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

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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.

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29 Education Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. At Company ABC we put a strong emphasis on continued education. We believe that there is always more to learn. How do you feel about continued education?

      How to Answer

      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.

      1st Answer Example

      "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."

      2nd Answer Example

      "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 Company ABC emphasizes continued education in its employees?"

  • 2. 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!

      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."

      1st Answer Example

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

      2nd Answer Example

      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."

  • 3. 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 or a project that impacted you the most during that time.



      1st Answer Example

      "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."

      2nd Answer Example

      "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."

  • 4. 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?



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  • 5. At Company ABC, 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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  • 6. In our industry, your day may not be 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 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."

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  • 7. At Company ABC 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 makes you the best, and most engaged, potential hire for Company ABC? 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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  • 8. What are your thoughts on public vs. private education?

      How to Answer

      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.



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  • 9. 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.



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  • 10. 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. (IE: if this is a tutoring company, avoid discussing how you do not enjoy one-on-one student interaction.)



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  • 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?

      How to Answer

      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.



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  • 12. 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.

      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."

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  • 13. 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. 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?

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  • 14. 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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  • 15. 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. If you could do anything over, what would you do, and why?

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  • 16. Why do you want this job with Company ABC?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 17. 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. 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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  • 18. How do you believe you will complement our department, if you were hired?

      How to Answer

      If you were awarded the position, what would you bring to the department or organization? Assure the interviewer that you are the right fit for this position.

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  • 19. 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. 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!

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  • 20. How do you like to encourage ideas in others?

      How to Answer

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

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  • 21. 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. Assure the interviewer that you are diligent when it comes to submitting good, clean, work.



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  • 22. 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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  • 23. Do you think honesty is always the best policy?

      How to Answer

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



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  • 24. How do you define success?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 25. What leadership qualities do you possess?

      How to Answer

      Some great qualities of a leader are:

      - Being someone who people naturally want to follow
      - Exceptional interpersonal skills
      - Strong relationship building skills
      - Taking ownership for the team's errors and mistakes
      - Excelling at motivating others
      - Providing kudos to your team
      - Knowing how to select and hire the right people to join the team
      - Having a vision for the future

      These are just a few to get started! Which qualities do you most identify with?

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  • 26. 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. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.



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  • 27. How do you handle stress on the job?

      How to Answer

      Are you someone who is able to handle stress on the job? How do you manage the stressful times? Talk to the interviewer about your ability to manage pressure in the workplace.

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  • 28. 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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  • 29. 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.

      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?
      - What is your favorite part about working here?
      - What is the facility's primary goal for this position in the next 12 months?
      - 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?

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