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.
"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."
"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."
"As an experienced adult educator, I am accustomed to working in an unpredictable environment and tend to prefer that pace. It's fast, and makes every day different. I certainly enjoy the challenge!"
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.
"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."
"Some characteristics you may want to use are: - Determined/Driven - Accountable - Humble - Respectful - Dependable"
"My work ethic can be described as reliable, honest, and consistent. You are welcome to speak to my references in regards to my work ethic. I am very proud of my reputation in the industry."
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!
"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."
"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."
"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 in the adult basic education industry."
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.
"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!"
"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."
"Both of my parents were educators and, for that reason, I have always seen this career path as the best option for me. I saw how happy it made my parents and I always wanted a career as fulfilling as theirs."
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.
"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."
"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."
"I have found, over the years, that the majority of my students stay engaged when they are called upon regularly during a lesson. They then know that they need to remain a part of the conversation and their input is valued."
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.
"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."
"I consider my day a success if I have reached a personal goal, helped someone who needed me, and learned something new."
"I define success by what we achieve as an entire faculty. The student body, as a whole, needs to be cared for before I consider my job as a teacher a success."
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.
"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."
"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 "
"I am motivated by knowing that I am helping my students to achieve things that they did not think was possible. If you can share success stories with me, that's also very motivating."
With this question, you'll want to demonstrate your ability to adapt the same material to the learning styles and competencies of each student.
"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."
"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."
"Teaching students with varying abilities is par for the course when it comes to adult education. I have become very perceptive of my students' needs over the years and will check in with them on a regular basis to ensure they are getting what they need from me."
This question focuses more on your relationship with the students than on your teaching. The interviewer wants to know how you interact with your students and how you talk about them. You can think of two to three points which are especially well received by your students. Make sure to be honest in your answer as there is a very good chance that your answer might be double-checked with your references.
"I think my students would comment on how my classes are fun and interactive. I never let anyone sleep or get away with not being engaged and I have a list of interactive lessons up my sleeve to pull out whenever class is getting dry. I also want to make sure my students are up and moving in my class. Sometimes we'll spend the afternoon enacting a Shakespearean sonnet or making posters for our Renaissance festival."
"During my teaching practicum the feedback that I received was that my teaching style was professional, patient, and thorough. I received some very strong feedback from my practicum students and promise to deliver the same results here, should I be chosen for the position."
"I have been an ABE Teacher for 9 years now and have heard a common theme when it comes to feedback on my teaching style. I have been told that it is casual, interactive, and honest. I really appreciate the things my students have said about me, and I plan to bring these characteristics with me to this role at your school."
The interviewer is looking to hear about your ability to communicate with your adult students and handle issues in a professional manner, when they arise. Think of an example where you worked closely with your students to resolve a conflict. You could also offer a scenario where you mediated an issue between two coworkers. Show that you can keep your head on your shoulders when dealing with conflict.
"I have strong conflict management skills and in my current position, have had to exercise those skills from time to time. We are in very culturally diverse community which can cause a lot of unnecessary conflict among the students. When a conflict arises, I like to deal with it swiftly, openly, and with poise. Transparency and openness is how I lead my class so I will call a group meeting where we express concerns and get it all out on the table."
"I have not had the opportunity to lead my own class as of yet; however, I know that I will not tolerate unnecessary conflict in the classroom. If there is an issue to be dealt with, I will address it quickly and professionally."
"Through my 8 years as a teacher I have learned that conflict can be a normal part of being in a close knit situation with a group of people. It is most easily remedied by clear, open, and honest communication."
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!
"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."
"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."
"I believe my strongest asset as an ABE Teacher is the level of compassion that I bring to the job. Even after 9 years as an adult educator, I still approach each student with the same enthusiasm as I did on day one."
The interviewer would like to know if you are accustomed to working with a diverse range of students or coworkers. Assure the interviewer that you are able to handle an environment that offers diversity.
"I have worked with diverse groups of people most of my career, including my time in University. I am most comfortable, and happy, in this type of environment because it offers a great learning opportunity for everyone involved."
"My time in University has taught me a great deal about embracing diversity. Where would we be if everyone were the same? Diversity offers new opportunities for learning as well as the chance to influence someone who may be different from you."
"I would say that pretty much every educational facility I have worked for has valued diversity. Working with teachers and students from all walks of life help shed different perspectives, which is very exciting for me."
The interviewer wants to be assured that they are hiring an ABE Teacher with a strong ability to communicate with their students, and faculty. Rate your skills from 1-10 for the interviewer.
"I rate my communication skills as a 9/10 as I will, on occasion, have times when I am not as clear as I would like to be. My fellow teachers and students will attest to my clear and concise communication skills. Because I am an open leader, my students will let me know if I need to clarify anything."
"I will rate myself an 8.5 because I consider myself a strong communicator. It is the foundation of all success in business. I am always striving to be a better communicator so I leave the rest of the scale as an aspirational measure."
"I will rate myself an 8 because I value communication but, just like most people, I have things to learn. Some ways that I ensure clear communication are by utilizing multiple methods of delivering messages to my students and I give ample time for questions before beginning a new module."
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.
"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."
"Some great strengths to mention are: - Communicative - Loyal - Collaborative - Tech Savvy - Flexible in Schedule/Availability - Persistent and Determined - Eager for Knowledge/New Skills "
"I think my passion and joy for teaching, and for students, are my strongest assets. I truly enjoy what I do every single day, and I know that is a blessing and gift that most people don't have."
It is important, for your success, that the hiring manager knows how to keep you motivated and excited to come to work every day. Share with the interviewer what they could do to ensure that you are happy and productive.
"Paving new paths and creating new teaching methods to support my students excites me the most. I am self motivated and enjoy seeing my hard work make a difference for someone."
"Starting my career as an ABE Teacher, I am most motivated by the idea of paving new paths and creating classroom structures to support my students."
"Through the years of being an ABE Teacher, I have found my motivation through the enjoyment of researching and implementing new teaching practices."
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.
"I am currently earning a base salary of $48,000. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."
"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."
"I am currently making $60,000 per year with two bonus opportunities based on new enrollments. I am looking for compensation that is aligned with the role and provides opportunity for growth."
ABE teachers are Adult Basic and Secondary Education teachers. These specialist teachers are committed to teaching out-of-school youths or adults in remedial education classes, English as Second Language classes or preparatory classes for the GED test. They observe and evaluate students with different needs and abilities, and adapt regular teaching methods so they are customized to their students' requirements. They may instruct students individually or in a group setting and also prepare and administer tests and issue grades.
A bachelor's degree is the minimum educational qualification required to become an ABE teacher. Most employers will also require applicants to have considerable first-hand work experience. You can obtain the necessary work experience by completing an internship under the supervision of an experienced ABE teacher. ABE teachers must be creative, patient, and empathetic, with excellent communication, analytical and teaching skills.
At your interview, the interviewer will want to know more details about your work experience. They will also ask you questions to gauge your suitability for the role. The key to a successful interview is to answer confidently and convince the interviewers that you are the best candidate for the job. One way to do this is by preparing your answers to some of the more commonly asked questions. You can find these listed at Mock Questions.