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«Ace Your Teacher Interview»





Is Arrogant: Describe how you will deal with different cultures in your classroom.: What type of person would you hire for this position?: What is the difference between assessment and evaluation?: What is your philosophy of education?: Where do you want to be in five years?Q: How old are you?Body Parts and AdornmentB. Questions About the Job/Position: How would you describe the ideal teacher?Volunteers Inappropriate Information: Describe an ideal classroom.: What might your college supervisor want to change about your teaching style?: If you are not successful in getting a full-time job, what will you do?: What is your philosophy of teaching?: Tell me (us) a little about yourself.Sequential or Serial InterviewsZingers! (and 25 Dynamite Answers)The Secret Benefit of a Thank-You Letter: What do you like best about teaching? What do you like least?: What are your plans for professional growth?PromptnessQuestions You Should Ask (and Questions You Shouldn't): What's the most creative or innovative lesson you have taught?: Tell me about one of your lessons that flopped.Q: Where were you born?D. PresentationG. Discipline, Motivation, and Classroom Management: What motivates you as a teacher?: What classroom-management techniques do you use or are you most comfortable with?: What skills or abilities do you still need to develop?: How do you define success?Passion for Teaching: What is the most exciting initiative happening in education today?: To establish a positive classroom environment, share what you will do the first few days of school.: What does it mean to be a successful teacher?: Why shouldn't we hire you?: What is a balanced reading program?: Tell me about your most challenging discipline problem.F. PersonalityC. Questions About the Teaching EnvironmentB. Questions About You: What three expectations do you hold for yourself?: What is your greatest strength as a teacher?The Single-Most Important Question You Must Always Answer!Panel InterviewsFlexibility: Describe the most challenging student you've experienced and how you dealt with him or her.: What kind of principal would you like to work for?A. Pre-Interview: What are your plans for graduate school?Preparing for the Interview—10 How To'sIs a Know-It-AllDo Your HomeworkAcknowledgmentsShow your passion. Group InterviewsClothingH. Parents and Community: Why do you want to teach?Believes His or Her Methods and Philosophies Are the Only (or Best) Ones: What two things would you like to improve about yourself?: Describe the best teacher you ever had and what he or she taught you about teaching.: What can you tell me about reading-comprehension instruction?: Why should I consider you for the position?: What, for you, is the most important aspect about discipline?: If, for one day, you were empowered to make one change to the education system, what would it be?: Why should teachers use lesson plans?: What is the purpose of assessment?Argues with the Interviewer: What do you think is the most difficult aspect of being a teacher?: How much homework will you assign your students?: Describe how you would prepare for a parent-teacher conference.: What can you tell me about guided reading?: How do you stay current in education?EnthusiasmF. Curriculum, Instruction, and AssessmentC. Questions to Ask Yourself About the Interviewer: Describe a teaching strategy you use to maximize the learning potential of all students.E. Questions to Ask Yourself About the Overall InterviewQ: How long have you had that disability?: What would you do with a student who has ADHD?: Why did you apply for this position?Performance InterviewsPresents a Poor AppearanceFocus on your "can-do" attitude. : How will you integrate technology into your classroom?Maintains Poor Eye Contact: What do you enjoy most about working with young people?J. Round-Up QuestionsOne-on-One Interviews: How do you deal with stress?: What will you do if a parent challenges you?Q: Are you divorced?A. General Questions: What are some teaching methods used in full inclusion classrooms?Share your desire to learn. : What aspect of your teaching style would you like to change?: What do you want to achieve as a teacher?B. PersonalNontraditional Candidates—What You Need to Know: What were the most rewarding aspects of student teaching?Electronic: How would you differentiate your instruction to meet the needs of your diverse learners?C. Education, Training, and Experience: How will you complement this school?: Why is it important to communicate with parents?The Bottom Line: How will your students' overall performance improve as a result of technology?Know Your Strengths: What are the essential traits of an effective educator?: What is RTI, and what are its advantages?: How do you motivate reluctant readers?: Please describe the difference between content standards, benchmarks, and performance standards.: What are some of the challenges of inclusion?What You Need to Know About Interviews: What are some things teachers do that create classroom-management problems?The Thank-You LetterDemonstrate how your life skills transfer into the classroom. Uses a Cell Phone: What was your second career choice?: What are some ways you would communicate with parents about students' progress?: What special skills or talents will you bring to your classroom?: Please describe the steps you use to plan a lesson.Tells the Interviewer What He or She Thinks the Interviewer Wants to Hear: What is standards-based education?: Tell me about a time when your co-operating teacher wasn't happy with your teaching.Stories—Tell 'Em StoriesEight Interview Themes: How do you plan to individualize instruction?: Why weren't your grades better?F. Questions to Ask Myself About My Overall Performance on This InterviewUses Poor GrammarDoesn't Know Current Educational Issues: How would you involve parents in the affairs of your classroom?: What personal skill or work habit have you struggled to improve?Has No Questions for the Interviewer: Why did you decide to major in biology (or history or elementary education)?Displays No Knowledge of the School or DistrictG. OtherIs Discourteous, Ill-Mannered, and DisrespectfulThe Themes of a Teacher Interview: Who's the toughest professor you've ever had, and why?: What things about yourself would you like to bring out that have not yet been discussed in the interview?: What are some of your hobbies or leisure-time activities?: Compared with other student teachers, how would you rate yourself?: Why should we hire you?B. Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Weaknesses: What new skills or ideas do you bring to the job that other candidates aren't likely to offer?: We have a number of applicants interviewing for this position. Why should we take a closer look at you?: What do you know about this school?What a School or District WantsThe Essential Seven: What are your professional goals for the next five years?: What motivates you to be a teacher?A. Questions About the School/DistrictMen: How would you handle a student who is a consistent behavioral problem?: What is your philosophy of classroom discipline?Face-to-Face: What are your goals in education? Where do you see yourself five years from now? How does this position fit into your career plans?Basic Interview Questions (and 123 Fantastic Responses): How do you know students have learned what you taught them?WomenStudent Needs: Talk about the physical attributes of a classroom.Illegal QuestionsA. Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Strengths: If I hired you today, what would you do first?Has "Not My Job" Syndrome: How would you handle a student saying, "You are the worst teacher ever! I hate you!"Management and DisciplineProfessionalismRespect Everybody: What is the most important quality of a teacher?Reality Check Isn't Flexible: What experiences have you had working with students other than student teaching?: What would you say are the broad responsibilities of a classroom teacher?Lacks ConfidenceHas a Negative AttitudeI. Career GoalsExude confidence. EvaluationAsks Inappropriate Questions: What are some ways to let parents know about the positive things going on in your classroom?Lacks Confidence and Self-EsteemD. Questions to Ask Yourself About the Position: What can you tell me about differentiated instruction?: Tell me about a situation that frustrated you during student teaching.: How have you handled criticism of your lessons or teaching performance?Demonstrates Poor Listening Skills: What do you think is wrong with education today?: What sets you apart from the crowd?Is Inarticulate: What concerns you most about teaching?: How would you involve students in the development of classroom rules?: Describe a teacher you admire.C. Speech: What three things really make you angry?Is Dishonest or Deceptive: Since this will be your first teaching job, how do you know you'll like the career path?Questions to Ask YourselfIs Not Focused: Tell me something about yourself that I didn't know from reading your resume.: Why did you attend College?Talks Too Much: Describe a situation in which you made a difference in a child's life.: What gives you the greatest pleasure in teaching?: How will you involve the community in your classroom?Student OrientationHiring InterviewsDisplays Negative Body LanguageIs UnpreparedFollow-Up And Follow-Through: What have you found to be the toughest aspect of discipline?: How would you motivate an unmotivated student?Interview Formats and Types: How would you handle varied reading abilities in your classroom?: Do you believe you're qualified for this position?: Why did you choose education as your career?: What can you tell me about inclusion?TelephoneWomen: What three adjectives would you use to describe yourself?Voice: How do you handle discipline problems?Q: Do you plan to get pregnant?Lacks PassionE. Student-Centered QuestionsE. Knowledge: What is your greatest weakness?: What is your philosophy regarding homework?Be current. What You Need to Know: Describe your teaching style.Communicates Ideas Poorly: What book are you currently reading or have you read recently?Screening InterviewsIs Self-CenteredPut Your Best Foot Forward (The Nonverbal Edge): What are some strategies you plan on using to teach learning-disabled students?MenNervousnessDoesn't Follow Up: What were some of the things you didn't like about student teaching?EnergyCommon Hypothetical and Situational ScenariosResponding to HypotheticalsInterview Types and Settings: What skills do you think are most critical to this position?Gives Defensive or Aggressive AnswersE. Questions to Close the Interview: If I walked into your classroom, what would it look like?: How would your college supervisor (or cooperating teacher) describe you?Role PlayingHighlight your maturity. Is TardyD. Questions That Highlight Your QualificationsHas a Relaxed or Informal Attitude: What characteristics make a master teacher?: What are you going to do for that kid who just "doesn't get it"?GroupBlames StudentsUsing the Essential Seven: What is the greatest asset you will bring to the teaching profession?: Why do you want to teach in this school/district?F. Questions You Shouldn't Even Think About Asking!!Don't Mess Up! 43 Mistakes You Can't Afford to MakeDemonstrate your time-management skills. : If you could change anything about your teacher-preparation program, what would it be?Hypothetical and Situational ScenariosBody Language: What steps would you take with a student who was disruptive in your classroom?Engages in Inappropriate BehaviorsSkills and ExperienceGives Short, Vague, or Incomplete AnswersUsing Anecdotes: Why do you want to be a teacher?Displays Poor Social Skills: What do you think is the biggest challenge teachers face today?: Who else are you interviewing with?: What would you consider to be a good homework assignment?Practice Makes Perfect: Describe how you will make your classroom and the students comfortable.: How will this person make my job easier?Using Research: Describe a time in student teaching when you failed to resolve a classroom conflict.Is Unwilling (or Unable) to Accept Responsibility: How would your best friend describe you?Teaching a Lesson: Talk about time management.Has No Sense of Direction: Tell me about a time when you didn't perform well in student teaching.: If an administrator visited your classroom, what would he or she see?Showcase your discipline or behavior-management skills. Get up to speed on technology. Lesson Planning: What do you want your students to remember about your classroom?Offers a Limp or Overly Firm HandshakeLikeabilityGives Canned Answers: What principles do you use to motivate students?Men and WomenD. Classroom EnvironmentEye ContactMakes a Bad Impression in the Waiting AreaProcess vs. ProductFirst ImpressionsMock Interviews: What are the three courses you took that shaped the teacher you will be?Wait Time
 
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