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1. When have you made a difficult decision, in regards to education? What were the risks of your decision? What was the final impact?
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  1. When have you made a difficult decision, in regards to education? What were the risks of your decision? What was the final impact?
  2. How important is a student-centered classroom for you?
  3. When have you worked together with teachers to create a higher standard or a better way of teaching?
  4. Who are the stakeholders in each child's education? Do any of these have a higher priority than the others?
  5. Why do you want a career as an assistant principal?
  6. How do you decide what gets top priority when scheduling your time?
  7. How would you describe your leadership style?
  8. Do you consider yourself a leader?
  9. What would you change about yourself to make you a better assistant principal?
  10. How do you get a peer or colleague to accept one of your ideas?
  11. Why should we hire you?
  12. What is the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it?
  13. What do you like about your present job?
  14. As an assistant principal, what do you believe is your best asset?
  15. Describe how you work with others.
  16. What three words would your students use to describe you?
  17. What makes you passionate about being an assistant principal?
  18. Often I hear teachers and other principals talk about wanting the students to actually 'want to be here', now how would you help us reach that goal where students look forward to being in the classroom, and are engaged in the classroom?
  19. Describe to me any new teaching trends or techniques you have witnessed. How do you stay current on new teaching trends/techniques?
  20. Tell me about your ability to handle stress and work under pressure.
  21. Where do you see yourself in ten years from now, or where would you like to be?
  22. Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
  23. How have you, or would you, handle conflict in a work environment?
  24. What motivates you?
  25. What improvements in the classroom have you made with teachers in the past?
  26. What strategies would you like to use to achieve higher student performance at our school?
  27. What do you know already about our school, and our school district?
  28. What do you envision for our school if you were an assistant principal here?
  29. What programs or projects have you been responsible for implementing at your current position?
  30. Tell me about one of your greatest professional achievements.
Contributing Author
Christine Pasqueretta
HR Executive
Assistant Principal Information
August 17th, 2017

Assistant principals (also known as Vice Principals) manage school operations and have a wide range of responsibilities. They typically work for a school and report to the school's principal. Depending on the size of the school and other factors, there may be more than one assistant principal. Assistant principals interact with the staff to communicate priorities and provide support so that the school meets performance standards. Key performance areas include leadership and management, conflict resolution, and organizational skills. You typically will need a master's degree in a related field to qualify for the position.

Vacancies for assistant principals are typically found on school websites, trade publications, and online job boards. The interview process will be quite involved, considering that it's a key leadership position that impacts the daily operations of the school. As a leader, you'll be held accountable for certain key performance areas for the school. This responsibility may range from disciplinary issues to academic performance. The interview will most likely assess your integrity, reliability, leadership ability, as well as your personality and ability to handle responsibility. The interviewer will be comparing your competencies with the needs of the school.

To prepare for the interview, think about examples of your ability to communicate to and influence a wide range of people, such as parents, students, teachers, and staff. Think about situations in which you excelled under high pressure and were able to adapt to an increase in responsibility and accountability for others. You will be a vital part of the daily operations of the school, so it's extremely important to give very concrete examples. Do research on the school and try your best to get an understanding of the values and mission, and how the assistant principal will fit into the plan for the school's future. Inspire confidence in your interviewer by being direct and concise in your responses.
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