Interview Questions

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Interview Questions

Postby trvlaus » Tue Apr 08, 2014 5:59 pm

I am a seasoned teacher and haven't interviewed in many years. Can anyone give me a heads up on types of interview questions that they've been asked....either the "standard ones" or really "off the wall" ones?
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Re: Interview Questions

Postby Darla Grediagin » Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:31 am

How do you ensure you are addressing standards in your classroom?

I got these from Virginia Tech.

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

• Have you ever taken care of someone? Did you enjoy it?

• Do you consider yourself a risk taker? (Give an example to back up your answer.)

• Are you a positive and energetic person? (Give an example to back up your answer.)

• If a student said she thought you were the worst teacher she ever had, how would you react and what would you say?

• If I were your principal and we were setting goals for next year, what would they be?

• What is the last book you read?

• Some people say you should demand respect. Do you agree or disagree?

• Tell me about yourself.

• How would you rank these in importance and why? Planning, discipline, methods, evaluation.

• If a student came to you and said, "None of the other students like me," what would you tell him/her?

• How can you tell that a person is a good listener?

• What do you want to do with your life?

• How do you feel if a student does not meet a deadline?

• It is the first day of class, you are writing something on the board and a paper wad hits you in the back, what would you do? Later the same day, if all the students drop their pencils, what do you do?

• What was the most frustrating thing that happened to you as a student teacher?

• What was the best thing?

Good luck
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Re: Interview Questions

Postby trvlaus » Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:12 am

Thanks, for the post. I also did a google search and have lots of ideas. I was just curious to hear personal experiences from Alaskan interview candidates who've just gone through the process.
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Re: Interview Questions

Postby jen_sargent679 » Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:53 pm

I attended the Minneapolis Fair and here's some of the questions I was asked...

1. How would you describe your style of teaching?
2. How would you describe classroom management and discipline?
3. What does a typical classroom lesson look like?
4. If I were to observe you, what would I see?
5. How do you know when the lesson was successful?
6. List some of your strengths as a teacher.
7 Do you have any weaknesses?
8. Why Alaska?
9. How would a co-worker describe you?
10. What would you do if you disagreed with the Principal of the building?
11. How serious are you about this job?
12. Would you be willing to work extra duties?
13. What are your housing requirements?
14. Describe your experience with multiculturalism?
15. How would you encourage parents to be involved in education?
16. Name one teacher that had a positive or negative influence on your teaching. Describe why its negative or positive.
17. Can you lift ____ lbs. ?
18. What kind of assessments do you use in the classroom?
19. When do you get the Principal involved in your classroom?
20. How would you get the community involved with the school and in your classroom?

Some of these questions were asked by several districts. Over the course of the job fair, I felt like I was repeating myself over and over. :)

Be prepared to talk about any ESL experiences. Use the teaching lingo.

Best of luck,

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Re: Interview Questions

Postby trvlaus » Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:38 pm

Thanks, Jen! What a nice list-thanks for taking the time to respond. The last AK ATP job fair I was at was back in 2005. I don't remember what district it was, but the interview went HORRIBLE! None of the questions were really teaching related. After the the 4th or 5th really crazy weird question, I was so uncomfortable that I stopped the interview and said something to the effect of: Hey, I know you have lots of interviews you need to do and I this is not going well- don't want to waste your or my time so I asked politely to end the interview. Now I know this is strange and not the norm, but I felt it was best. I interview really well and had done ALL my homework on districts and questions but something was way off. Hope this was just a bad day for them and me and that they found the candidate they were looking for. :)
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Re: Interview Questions

Postby Darla Grediagin » Tue Apr 15, 2014 6:40 am

The question I wished I had prepared better for was, "Give me three words that describe yourself."
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Re: Interview Questions

Postby AnaFerreira » Sun Jun 15, 2014 5:01 am

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