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Sylvan Learning Mock Interview

To help you prepare for a Sylvan Learning job interview, here are 29 interview questions and answer examples.

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

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A hiring manager will be able to tell a lot about your personality by learning about your other career interests. Maybe you would be a scientist or writer? This is the time to show a little more of your personality. If you could do anything over, what would you do, and why?

Written by Carly Zucker on August 8th, 2018

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List of 29 Sylvan Learning Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1.

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

      How to Answer

      A hiring manager will be able to tell a lot about your personality by learning about your other career interests. Maybe you would be a scientist or writer? This is the time to show a little more of your personality. If you could do anything over, what would you do, and why?

      Written by Carly Zucker on August 8th, 2018

      1st Answer Example

      "I certainly do not regret the direction I have taken my career; however, if I had to completely start over in a new direction I would likely pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering and become an Engineer. Both of my parents were Engineers and they seemed to have a very fulfilling career. They showed me some of the projects they completed and I was very impressed. I enjoy analytics and research which I tend to do a lot of in my role as an educator."

      Written by Carly Zucker on August 8th, 2018

      2nd Answer Example

      "I am very satisfied with the direction my career has taken. If I could change anything I would perhaps have furthered my education to include a Masters' degree in Elementary Education. This is something I hope to still pursue down the road."

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      Community Answer

      "My duel career path has been one that I would not change. Having had the opportunity to work and succeed in the business world as a Marketing Director, has enabled me to travel the world and use my creative talents successfully. My teaching has been my passion. Imparting my love for teaching, watching children develop and succeed, embracing a love of learning in my students has been so gratifying. Whether they have been in pre-school or high school, my ability to adapt and understand that each child is different has made this experience one I enjoy immensely."

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      You make an excellent case for loving your career path! Well done. Your passion shines through.

  • 2.

    What questions do you have for me?

      How to Answer

      It's always a great idea to have questions ready for the interviewer. Review the company website and other online resources to ensure the questions you are asking are not mundane, or redundant. The last thing an interviewer wants to hear is a list of questions you could have found the answers to from a simple Google search. Think of specific and well crafted answers that show that you have done your research.

      Written by Carly Zucker on August 13th, 2018

      1st Answer Example

      "Here are some sample questions:

      - When would you like to have this position filled?
      - How long has this role been vacant?
      - Is this a replacement search or a newly created role?
      - How much prep time do I get for each lesson?
      - How do I communicate with parents?
      - What software is used for tracking my students' progress?
      - What is your favorite part about working here?
      - What is the on boarding process like?
      - Is there anything from my background and experience that I can clarify for you?
      - What do you see as the biggest change in this industry over the past 3 years?
      - Is there any reason why you would not hire me?"

      Written by Carly Zucker on August 13th, 2018

      2nd Answer Example

      "Thank you for asking - I do have a few questions. What qualities does your ideal tutor possess? In addition, how many students will I be teaching at a time? And lastly, how long does the training process take?"

      Written by Carly Zucker on August 13th, 2018

  • 3.

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

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to get to know you apart from what is written on your resume. You are certainly not obligated to discuss personal matters such as your kids, or relationship status, for instance. Stick with a couple of fun facts to show the interviewer that you are a real person, too. Your answer should be unique so that you are a memorable candidate!

      Focus on special non-work related skills or hobbies. For example, you might share that you enjoy beat-boxing or making origami swans. Be prepared for the interviewer to stop you and ask you to perform your skill on the spot when it's possible! (This will make you unforgettable!)

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      1st Answer Example

      "I am an avid marathon runner and have traveled to 10 countries in the last 8 years to compete in a variety of races. I love traveling and I have even been able to use some of the photos I have taken on my trips in my classroom."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I am bilingual in Spanish and have some proficiency in French and Italian, too. I love learning new languages and I am currently learning Russian. I also love to read and have a huge library at home. I am a huge Harry Potter fan and could pretty much quote each book to you!"

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  • 4.

    How do you handle stress on the job?

      How to Answer

      Working in the Education industry can be demanding, everyone has different ways of coping. Are you someone who is able to handle stress on the job? How do you manage the stressful times? What do you do to remain calm and get the work done? Talk to the interviewer about your ability to manage pressure in the workplace.

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    What are your salary expectations?

      How to Answer

      The best way to discuss your salary expectations are to use your current earnings as an example if you are applying for a full time job. If you are applying for a part time job give a hourly range that you are comfortable with. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based or hourly rate questions arise. Also do your research, is there a range that Sylvan Learning is currently offering?

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  • 6.

    What leadership qualities do you possess?

      How to Answer

      Being a good leader is important for success at Sylvan Learning, wether it be leading your students or taking leadership in your department or center. The qualities below are just a few to get started! Which qualities do you most identify with?

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    How do you define success?

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      What does success mean to you? Think of a time when you felt successful. 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. This will give the interviewer a better sense of your values and what motivates you.

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    Do you think honesty is always the best policy?

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      Is honesty always the best policy? Are you always honest with your coworkers and students? If you are a teacher, what would you tell your students about this policy? Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on honesty in the workplace.

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  • 9.

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

      How to Answer

      You have likely gained many valuable skills in your career. Share with the interviewer which skills you value the most. Be sure to include skills that will benefit this potential new employer.

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  • 10.

    Do you always double check or proofread your work?

      How to Answer

      Double checking and proofreading are a very important parts of a job well done. Parents and students of Sylvan Learning expect error-free work from their teachers. Assure the interviewer that you are diligent when it comes to producing good, clean, work.

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    How do you like to encourage ideas in others?

      How to Answer

      Encouragement to others is a great skill to possess and it is a huge part of being a successful teacher. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to encourage creative ideas in your team members or students.

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

      How to Answer

      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. As a teacher they want to know that you listen to your students.

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

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  • 13.

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

      How to Answer

      If you were awarded the position, what would you bring to the center or organization? What makes you stand out as a candidate? Assure the interviewer that you are the right fit for this position. Think of your best qualities and how they would benefit the company.

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  • 14.

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

      How to Answer

      Due to a wide variety of personalities, relationships can take time to form. If you are applying for a teaching position, you will likely be collaborating with other teachers. How do you ensure that you have a strong line of communication with your co-workers and supervisors, right from the start?

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  • 15.

    Why do you want this job with Sylvan Learning?

      How to Answer

      If you are lucky enough to land an interview, make some effort and conduct research on the opportunity. There are many tutoring companies out there, what makes Sylvan a company that you want to work for? Think about how this job will help you in your career. What about the role initially caught your attention? What about the company impressed you? 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. If you find recent news articles or press releases which talk about their accomplishments, mention how that impressed you.

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    At Sylvan Learning we put a strong emphasis on personalized education. We believe no two students are alike. How do you feel about personalized education?

      How to Answer

      One of Sylvan Learning's core values is personalized education. This is your time to show the interviewer that you know about personalized education and you can list its benefits. It will show the interviewer that you have taken the time to research the company and what they stand for.

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    Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.

      How to Answer

      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!

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    When have you had to adapt to change?

      How to Answer

      Being able to adapt to change in the workplace is a very important skill to possess. As a teacher, it is critical to quickly adapt to meet the needs of your students. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have had to adjust to changes on the job. How did you handle the change? What strategies did you use? Was it a positive reaction?

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

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 20.

    Sometimes a student may be tired from school and not in the mood for a lesson. What are some ways that you work to motivate your students?

      How to Answer

      Sylvan Learning hours are after school, and sometimes it may be difficult to get your students to pay attention. What methods do you use to engage students? Can you think of an example of when you were able to successfully get your students' attention? The interviewer wants to know that the student will enjoy their lesson with you.

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  • 21.

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

      How to Answer

      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. Remember that this is a tutoring company so you should avoid discussing how you do not enjoy one-on-one student interaction. At Sylvan Learning you will be teaching in small groups and working one-on-one with students.

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  • 22.

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

      How to Answer

      Talk to the interviewer about the topics that pique your interest the most. If you could immerse yourself in a particular subject, what would it be and why? You can make your answer a bit lighthearted and personal if you wish. The interviewer wants to get a better picture of who you are as a person.

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  • 23.

    What do you know about the Sylvan method?

      How to Answer

      There are many tutoring companies out there, but what sets Sylvan apart from the others is their approach to tutoring, the Sylvan Method. It's important that you have done your research and that you are able to briefly describe the method and answer followup questions from the interviewer.

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  • 24.

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

      How to Answer

      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 teaching methods do you use? What makes you the best, and most engaged, potential hire for Sylvan Learning? 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.

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  • 25.

    In our industry, our hours often fall outside of a typical 8AM - 4PM. Are you willing to work overtime and participate in extra-curricular activities?

      How to Answer

      The education industry is often in demand, even outside of typical school hours and activities. If you are applying to be a teacher, you will need to be available from the late afternoon into the evening and possibly on Saturdays. If you have restrictions in your schedule, this is a great time to address those restrictions.

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    At Sylvan Learning, we seek to hire the most compassionate individuals. Do you consider yourself compassionate?

      How to Answer

      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!

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  • 27.

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

      How to Answer

      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? How have they influenced you?

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  • 28.

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

      How to Answer

      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, practicum or a project that impacted you the most during that time.

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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?

      How to Answer

      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!

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