Elementary Teacher Interview Questions

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Audra Kresinske is an educator with over 7 years experience teaching English and employment readiness skills.

Elementary Teacher was published on August 15th, 2021. Learn more here.

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What is your philosophy towards work?

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List of 50 Elementary Teacher Interview Questions & Answers

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  1. 1.

    What is your philosophy towards work?

  2. 2.

    If a student said she thought you were the worst teacher she ever had, what would you say?

  3. 3.

    Where would you like to be in your career five years from now?

  4. 4.

    What do you like to do in your spare time?

  5. 5.

    Can you tell me about a time when you had to step into the role of a caregiver, and what you learned from that experience?

  6. 6.

    How do you deal with an unmotivated student?

  7. 7.

    What would you tell a parent who complained about their child not having enough homework?

  8. 8.

    Why did you decide to become a teacher?

  9. 9.

    What challenges are you looking for in a position?

  10. 10.

    How do you handle stressful situations?

  11. 11.

    How will you instruct students with varying abilities?

  12. 12.

    What techniques do you use to keep students actively involved during a lesson?

  13. 13.

    Tell me about some specific motivational strategies you use to get students excited about a project.

  14. 14.

    What would you do if 50% of a class did poorly on a test?

  15. 15.

    How would you apply technology to enhance daily instruction and increase student learning?

  16. 16.

    How would you rank these in importance and why? Planning, discipline, methods, evaluation.

  17. 17.

    Do you believe you should build rapport with students? If yes, how?

  18. 18.

    How do you encourage students to learn? Can a student be forced to learn?

  19. 19.

    What attracted you to this school?

  20. 20.

    If a student came to you and said, 'None of the other students like me,' what would you tell them?

  21. 21.

    What are your computer skills? What computer software have you used?

  22. 22.

    What was your most rewarding experience during student teaching?

  23. 23.

    What experience have you had with students from culturally diverse backgrounds?

  24. 24.

    Are you a positive and energetic person?

  25. 25.

    If I were your principal and we were setting goals for next year, what would they be?

  26. 26.

    Are you a team player?

  27. 27.

    What is your greatest strength?

  28. 28.

    How do you overcome a difficult problem?

  29. 29.

    If you had enough money to retire right now, would you?

  30. 30.

    If students were having difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

  31. 31.

    How do you feel when a student fails?

  32. 32.

    Why are you the best person for this job?

  33. 33.

    It seems like there is never enough time to cover the curriculum or to get children to master content and skills. Would you comment on that?

  34. 34.

    What are your weaknesses?

  35. 35.

    Are you constantly searching for things you can show, tell, or demonstrate to students? Tell us about a recent discovery or something new you found.

  36. 36.

    What are you most proud of?

  37. 37.

    Was there a person in your life who really made a difference?

  38. 38.

    Give me examples of ideas you've had and implemented?

  39. 39.

    What's the last book you read?

  40. 40.

    Do you have any questions for me?

  41. 41.

    What activities has technologies replaced in your lessons, if any?

  42. 42.

    Are you comfortable with the use of technology in the classroom?

  43. 43.

    Are you an empathetic person? Give an example.

  44. 44.

    How can you tell that a person is a good listener?

  45. 45.

    What are the qualities of a good leader? A bad leader?

  46. 46.

    Do you prefer to do long term or short term plans? How do you plan for instruction?

  47. 47.

    How closely do you follow your plans?

  48. 48.

    What do you feel are the most important factors in classroom management?

  49. 49.

    How do you feel about computers in the classroom?

  50. 50.

    What would you do if your Principal made a decision you did not like?