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Top 25 Attendance Clerk Interview Questions

Question 1 of 25
Working as an attendance clerk in the school system can be stressful. How well do you handle stress and pressure?
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Question 2 of 25
Do you have strong negotiation skills?
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"Negotiating is a very regular part of my job. I have to regularly use this skill while communicating with the students, teachers and sometimes the maintenance staff. The last time I had to use my negotiation skills was when things got stuck in calculating the holiday benefits for the employees. The administration wanted to make some cuts while the employees were not in favor of this. I mediated and explained to the employees the reason behind this decision. I explained to the administration that it was unfair to dismiss the benefits. We reached a mid-ground, and everyone was happy."
Being an attendance clerk requires you to negotiate with your students quite often! The interviewer wants to know if you are capable of negotiating when needed. Tell the interviewer about some situation where you had to use your negotiation skills. It will be useful to mention how often you have to use this ability in your job and how successful you are.

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"I imagine that an attendance clerk would need to use negotiation skills when giving out tardy notes, verifying the authenticity of absence notes or calling parents of students to verify absences. I have a small background in retail sales, in a commission driven background, so I am confident in my negotiation abilities."
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"My negotiation skills are strong! Working with kids for so long, and being a parent myself, I have had no choice but to hone my negotiations skills."
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Question 3 of 25
Tell me about your experience in handling challenging parents.
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"Being in this profession, it is not uncommon to come across problematic parents from time to time. Dealing with them is pretty simple for me. You just have to listen to their problem, talk to them, and try to figure out a satisfactory solution. I believe in open conversation with parents, and students."
As an attendance clerk, you will have to collaborate with challenging parents, as well! The interviewer would like to know that you would handle this type of situation professionally, and with class. You can share a specific example or just state how you would react if faced with this situation.

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"Parents can be protective of their children so I understand they may become defensive if they think their child has been unfairly disciplined for tardiness, for instance. If this were to happen, I would remind the parent that dedication to their kids education is important."
Experienced Example
"I am sure that I have been a challenging parent myself, from time to time! I try to have empathy for everyone's situation. If a parent is giving me pushback, I will ask them if there is anything I can do to help make their situation easier. That calms them down and opens up communication."
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Question 4 of 25
Why do you want a career as an attendance clerk?
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"I always wanted to be in an educational administrative role. I believe that by being an attendance clerk I can get closer to my objective. Also, I love the sense of responsibility that comes with this job."
The interviewer would like to know more about what drives you to be in this line of work. When answering this question, you can incorporate a personal story. You could also talk about what inspired you to become an attendance clerk in the first place. Make sure you go through the job description while preparing the answer to this question. You can use some of the responsibilities mentioned in the job description for developing your response.

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"I love working with kids and also the administrative responsibilities associated with the role. My level of organization is high, and my dedication is strong. I know I will be successful in this role."
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"I first became an attendance clerk after I had kids. It was my way of being near them while working a schedule that mirrored theirs. They have graduated now, but I still love the work. It feels good to be around kids and help them to stay accountable, from a young age to their success in school."
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Question 5 of 25
Have you ever had difficulty with a supervisor or co-worker? How did you handle the situation?
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"I avoid conflicts with my team members as I believe in clear communication whenever any issues are present. There is no reason to have tension in the workplace if you are honest, transparent and an effective communicator."
The interviewer wants to know how you handle conflict, and how you behave in a team situation. Do you end up having conflicts on a regular basis or are you a team player who always slides away without difficulty in conflicting situations? Avoid saying anything negative about your team member or the supervisor and also avoid praising yourself too much.

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"Conflict is certainly not something that I seek. There was one incident when a coworker was constantly dumping his work on my desk. He wasn't doing it to be rude; he just didn't understand the full spec of his responsibilities, or mine. Once he knew about our process, he understood his error and apologized. We have worked very well together since then."
Experienced Example
"Earlier in my career, I worked at a school with a principal who led the school more like a dictatorship. I did not agree with his approach but rather than creating a fuss; I looked for another position. I did not believe that I could have changed his ways so, in that situation, it was best I moved on."
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Question 6 of 25
When have you worked among a diverse group of people?
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Question 7 of 25
Your role as an attendance clerk will be very busy. How do you handle a larger than average workload?
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Question 8 of 25
What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?
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Question 9 of 25
When you come across a school policy that you do not necessarily agree with, what do you do?
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Question 10 of 25
Do you have experience in handling challenging students?
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Question 11 of 25
What programs/software are you most experienced in?
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Question 12 of 25
What qualities do you think an attendance clerk should have?
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Question 13 of 25
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
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Question 14 of 25
Do you think it is possible to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader?
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Question 15 of 25
Are you available to work overtime, as needed?
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Question 16 of 25
Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
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Question 17 of 25
Why are you the best attendance clerk for us?
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Question 18 of 25
Do you prefer to work independently or do you thrive in a team environment?
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Question 19 of 25
Walk me through your career history. Do you have any experience working in a school system?
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Question 20 of 25
What is your strongest administrative related skill?
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Question 21 of 25
If a student had more absences than usual, what would you do?
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Question 22 of 25
Do you have any post-secondary education?
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Question 23 of 25
Why do you feel regular attendance is important for students?
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Question 24 of 25
Are you comfortable being in a role where students may look up to you as a mentor?
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Question 25 of 25
Do you have any questions for me?
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About Attendance Clerk

August 17th, 2017

The primary responsibility of an attendance clerk is compiling attendance records. As part of their job they obtain district attendance numbers, issue attendance permits, and compute daily average attendance figures.
A high school diploma is sufficient to get employed as an attendance clerk. Those who are interesting in this field must be good with numbers and quick with calculations and data entry. They must also be organized and have an eye for detail.
At your interview for an attendance clerk job, the interviewer will try to gauge your suitability for the role by asking you questions about your strengths, weaknesses and career goals. Rehearsing the answers to the questions you will find at mock interview questions will help boost the chances of getting hired to work as an attendance clerk.

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