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20 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 30th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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Give me an example of a time when you went above and beyond for a student or fellow teacher.
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Display to the interviewer that you are able to do more than just the bare minimum when it comes to the success of your students. Show that you are able to react appropriately when you see that your students need more from you.
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1.
Give me an example of a time when you went above and beyond for a student or fellow teacher.
Display to the interviewer that you are able to do more than just the bare minimum when it comes to the success of your students. Show that you are able to react appropriately when you see that your students need more from you.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Last week I noticed that one of my students needed some extra tutoring. He was struggling with a particular module. I offered to help him after class so that he felt more confident going into the next learning module. We worked together for a couple of hours that day and were able to catch him up on everything. It felt good to help."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I enjoy going above and beyond for my students. During my practicum I really observed some of the ways that I could go the extra mile for my students. I could do this in the way of offering practice tests, tutoring hours, and arranging study groups."
2.
What is your current salary?
A potential employer will often base their offer on your current salary. You should be transparent about your most recent earnings and be prepared to back up any salary requests.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am currently earning a base salary of $48,000. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"As I am a recent graduate, I would like to be offered a fair salary that reflects my recent education. I am most concerned with joining an organization that will help me to grow my career as an adult educator. Compensation is not my primary driver."
3.
How do you define your own personal 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 achieve in this particular position, should you be offered the role.

Rachelle'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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I consider my day a success if I have reached a personal goal, helped someone who needed me, and learned something new."
4.
Why did you choose to be an ABE Teacher?
Now is a great time for you to share your passion and knowledge about the teaching career you have chosen! Interviewers want to hear about how you became interested in the field. Keep your answer as brief as possible while still allowing your passion to shine through.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I used to volunteer at my church, teaching ESL students. My favorite part about it was talking to newcomers to our country and learning about their culture. I learned that I'm good at coaching, and I liked building relationships. I started researching other careers where I could use these skills. I discovered the field of adult education, and I returned to school. I'm so glad I chose this field because I get to do exactly what I love!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I was unsure of what I wanted to do with my life when I got to college, so my career counselor recommended taking a range of classes. I really enjoyed classes related to English and education. I knew quickly that I would take the path of becoming an educator."
5.
As an ABE Teacher, what do you believe is your best asset?
A successful hire needs to be one where both parties are feeling as though they are gaining something new and exciting. Assure the interviewer that your best asset...or assets...are exactly what they need!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I feel that my heartfelt dedication to learning is what makes me an exceptional ABE Teacher. This dedication is something that I see in your organization, as well, which is why I believe we will be a great match."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"At this point, I believe that the biggest asset I have to teaching is the education that I bring. My Bachelor's Degree in Education is very valuable to me and I look forward to bringing this knowledge to your school."
6.
What are your strengths?
Which personal strengths make you excellent at your job? Strengths can be skills or qualities that help you overcome difficult circumstances or accomplish challenging tasks.

In a work context, your strengths will help you to complete your to-do list, understand client needs, and help you to apply what you have learned in your training. Talk to the interviewer about a couple of your strengths and why those will help you to be successful in this role.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I think my strengths are in my perceptiveness and ability to be observant of the needs of others. These strengths are part of what makes me an excellent adult education teacher."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Some great strengths to mention are:

- Communicative
- Loyal
- Collaborative
- Tech Savvy
- Flexible in Schedule/Availability
- Persistent and Determined
- Eager for Knowledge/New Skills"
7.
Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine occasionally?
As an ABE Teacher, you will find that every day is different depending on the courses you are teaching, and who your students are. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to stick to a routine. Be sure to show that you can also thrive in times of unpredictability.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I prefer working in a more predictable environment because I can be more effective in my teaching style. With that said, I can certainly work in an unpredictable environment from time to time."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am comfortable either way, but I would probably grow bored if nothing every changed. Having a few days of status quo every now and then is good for my sanity though."
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"I like the predictability of a routine; however, mixing up the routine keeps things interesting. With my experience in this role, I have grown to adapt to different situations, and the key, in my opinion, is to have a balance."
Lauren's Answer
This is a fantastic response. The interviewer wants to get a sense of your expectations and work style. Your response conveys flexibility and a baseline understanding of the job field.
"Throughout my career, I have become adaptable and flexible, with varying duties and tasks. A structured routine can be great, but a break in the monotony can be beneficial. Changes in routine can rejuvenate me, while also reaffirming the comfort a routine can offer."
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8.
We are asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
To many employers, the number of years' experience is flexible - so long as you have the results to show for the years that you do have. Talk to the interviewer about your major career successes. This is the time to sell yourself. Make no apologies for your lack of years!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Although I have 5 years' experience vs 8 years' experience I can absolutely do this job well. In my previous role, I was outperforming colleagues who had 12 years of experience. To me, it's all about drive and ability to be a quick study. I have all of these qualities and more."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I may not have the desired years' experience; however, my experience does match all of your must-have's for this role. In addition to this, I have an elevated degree which accounts for a lot. I am confident in my ability to do this job very well."
9.
How often do you take work home with you?
The majority of teachers will work overtime hours or take work home with them on occasion. Talk to the interviewer about how frequently to take your work home.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I make sure to utilize my work hours very efficiently so the only time that I take my work home is when there is an extremely stringent marking deadline. I would say that, overall, I take my work home maybe once per week. It's all about being diligent with your time in the classroom!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I fully expect, as a teacher, that I will take my work home on a regular basis. I understand it's par for the course when building a curriculum and a new teaching career."
10.
Have you progressed in your teaching career as you have expected?
Career progression can be a touchy subject, especially if you feel that your career hasn't progressed as well as you would have liked. Talk to the interviewer about your career progression and what you would like to see in the future.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Overall, my career has progressed a touch slower than I would have liked. I have held a couple of positions that didn't offer the growth and learning that I was expecting; however, I have bounced back nicely. I feel that this particular position would take my teaching career exactly where it should be."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am just beginning my career in adult education and can confidently say that I am very happy with my progression so far. I have carefully planned my career path and plan to stick to that plan as closely as possible."
11.
How would you describe your work ethic?
When the interviewer asks about your work ethic they are looking for specific examples or keywords they can relate to. When you read the company job posting or job description do they refer to particular company ethics? Talk about their values and how those align well with your personal work values.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Teachers are always under close watch when it comes to work ethic and overall effort. I am honest, dependable, and hard working. I am sure that any of my coworkers would agree."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Some characteristics you may want to use are:

- Determined/Driven
- Accountable
- Humble
- Respectful
- Dependable"
12.
What is your greatest accomplishment as an ABE Teacher?
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!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The greatest accomplishment in my career was graduating University as an honors student while still working part time as a volunteer teachers' assistant. I was top of my class, and working part 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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"So far, my greatest accomplishment as an ABE Teacher is landing the greatest practicum that I could have imagined. I learned so much and am forever grateful for the opportunity."
13.
Being a teacher can be challenging. How can we motivate you on the job?
Every employer should know how each staff member is best motivated. Talk to the interviewer about the variety of ways in which you are best motivated on the job.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am best motivated through words of praise and recognition for a job well done. I do like to know that my efforts are being noticed. In my current position we have a leader board and I do like that concept because it creates a healthy bit of personal competition in me as well."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Here are some ways that an employer may try to motivate you. Which ones resonate most with you?

- Incentive programs where points are earned
- Showing complete trust in your work and performance
- Setting smaller, more achievable goals
- Helping you to find your greater career purpose
- Being a positive example to you
- Maintaining an open and transparent workplace
- Personalized incentives vs. Team driven incentives
- Getting to know you on a personal level
- Positive feedback based rewards system
- Offering a strong work/life balance by encouraging time off
- Letting you know your voice matters
- Allowing you to take the lead on projects that excite you
- Handing out big picture projects so you feel that you are contributing to the company's future
- Public recognition"
14.
How do you engage a classroom full of adults?
The interviewer understands that it can take a lot of talent to keep a room full of adults engaged and entertained for a significant amount of time. Discuss some of the ways that you keep your adult learners interested in your material.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I encourage a lot of hands on work in my classroom so that there are very few lulls during the lesson. Nobody likes to sit idle and so I try to respect that as much as possible."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"That is a great question! I do understand that adult students can have many distractions that younger students may have, so I want to be sensitive to that. I believe that verbally and physically engaging lesson plans are the best way to keep anyone interested and engaged."
15.
How will you instruct students with varying abilities?
With this question, you'll want to demonstrate your ability to adapt the same material to the learning styles and competencies of each student.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I pace the section I'm teaching based on the student's ability and receptiveness. For instance, if a student has stronger math skills they typically tend to need more reading and writing assistance, so I spend more time working on grammar and brainstorming with them and breezing through the math section. I want to make them feel like the class is suited to their abilities rather than that I'm just teaching from a curriculum that doesn't really factor in their strengths and weaknesses."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I plan to invite my students to give me feedback on my teaching style. If I am moving along too quickly for a student, for example, I want them to tell me. I may not rearrange my entire teaching style, but I will certainly offer them additional resources to be successful."
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Interview Questions
  1. Give me an example of a time when you went above and beyond for a student or fellow teacher.
  2. What is your current salary?
  3. How do you define your own personal success?
  4. Why did you choose to be an ABE Teacher?
  5. As an ABE Teacher, what do you believe is your best asset?
  6. What are your strengths?
  7. Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine occasionally?
  8. We are asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
  9. How often do you take work home with you?
  10. Have you progressed in your teaching career as you have expected?
  11. How would you describe your work ethic?
  12. What is your greatest accomplishment as an ABE Teacher?
  13. Being a teacher can be challenging. How can we motivate you on the job?
  14. How do you engage a classroom full of adults?
  15. How will you instruct students with varying abilities?
  16. How would your students describe your teaching style?
  17. How do you deal with conflict in your classroom?
  18. When have you worked among a diverse group of people?
  19. ABE Teachers need to have strong communication skills. Rate your communication skills from 1-10.
  20. What motivates you as an ABE Teacher?
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