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Career Services Center

Ward Edwards 1200
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4985
Fax: 660.543.4668


Interview Tips & Questions

Interview Tips

  • Know yourself, what you want and how you will get there
  • Research the school district prior to the appointment, check out their web site
  • Know what the school district needs and match your strengths
  • Dress professionally
  • Bring resumes, references, and portfolio
  • Arrive on time…10 minutes early
  • Make allies of everyone
  • Concentrate on the first impression, use direct eye contact and a firm handshake
  • Establish rapport, be optimistic, sincere, enthusiastic and open
  • Express your willingness to learn and enthusiasm for your profession
  • Discuss what YOU can offer them…not what THEY can do for you
  • Be yourself
  • Follow-up with a thank you letter

Possible Interview Questions

  • Tell me about yourself
  • What are your greatest strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses, areas of improvement?
    • What have you done in the past three months to improve in these areas?
  • Why are you interested in our school?
  • What college courses did you enjoy the most?  The least?  Why?
  • What activities did you participate in during your college years?
  • Who influenced you to pursue a career in education?
  • What was the single greatest highlight of your college career?
  • What is your philosophy of education?
  • What are some of the objectives you hope to achieve in your first year?
  • What are your thoughts on classroom management and discipline?
  • Define for me the role of the principal?
  • How should parents be involved in the instructional process?
  • What kinds of information do you provide to parents?
  • How do you resolve peer conflicts?
  • Who or what influenced you to become an educator?
  • What experience with technology do you have in the classroom?
  • What makes you the best candidate for the position?
  • What are your interests outside of teaching?

Behavioral Interview Questions (STAR)

Situation: Pick the situation that best fits the focus of the question
Task: Explain the task you were trying to complete
Action: What action did you take to complete the task?
Result: What was the end result of your actions?
  • Describe a lesson plan which was particularly successful by walking me through each stage from planning to delivery
  • Tell me about a time in which you had to motivate a reluctant learner
  • Describe how you provide examples from life experiences to your students
  • Tell me about a time in which you had to change your scheduled lesson plans at a moment’s notice
  • Describe how you have differentiated a lesson to accomodate varying student needs
  • Tell me about the most challenging classroom  management situation you have encountered
  • Describe the toughest discipline situation you encountered and how you handled it
  • Give me an example of a time in which you had to be relatively quick in coming to a critical decision
  • Describe in detail your best and worst days in a classroom
  • Provide me with a specific occasion in which you conformed to a policy with which you did not agree
  • Describe the teaching strategies you have used to present subject matter
  • Describe for me your classroom management plan and how you would plan to implement it
  • Tell me about a time where you were confronted by an angry individual on an issue, how did you respond
  • Describe for me specific strategies you would use to assist students who are struggling in reading and mathematics
  • Explain a situation where you had to go “above and beyond the call of duty” to complete a task
  • Describe the most significant report/presentation that you have completed
  • Give me an example of a time where you disagreed with a policy/decision of your employer/supervisor
  • Describe a time where your work/performance was criticized by a supervisor
    • What was the situation, and how did you respond?

Questions You Can Ask a School District

  • What is the student/teacher ratio in your district?
  • Do you encourage teachers to obtain advanced degrees?
  • How long have you (the interviewer) been with the district?
  • What types of internal/external training opportunities are available?
  • Has your organization previously hired Central Graduates?
  • How would you describe the level of community/parental support?
  • What have you most/least liked about working for (name of school)?
  • What allowances are made for new supplies and materials?
  • What are the growth opportunities for the community?
  • Does the school district have a mission statement or philosophy of education?
  • How does the rest of the interview process work from here?
  • What are you most proud of about your school?
  • What were your school's goals for last year?
  • How do teachers integrate technology into the classroom?
  • What priorities would you have for me as a new staff member?
  • Do you offer a mentoring program?
  • How does the school district support professional development?
  • What extracurricular activity opportunities might be available?