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Top 30 Assistant Principal Interview Questions
Question 1 of 30
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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Question 1 of 30
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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"The school I worked for was making budget cuts and I had to decide which of two teachers was to be let go. This was extremely difficult as they were professionally capable and I had good personal relationships with them. I made a pros and cons list, talked to their students and their students' parents, and discussed options with each of them extensively before making a decision. In the end, I wrote a stellar recommendation for the teacher we let go and he got into an amazing school which he now still works at. I think it's really important to go the extra mile when making difficult decisions as such."
"We recently had to evaluate our educational offerings at the school, and for budgetary reasons, make necessary cuts to maintain for the upcoming school year. Valuing the aspects of math, science, history, language and the arts, we had some difficult decisions to make. My team and I worked together to combine the arts program together (arts, music, drama, etc.) and create a hybrid language program as an offering for student electives. We were able to meet budgetary requirements without compromising the integrity of a complete education - and it is something we are very proud of."
Perhaps the best answers to this question will involve something that directly impacts the students or teachers. Examples may include curriculum changes after budget cuts or changing the start and end time of the school day. Telling the interviewer that you recognize how your decision will impact the lives of the students or teachers is a great idea.
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Question 2 of 30
How important is a student-centered classroom for you?
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"A student-centered classroom is extremely important. When I taught in Asia, I noticed that the teacher was speaking most of the time and students would be taking notes. The students lacked discussion ability and weren't given a chance to develop their own opinions. I always ask my students to write down or talk about what they think about a certain issue."
"Students make up the classroom and learning experience so they are everything when it comes to a student centered environment!"
"I think the student-centered classroom is most important for subjects such as a foreign language or a creative writing or art class. In the hard maths or sciences, student participation should definitely be encouraged, but the teacher spends more time explaining and teaching concepts, so it's a bit different for every subject."
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Question 3 of 30
When have you worked together with teachers to create a higher standard or a better way of teaching?
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Question 4 of 30
Who are the stakeholders in each child's education? Do any of these have a higher priority than the others?
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Question 5 of 30
Why do you want a career as an assistant principal?
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Question 6 of 30
How do you decide what gets top priority when scheduling your time?
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Question 7 of 30
How would you describe your leadership style?
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Question 8 of 30
Do you consider yourself a leader?
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Question 9 of 30
What would you change about yourself to make you a better assistant principal?
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Question 10 of 30
How do you get a peer or colleague to accept one of your ideas?
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Question 11 of 30
Why should we hire you?
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Question 12 of 30
What is the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it?
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Question 13 of 30
What do you like about your present job?
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Question 14 of 30
As an assistant principal, what do you believe is your best asset?
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Question 15 of 30
Describe how you work with others.
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Question 16 of 30
What three words would your students use to describe you?
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Question 17 of 30
What makes you passionate about being an assistant principal?
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Question 18 of 30
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?
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Question 19 of 30
Describe to me any new teaching trends or techniques you have witnessed. How do you stay current on new teaching trends/techniques?
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Question 20 of 30
Tell me about your ability to handle stress and work under pressure.
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Question 21 of 30
Where do you see yourself in ten years from now, or where would you like to be?
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Question 22 of 30
Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
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Question 23 of 30
How have you, or would you, handle conflict in a work environment?
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Question 25 of 30
What improvements in the classroom have you made with teachers in the past?
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Question 26 of 30
What strategies would you like to use to achieve higher student performance at our school?
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Question 27 of 30
What do you know already about our school, and our school district?
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Question 28 of 30
What do you envision for our school if you were an assistant principal here?
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Question 29 of 30
What programs or projects have you been responsible for implementing at your current position?
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Question 30 of 30
Tell me about one of your greatest professional achievements.
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Challenging and unique assistant principal interview questions. Created to help you with your upcoming interview! Created on February 22nd, 2016