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In this position you may be working with individuals who are underage and/or vulnerable. We do full background checks on all of our employees. Are you willing to comply?

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  1. 1.

    In this position you may be working with individuals who are underage and/or vulnerable. We do full background checks on all of our employees. Are you willing to comply?

      This is where you must disclose to the interviewer if you do not have a clean criminal background. Discuss with the interviewer your willingness to comply and be sure to disclose any pain points ahead of time. It is better they find any marks on your record directly from you!

      If you have a clean criminal background: "Yes, I am happy to comply with any criminal, financial, and educational related background checks that you require. My record is clean."

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "Yes, I am happy to comply with any criminal, financial, and educational related background checks that you require. My record is clean."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "If you do not have a clean criminal background: "I am happy to comply with any criminal, financial, and educational related background check that you require. The majority will come back clean; however, I should disclose to you that I have a DUI charge from 7 years ago that may come up. I have been cleared of charges now and my drivers' license has been reinstated."

  2. 2.

    In our industry, your day may not be a typical 8AM - 4PM. Are you willing to work overtime and participate in extra-curricular activities?

      The education industry is often in demand, even outside of typical school hours and activities. If you have restrictions in your schedule, this is a great time to address those restrictions.

      If you have an open schedule: "I am available to work most of the time, with some notice on overtime if possible."

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I am available to work most of the time, with some notice on overtime if possible."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "If you have scheduling restrictions: "I do take an evening course every Thursday so I would not be available for additional hours those days. Other than that, I am happy to make myself available as often as possible."

  3. 3.

    Do you think honesty is always the best policy?

      Is honesty always the best policy? Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on honesty in the workplace.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "Sometimes full disclosure can damage someone's self esteem, and reality isn't always best expressed in full and can be self-indulgent based on the person's intention. In those instances, honesty isn't always the best policy."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "Honesty is always the best policy. Often times, it is just a matter of how you communicate and deliver your message so managing this with each situation is critical to building honest and trustworthy relationships."

  4. 4.

    Do you prefer working with a student one-on-one or with a larger class of students?

      Discuss you preference with the interviewer and be sure to highlight your overall experience; whether that be with larger classes of students or one-on-one. You can keep your answer brief and be sure to avoid talking yourself out of a job. (IE: if this is a tutoring company, avoid discussing how you do not enjoy one-on-one student interaction.)

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "As an educator for the past 4 years I feel that I have developed a strong ability to adapt to nearly every teaching situation. I do not lean strongly to group settings versus individual settings; however, I always enjoy seeing how students interact with each other when a challenge is at hand."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "I tend to enjoy teaching larger groups at a time simply because of the energy a class full of students can offer. Also, the insightful questions that can come from a solid group session are pretty surprising at times. With that said, at times it is easier to make a direct impact when you teach one-on-one. I am satisfied with either method."

  5. 5.

    At Educational Initiatives Pvt. we seek to hire those who are passionate about education. How would you describe your teaching/mentorship style?

      If you have ever heard of an "Elevator Pitch" - this type of interview question is a great reason to have one! Why do you love what you do? What makes you the best, and most engaged, potential hire for Educational Initiatives Pvt. Ltd.? Briefly discuss your teaching and mentorship style and close by giving an example of a time when you were recognized for your teaching or leadership methods.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "Elevator Pitch"

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "Here are some keys to effective mentorship that you can draw on, for your response:

      - Committed
      - Collaborative
      - Encouraging
      - Willing to pass on knowledge
      - Approachable
      - Patient
      - Honest
      - Diplomatic
      - Ability to give constructive feedback
      - Continued learner
      - Curious
      - Objective
      - Genuine"

  6. 6.

    How do you define success?

      What does success mean to you? Tell the interviewer how you see success and be sure to tie your answer into the success that you plan to bring to this particular position, should you be offered the role.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I define success by my ability to reach the goals that are set out for me. On a personal level, the things I wish to achieve in my life. On a work level, the targets that are set out for me as well as the professional development that I seek."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "I define success by what we achieve as a team. The faculty, as a whole, needs to deliver on expectations before I consider anything a success."

  7. 7.

    Do you always double check or proofread your work?

      Double checking and proofreading are a very important parts of a job well done. Assure the interviewer that you are diligent when it comes to submitting good, clean, work.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "Spelling and grammatical errors are a pet peeve of mine. I will triple check my work if there is time! I feel that it is very important to submit error free work."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "I am so accustomed to working under pressure and tight deadlines that I do forget to double check my work at times. This is a habit that I have consciously been working on to improve."

  8. 8.

    What are your thoughts on public vs. private education?

      The topic of public vs. private education is a hot one! When you are asked to discuss a controversial topic in an interview it is best to avoid any offending statements or pushing any buttons. Give a rather cooled opinion on both sides and leave it at that.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I can understand why some people would want their children in private school as much as I understand the draw of public school. Not everyone can afford the luxury of private school but I am thankful that our public school system offers a great education with such little cost associated. In my opinion, as long as our kids are receiving a valuable education then who am I to say whether one is better than the other."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "I primarily stand behind public education because it is affordable for everyone, and it provides educational access to anyone regardless of their social standing. Many times, the classrooms will be more manageable in size, and these classrooms are more likely to offer a more diverse range of students. With that said, I do understand why some parents prefer private education for their children. Perhaps its a family tradition or they prefer the coursework and other opportunities that come along with a private facility."

  9. 9.

    Why do you want this job with Educational Initiatives Pvt.?

      If you are lucky enough to land an interview, make some effort and conduct research on the opportunity. Think about how this job will help you in your career. It's important for you to know not only what you have to offer them, but what they can do for you.

      While your passion and excitement about the job are important, it's always good to have some hard facts to back it up. For instance, saying 'I have heard great things about your institution and I know I would be a great fit for this job', is not very specific.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I am excited about this opportunity because your values are very much in line with mine. I deeply care about giving back to the community through educating our at-risk youth."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "I have had my eye on new openings in your school for some time now. Your reputation for employee development and community involvement is something that I admire. I see a long term fit here."

  10. 10.

    At Educational Initiatives Pvt. we put a strong emphasis on continued education. We believe that there is always more to learn. How do you feel about continued education?

      Of course education is important when you are working in the education industry! Assure the interviewer that you are not resistant to continued education. Perhaps there is a course, program, or workshop that you are personally interested in? Discuss with the interviewer your passion for education.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I wholeheartedly agree that education is incredibly important. We can always learn more! Personally, I like to take a short course or workshop 3-4 times per year. These courses have included additional computer, leadership, and mentorship related training."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "Continued education is imperative to my growth as an education professional. I feel strongly about continuing to grow my knowledge in this industry. Could you give me some examples of the ways that Educational Initiatives Pvt. Ltd. emphasizes continued education in its employees?"

  11. 11.

    Private and franchised adult learning institutions have greatly increased in popularity over the years. Do you see value in these institutions? Why or why not?

      The topic of franchised adult learning institutions can be a controversial one! When you are asked to discuss a controversial topic in an interview it is best to avoid any offending statements or pushing any buttons. Give a rather cooled opinion on both sides and leave it at that.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I can understand the draw when it comes to franchised adult learning institutions. Not everyone can attend University right out of High School and many have the option to return to school later on in life. In my opinion, continued Education is important. As long as the courses being offered are legitimate ones, who am I to stand in the way?"

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "I primarily support traditional learning that comes from a University or long-standing College. I feel that the coursework is more likely to be recognized. I would not like to see someone complete a diploma at a franchised institution just to later find out that their courses are not recognized. If they can guarantee course credit recognition, then that is great."

  12. 12.

    Take a few minutes to walk me through your post-secondary education.

      Your post-secondary education is likely listed on your resume; however, this is an opportunity to talk to the interviewer about your overall experience. Discuss any accolades and special recognition you may have received. You can also discuss a class or a project that impacted you the most during that time.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I graduated with a Bachelor's of Outdoor Leadership and Education from Toccoa Falls College in 2006. My experience in that program was great! Even though I worked part time, I was still able to make the Dean's list, received a partial scholarship and graduated top of my class."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "In 2009 I completed my Bachelor's of Education and immediately followed that with a Masters' Degree in English. I am very proud of my educational background and am happy with the opportunities that this level of education has allowed me. I would love to continue this education down the road to include a Doctorate."

  13. 13.

    Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.

      Talking about your greatest accomplishment will give the interviewer a strong idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "The greatest accomplishment in my career was graduating University as an honors student while still working full time in a related field. I was top of my class, and working full time. This showed me that I am able to dedicate myself to my career, and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and be recognized for my dedication."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "I have many accomplishments that I am very proud of. Overall, I would say that my greatest work accomplishment is the positive reputation that I have as an educator. Reputation is everything and I am proud of mine."

  14. 14.

    How do you like to encourage ideas in others?

      Encouragement to others is a great skill to possess. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to encourage creative ideas in your team members.

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I like to encourage other people to be creative in their thinking and present ideas to their classrooms, no matter how off the wall they may seem. Some of our most successful teachers are ones who are confident in their ability to bring forward their unique ideas. I encourage participation through an open door policy and strong praise for those who show initiative."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "I encourage people to tap into the best parts of themselves. It helps to ask probing questions to get them to generate ideas on their own. If you paint a long term vision for where you want to go towards, you will be surprised at the creative solutions your team will come up with to get you there."

  15. 15.

    Tell me about a teacher, leader, or mentor who affected your life in a positive way.

      When you work in the Education industry it is important to understand the difference that a strong leader and mentor can make in the life of a student. Talk to the interviewer briefly about someone who may have helped you along the way. Does anyone influential come to mind?

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "In my elementary years I had some trouble with reading. My grade 2 teacher was a very patient and kind person who went above her duties by giving me additional resources. Because she was generous with her time and efforts, I was exceeding grade level expectations in no time. In addition to catching up academically, I was able to gain a lot of personal confidence."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "I believe that every teacher and leader that I have had has played their own part in positively affecting my life. From a young age I have been lucky enough to have excellent mentors who wanted to invest in my future. It's a large part of why I wanted to work in the field of education, myself."

  16. 16.

    At Educational Initiatives Pvt., we seek to hire the most compassionate individuals. Do you consider yourself compassionate?

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  17. 17.

    If you could be a subject matter expert in any subject of your choice, which would you choose?

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  18. 18.

    Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you contributed to.

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  19. 19.

    When have you had to adapt to change?

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  20. 20.

    If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?

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  21. 21.

    When entering a new job, describe how you build relationships with your new coworkers and supervisors.

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  22. 22.

    How do you believe you will complement our department, if you were hired?

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  23. 23.

    Give an example of when you used your listening skills to solve a problem.

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  24. 24.

    List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.

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  25. 25.

    What leadership qualities do you possess?

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  26. 26.

    What are your salary expectations?

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  27. 27.

    How do you handle stress on the job?

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  28. 28.

    Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.

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  29. 29.

    What questions do you have for me?

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