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ABE Teacher Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your ABE Teacher interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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What is your greatest accomplishment as an ABE Teacher?

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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List of 30 ABE Teacher Interview Questions & Answers

  • Accomplishment

    1.

    What is your greatest accomplishment as an ABE Teacher?

      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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      1st Answer Example

      "The greatest accomplishment in my career was graduating university as an honors student at the top of my class while still working part-time as a volunteer teachers' assistant. This showed me that I could 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."

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      Entry Level

      "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."

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      Experienced

      "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."

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  • Adaptability

    2.

    Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine occasionally?

      How to Answer

      As an ABE Teacher, you will find that every day is different depending on the courses you teach 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. Establishing a structure for students is important, but it is equally important to adapt to their needs and rearrange plans as needed. Express your ability and desire to do both.

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      1st Answer Example

      "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. While I enjoy structure and routine, and students appreciate knowing what to expect, there's a lot of learning opportunities in moments of spontaneity and fun as well. I am willing and capable of adapting to meet the needs of my students."

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      Entry Level

      "I am comfortable either way, but I would probably grow bored if nothing ever changed. Having a few days of status quo now and then is good for my sanity, though."

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      Experienced

      "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!"

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      Community Answer

      "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."

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      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."

  • Adaptability

    3.

    How will you instruct students with varying abilities?

      How to Answer

      With this question, you'll want to demonstrate your ability to adapt the same material to each student's learning styles and competencies. One of the most difficult aspects of teaching is catering to each student's unique needs. It is important to go into the job armed with several strategies to help learners of all abilities. This means scaffolding material to help struggling students break down content and planning extension activities to challenge students who catch on quickly. Some strategies to consider may include utilizing small groups, assigning students to help each other, providing individual attention, utilizing technology and other resources to spark differing learning styles, offering challenging projects, allowing a student to lead the class, breaking down the learning into small steps, etc.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I pace the section I'm teaching based on the student's ability and receptiveness. I want to make them feel like the class is suited to their abilities rather than just teaching from a curriculum. I also have students help each other or sometimes lead the class. I provide individual attention when I can, using technology and other resources to engage different learning styles. These strategies help students learn from each other, but they help me learn how to further tailor my instruction as well."

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      Entry Level

      "I plan to invite my students to give me feedback on my teaching style. If I am moving along too quickly for a student, 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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      Experienced

      "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 regularly to ensure they are getting what they need from me. Holding individual conferences allows students to feel supported and allows the space for them to be open and honest, and allows me to identify their strengths and weaknesses."

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  • Behavioral

    4.

    What does a typical day look like in your classroom?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know how you structure your class and if you have a tried and true method for teaching material. Be honest with the interviewer as to what has worked for you and your students in the past. Share your pacing, and the teacher moves you make throughout the class. This may include the gradual release method or the 'I do, we do, you do' method, in which the teacher gradually releases ownership of the material throughout the lesson as they move from modeling to group practice to independent practice.

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  • Behavioral

    5.

    Tell me about a former student you still have a good relationship with.

      How to Answer

      A teacher's impact often extends beyond the classroom. It is not rare for students to maintain relationships with special teachers, even into adulthood. It often speaks to the teacher's character, intentionality, and care. The interviewer wants to hear about the relationships you've formed with former students and potentially their families and if you are still in contact with any. Share about a special relationship that has stood the test of time because of your impact on the student's life.

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  • Career Goals

    6.

    Have you progressed in your teaching career as you have expected?

      How to Answer

      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. You can include all that you've learned throughout your career and what you aspire to in the future.

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  • Career Goals

    7.

    Why did you choose to be an ABE Teacher?

      How to Answer

      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. Times can get tough in teaching, and schools want to hire someone who will persevere through adversity. Keep your answer brief while still allowing your passion to shine through.

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  • Career Goals

    8.

    What are your career goals 5 years from now?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to learn more about your career aspirations and whether or not your plans include remaining at their school for the foreseeable future. It's best to not overpromise or come across like you jump around from job to job often. Frequent turnover makes it hard for schools to gain traction and flourish. Share the time commitment you are willing to commit to the school you are interviewing with and any other education, training, endorsements, credentials, or career changes you foresee within the next five years, especially if that includes growing within the same school.

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  • Communication

    9.

    ABE Teachers need to have strong communication skills. Rate your communication skills from 1-10.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to be assured that they are hiring an ABE Teacher with a strong ability to communicate with their students and faculty. Communication is essential to relay information, give directions, and clearly state expectations. Teachers want to avoid wordiness, over-explaining, jumping from one idea to the next, and unclear directions. Rate your skills from 1-10 for the interviewer and provide a brief explanation as to why you would rate yourself that particular number.

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  • Communication

    10.

    How would your students describe your teaching style?

      How to Answer

      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. Think of two to three points that are especially well received by your students. Make sure to be honest in your answer, as there is a good chance that your answer might be double-checked with your references. If necessary, provide an example to highlight your teaching style.

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  • Creative Thinking

    11.

    How do you engage a classroom full of adults?

      How to Answer

      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. Focus on making content relevant to them, sparking curiosity, working with others, building relationships, and focusing on goal setting and growth.

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  • Diligence

    12.

    How would you describe your work ethic?

      How to Answer

      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, pay specific attention to the adjectives listed to describe their ideal candidate. In your answer, be sure to weave in some of the descriptors used in the job description and provide examples, if necessary.

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  • Diligence

    13.

    Being a teacher can be challenging. How can we motivate you on the job?

      How to Answer

      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. This could include being offered constructive criticism, meeting personal goals, earning incentives, or receiving positive recognition. Whatever the case may be, share what kind of motivation would keep you operating at your very best.
      Here are some ways that an employer may try to motivate 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 school's future
      - Public recognition

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  • Discovery

    14.

    Tell me about a personal goal and a professional goal you are working towards currently.

      How to Answer

      Your answer to this question will provide the interviewer a glimpse into your personal and professional ambitions. To be actively working towards something requires planning, consistency, discipline, and a strong work ethic. Share about two goals that reveal these qualities in you. Explain why these goals are important to you and how you are working towards them.

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  • Discovery

    15.

    Tell me about yourself.

      How to Answer

      A great place to start is to understand the reasoning behind the question. Primarily, the interviewer will use this question as an icebreaker. However, to you as the candidate, it can feel like being put in the hot seat. The Past, Present, Future interview answer framework is beneficial for this question.
      Past: Provide a brief overview of your career journey.
      Present: Discuss your current career situation as it relates to the job opportunity.
      Future: Talk about your career aspirations and how this future opportunity is a fit.
      When you frame your response using the Past, Present, Future method, it helps you keep your thoughts on track, allowing you to deliver a well-organized answer with impact. If it feels more natural to you, you can also frame your answer as Present, Past, Future.

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  • Discovery

    16.

    What professional development opportunities do you take advantage of to further develop your teaching skills?

      How to Answer

      Teaching is hard, and development opportunities often allow teachers a renewed sense of energy and motivation to better themselves for their students. Consider what development opportunities you've attended through former schools or on your own. Examples of extended learning opportunities could be conferences, training, courses, books, podcasts, etc.

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  • Discovery

    17.

    What was the last book you read?

      How to Answer

      This question allows the interviewer a glimpse into your personal life and interests. The book you name doesn't have to be teaching-related, but you could name a book you read for pleasure and a book you read related to teaching. Both of these will help the interviewer get to know you a little better. Give a brief synopsis of the book and explain whether or not you enjoyed it.

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  • Discovery

    18.

    What is a weakness you are currently working on?

      How to Answer

      Everyone has weaknesses. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being honest about something you are actively working to improve. Of course, you do not want to name a weakness that would completely disqualify you from the role. Name a minor weakness and the concrete strategies you are currently implementing to improve in that area.

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  • Discovery

    19.

    What are three words that best describe you?

      How to Answer

      If you are unsure where to begin with this question, take a free online personality or strengths test to gain some ideas. Consider recent feedback you've received or how a good friend or family member would describe you. It is best to provide your words for the interviewer and briefly explain how you exemplify those words.

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  • Discovery

    20.

    How do you cope with stress on the job?

      How to Answer

      Working with children, working with adults, working with families, it can all be stressful! Stress is inevitable, but the right candidate for the job will know how to manage stress to continue working productively. The interviewer does not want to hear what stresses you out but how you will cope with stress when it comes your way. Explain some of the methods or strategies you employ to remain organized, manage your time and workload, and work collaboratively with people to minimize stress.

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  • Discovery

    21.

    How do you define your own personal success?

      How to Answer

      Do some thinking about what success means to you. Consider how you would determine whether or not a semester or school year was successful. Tell the interviewer how you see success and be sure to tie your answer into the success you plan to achieve in this particular position, should you be offered the role.

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  • Discovery

    22.

    What are your strengths?

      How to Answer

      Consider 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 complete your to-do list, understand client needs, and help 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. If you are unsure of your top strengths, seek out a free online strength or personality test to gain some ideas.

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  • Discovery

    23.

    What motivates you as an ABE Teacher?

      How to Answer

      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. Oftentimes, your answer to this kind of question makes you stand out from the other candidates. Be honest, concise, and share a little of your heart for the work.

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  • Diversity

    24.

    When have you worked among a diverse group of people?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know if you are accustomed to working with a diverse range of students or coworkers. Consider all of the ways in which people can be diverse, including race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, ability, etc. Assure the interviewer that you can work cooperatively with a diverse group of people, regardless of your differences. It can't hurt to also explain the benefits of diversity that you've experienced firsthand.

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  • Experience

    25.

    We are asking for eight years of industry experience and you have just five. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?

      How to Answer

      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! Instead, explain the value you would add to the school if hired as the new ABE teacher.

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  • Performance Based

    26.

    Give me an example of a time when you went above and beyond for a student or fellow teacher.

      How to Answer

      Display to the interviewer that you can do more than just the bare minimum when it comes to your students' success. Show that you can react appropriately when you see that your students need more from you. Instead of just stating some of the things you've done, share a recent example with relevant context that highlights your willingness to go above and beyond.

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  • Problem Solving

    27.

    How do you deal with conflict in your classroom?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is looking to hear about your ability to communicate with your adult students and professionally handle issues when they arise. Conflict is inevitable, and conflict resolution does not come naturally to everyone. Specific strategies should be put in place to help students work through disagreements. 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 and remain unbiased when dealing with conflict.

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  • Salary

    28.

    What is your current salary?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • Trust

    29.

    As an ABE Teacher, what do you believe is your best asset?

      How to Answer

      A successful hire needs to be one where both parties feel they are gaining something new and exciting. Assure the interviewer that your best asset(s) are exactly what they need! If you need help generating some ideas, consider positive feedback you've gotten in the past or take a free online strengths quiz. Think critically about this before the interview because your answer here could be just what sets you apart from other candidates.

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  • Work From Home

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    How often do you take work home with you?

      How to Answer

      The majority of teachers will work overtime hours or take work home with them on occasion. Talk to the interviewer about how frequently you take your work home. Be honest and straightforward, but share how you do your best to make the most of your time at work. Schools want to hire people who will work hard, but they do not want people who will become easily overwhelmed and burnt out. Take this opportunity to also share how you strive for work and life balance.

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