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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.

    When have you had to adapt to change?

      Being able to adapt to change in the workplace is a very important skill to possess. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have had to adjust to changes on the job. How did you handle the change? Was it a positive reaction?

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I feel that educators adapt to change on a daily basis! The vibe in the classroom is different every day, student moods and efforts vary as well. I am well accustomed to working in a changing environment."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "After being a dedicated mathematics teacher for the past 10 years, I was asked to take on a new focus this coming year. I am currently prepping myself to teach chemistry as well. It's been a challenge but I am actually really excited for the change."

  3. 3.

    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."

  4. 4.

    Why do you want this job with Nord Anglia Education Limited?

      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."

  5. 5.

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

      Due to a wide variety of personalities, relationships can take time to form. How do you ensure that you have a strong line of communication with your co-workers and supervisors, right from the start?

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I understand that some relationships come quickly and others take time to nurture. When starting a new job all that I can do is be my true self and let my personality, integrity, and reliability speak for itself."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "I get along well with most personalities. My colleagues were great team players and we would often meet up after work for drinks or team activities. I would simply start there, when starting a new job. Becoming involved in post-work activities and continuing to be the social person that I am."

  6. 6.

    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."

  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.

    At Nord Anglia Education Limited, we seek to hire the most compassionate individuals. Do you consider yourself compassionate?

      The best way to answer a question like this is to give a clear and concise example of how you consistently show your compassionate character. Do you help students in your free time? Perhaps you volunteer? Have you received recognition for your efforts from a previous employer? Brainstorm some examples that show off your great character!

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "I was raised to be a compassionate person and do consider myself to possess this quality. One way that I show this is by volunteering my time as an after-school tutor for kids who are struggling in school and who lack the resources at home. I have been committed to this volunteer work for the past 2 years."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "I believe compassion is a must-have trait for anyone wishing to succeed in the field of education. When I think of compassion, I think of the quote from Arthur Schopenhauer that says, "Compassion is the basis of morality." I truly believe in this and try to practice it every day."

  10. 10.

    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."

  11. 11.

    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."

  12. 12.

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

      The interviewer wants to see that you have strong listening skills. They want to see that you aren't the type to interrupt before hearing your co-workers out. When it comes to using your listening skills while receiving direction from your employer, asking for clarification can save you a lot of grief down the road! Show that you are one to check for full understanding when you are navigating new territory. Highlight to the interviewer that you are the type to attentively listen and troubleshoot problems in a collaborative style.

      Someone with good listening skills will:

      - Give the speaker their full attention
      - Maintain proper eye contact
      - Show invested interest by nodding or agreeing
      - Avoid interrupting
      - Ask for clarification if needed
      - Make statements such as "If I am understanding you correctly..." or "Do you mean that you want..."

      Give an example that demonstrates how you avoided miscommunication by using your stellar listening skills!

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "If I am understanding you correctly..."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "My current principal is very brief in her communication and sometimes it creates confusion within the faculty. Last month she asked me to run a report on a student whose parents she was meeting with the next day. I wasn't entirely sure that I understood what she was asking. After she finished telling me what she was looking for, I repeated it back to her. I will often use qualifying questions such as, 'So what you're asking is...?' or 'Do you mean that you want me to do (X)?' This seems to avoid a lot of unnecessary problems down the road."

  13. 13.

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

      Many hiring managers will choose one candidate over another because of their volunteer experience. They feel that it shows strong character and selflessness...all qualities that make a great employee. Talk to the interviewer about your willingness to give back to your community in some form of volunteerism. If you do not have formal volunteer experience you can draw on things you do in your spare time to assist friends, family, or even your current employer.

      If you do have volunteer experience: "For the past 8 months I have volunteered every Wednesday evening at our local animal shelter. I will help with grooming the animals, feeding them, and walking them. It's been a really fun experience and rewarding at the same time."

      Ryan's Answer #1

      "For the past 8 months I have volunteered every Wednesday evening at our local animal shelter. I will help with grooming the animals, feeding them, and walking them. It's been a really fun experience and rewarding at the same time."

      Ryan's Answer #2

      "If you do not have volunteer experience: "I have not formally volunteered in these most recent years, however; I spend a lot of time helping my sister who is a single mom. I will babysit on weekends, cook dinners for her and drive the kids to appointments when necessary. I feel that it is very important to take care of the needs of family."

  14. 14.

    At Nord Anglia Education Limited 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 Nord Anglia Education Limited emphasizes continued education in its employees?"

  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.

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

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  17. 17.

    At Nord Anglia Education Limited we seek to hire those who are passionate about education. How would you describe your teaching/mentorship style?

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  18. 18.

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

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  19. 19.

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

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  20. 20.

    Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.

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  21. 21.

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

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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.

    How do you like to encourage ideas in others?

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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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