would you address student discipline in the classroom?", "What methods would you use to ensure that parents are involved in the learning process?" and/or "What characteristics do you believe a principal should have?" in addition to the questions that you would normally be asked during an interview. The key to answering these questions is to have an idea of the teaching philosophy that you would use if you had your own classroom.
Finally, it is important to try to gather as much information about the teaching position, the school, the school district, and the curriculum as possible before you embark on interviews for teaching jobs. Interviewers like to ask questions related to how you will help the students, the school, and/or the district so knowing some information about the school's needs can be very helpful.
Last Updated: 09/18/2014