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You also need the right credentials. Prepare for your interview by going above and beyond what you think is required to show your skills and qualifications. That includes the ability to think on your feet during the interview, provide well-thought-answers to the interviewer's questions, and produce samples of your work.

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Credentials Your academic credentials and certification are the first set of qualifications you must have to get an interview as a teacher. If you're a recent college graduate, the school principal or selection committee might want to know about your grade point average and your student practicum experience.

If you're licensed for more than one grade group, you can be more valuable to the school based on your versatility. It also helps if you have specialist certification in such areas as learning disabilities or foreign language.

Teacher job interview questions

Philosophy Ask almost any teacher to describe her teaching philosophy and you're likely to hear about creating intellectually appropriate activities, stimulating students' creativity and engaging parents in helping students reach their academic goals.

A strong candidate will be able to articulate her teaching philosophy by demonstrating how she uses that philosophy in everyday tasks involving her students. Provide specific examples of innovative classroom techniques that inspire students and discussions that engage parents. Presentation Take your portfolio to the interview to give the school principal or selection committee a demonstration of your work.

  1. First, tell us about yourself. It is these types of students that I really try to reach out to.
  2. How will you stand out from the many qualified candidates? The better approach is to capture your bullet points, study them, and then practice until you feel comfortable talking about them off the cuff.
  3. It was a fun way to learn and everyone in the class got really into it. Give this some thought so that your answer sounds genuine and personal.

Develop a sample lesson plan or show a brief video that shows your classroom skills. Your portfolio should also include your activities outside the classroom.


Hiring principals usually want teachers to support students' extracurricular activities, whether it's as a basketball coach, field trip chaperone or college or career coordinator for graduating seniors. Passion Most teachers earn decent if unspectacular salaries. Because most teachers are not in it for the money, you must demonstrate your passion for the job during the interview.

Explain the joy you experience when you develop a great lesson plan or when a student hands in the perfect research paper. Patience Merely saying that you have patience isn't enough to convey one of the most important attributes a teacher can have.

  1. Patience Merely saying that you have patience isn't enough to convey one of the most important attributes a teacher can have. Closely align the qualifications that you hold to the ones outlined in the job description Speak clearly and confidently on how your skills, talents, and abilities make you the most qualified candidate for the position When Would You Be Available to Start Work?
  2. It was a fun way to learn and everyone in the class got really into it.
  3. I have a reputation for getting things done — and with a smile on my face.
  4. I set those types of expectations up front.
  5. When answering this interview question, focus on the skills and qualities you possess that most closely align with the needs and requirements of the role.

Give examples of times when your patience has been tested and how you worked through the situation. Explain how you help less skilled students understand the course work that other students have already mastered.

Whether you're teaching 5-year-olds, high school seniors or university students, none of your students will grasp concepts at the same rate or at the same level of understanding. It is therefore important that you demonstrate in your interview how you account for and deal with differences in learning ability.