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Elementary Teacher Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Elementary Teacher interview, here are 50 interview questions and answer examples.

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What was your most rewarding experience during student teaching?

How to Answer

Think back to a time during your student teaching in which you felt accomplished. Provide the appropriate amount of context for the interviewer and explain the situation. Think critically about exactly what made you feel accomplished and how that validated you as a teacher.

Written by Audra Kresinske on August 22nd, 2021

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List of 50 Elementary Teacher Interview Questions & Answers

  • Accomplishment

    1.

    What was your most rewarding experience during student teaching?

      How to Answer

      Think back to a time during your student teaching in which you felt accomplished. Provide the appropriate amount of context for the interviewer and explain the situation. Think critically about exactly what made you feel accomplished and how that validated you as a teacher.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on August 22nd, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "I was working closely with a student struggling with a particular math concept. I pulled out all the stops to help him grasp the idea. I worked with him one on one, scaffolded the steps, worked through several examples, turned it into a word problem, and nothing seemed to do the trick. Finally, I had the idea of having another student teach the concept to the struggling student. After a few practice problems, the student began to catch on. It was the words of another student at his level that really helped him. I was so excited to see the student light up and feel successful. I was proud of myself for not giving up on the student and recognizing that a peer may communicate more effectively with me. I learned so much from this particular class and am so grateful I had the experience to work with that special group."

      Written by Audra Kresinske on August 22nd, 2021

  • Accomplishment

    2.

    What are you most proud of?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to get a feel for an accomplishment that you feel proud of. Even if it was listed on your resume, now is a great time to reiterate something that you feel proud of, either in your academic or professional life. Share an appropriate amount of context so the interviewer can grasp the importance of your accomplishment and explain how you went about achieving whatever it was. Share the concrete steps you took to achieve your goal and what you've learned from the experience.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on August 22nd, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "I'm really proud of my students improving their math scores from a 76% class average to an 85%. I supported students in this by integrating math more deeply into the entire curriculum. As a class, we read books where there was room to supplement math into the conversation. For example, I used 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' as a fun way to teach math skills required in business. My students felt a real-world connection to their learning, but it was also fun for them to interact with the story as we read it. It felt good both personally and professionally that I could make this connection for them. It was a boost to my confidence and taught me to look for more opportunities to use this strategy."

      Written by Audra Kresinske on August 22nd, 2021

  • Adaptability

    3.

    How do you feel about computers in the classroom?

      How to Answer

      Schools may differ on their opinion of this, and accessibility to technology plays a significant role here. Try to do some research to see how much importance is placed on technology at the school. Chances are, like most schools, they are trying to find ways to use technology to improve students' education and help them become familiar with it. Give an example of what you have done or might do to use technology to benefit the students. If technology isn't readily available, may you suggest that your class visits the computer lab weekly or that you'll apply for grants to gain access to technology that could live in your classroom.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on August 22nd, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "I think computers are great tools to supplement traditional classroom activities. Teaching typing skills and allowing students to feel comfortable navigating a computer safely is an important skill to learn in elementary school. I can still introduce my students to tech without having computers in the classroom, though. At my former school, we visited the computer lab weekly. We also had a class set of iPads, but we used them in a supplementary fashion, and not as a primary tool. Technology can really bring the best out of some of our students, and I try to incorporate it as much as I can."

      Written by Audra Kresinske on August 22nd, 2021

  • Adaptability

    4.

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

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is trying to get at how you invest students in their learning. Some students will require some motivating or special care before they comply with rules and work their way towards becoming independent learners. Demonstrate your professionalism by explaining your understanding of how learning works. Connect that theory with your personal experience: start with the broad strategy and give a few concise and concrete examples.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on August 22nd, 2021

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  • Adaptability

    5.

    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?

      How to Answer

      The key here is time management. Demonstrate your ability to manage your time effectively by illustrating how you would allocate your priorities. Effective teaching takes careful planning. Be sure to share some details about how you plan efficiently and how you work to get in all the necessary skills in the course of a school year. You could reference different strategies like scaffolding content, spiraling content, utilizing centers, welcoming in parent volunteers, grouping students appropriately, and collaborating with other teachers.

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  • Adaptability

    6.

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

      How to Answer

      Effective teachers maintain student engagement and participation throughout a lesson. Planning lessons must include strategies to keep students' attention, challenge them, and spark curiosity. Be sure to include how you plan with student engagement in mind and the strategies you use to ensure students remain focused and engaged throughout the lesson. It can't hurt to include some strategies you rely on should all else fail in your lesson. This will communicate to the interviewer that you are well prepared to handle whatever is thrown at you and constantly thinking about keeping students engaged and excited about learning.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on August 22nd, 2021

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  • Adaptability

    7.

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

      How to Answer

      Start your answer by explaining what technology you've used in your classroom with great success. Share programs or software that aid students and help them become familiar with technology while building their academic skills. Share the management and routine around using tech in the class and how students benefit from this approach.

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  • Adaptability

    8.

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

      How to Answer

      If you have an example where technology has replaced an activity, explain why. Technology doesn't need to replace an activity in your lessons: technology can also supplement an activity. The most important thing to understand is that the interviewer is looking at how you use technology to improve the effectiveness of your lessons. Tell the interviewer about your stance on technology and give an example of how you use technology to benefit the students.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on August 22nd, 2021

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  • Ask The Interviewer

    9.

    Do you have any questions for me?

      How to Answer

      This question is usually saved for the end of the interview. You can use this opportunity to end things on a positive note by asking questions that focus on success. You should arrive at the interview with a few questions prepared, as it shows thoughtful interest in the job. Even if your question is 'when can I expect to hear from you next,' be sure to ask something to show your continued interest in the school and the position.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on August 22nd, 2021

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  • Behavioral

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

      How to Answer

      Note that 'discipline' is the only character trait that is based on you. Planning, methods, and evaluation are all skills that can be taught. If you choose another aspect from the list, make sure you justify your statements with a clear explanation. It may help to think about how one aspect supports or is a prerequisite for another aspect to function.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on August 22nd, 2021

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  • Career Goals

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    What challenges are you looking for in a position?

      How to Answer

      State your current experience and contrast it with the challenge you're looking for. Explain why you want this challenge, how it'll help you in your career, and what its place is in your trajectory. Describe why challenges are appealing to you and what role you play in finding solutions. The interviewer does not want to hire teachers who will complain about problems they face at work; they're looking for motivated educators who are willing to ask the tough questions and do the work to find solutions that improve the school. Be sure to demonstrate a go-getter attitude and a willingness to do your part.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on August 22nd, 2021

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  • Career Goals

    12.

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

      How to Answer

      A genuine answer is perfectly acceptable. The needs of the school differ from one school to the next. Use your best judgment and look into teacher turnover rates. If they are high, the school is most likely looking for someone who will stay for 3 years or more. An appropriate answer will depend on your level of experience. If you are new, it's often best to show a moderate level of ambition tempered with patience.
      It is most important to demonstrate that you're stable and resilient and that you're willing to put the school's needs ahead of your own.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on August 22nd, 2021

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  • Communication

    13.

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

      How to Answer

      Share a little bit about your ability to read people. You may be teaching students how to listen to each other appropriately, so it is important to have strong social and conversational skills yourself. Describe how you can tell that someone is truly listening and how you help students listen to each other in the classroom.

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  • Communication

    14.

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

      How to Answer

      Show your sensitivity and professionalism by describing the way that you would handle the situation in relational terms. Acknowledge the important relationship between teacher and student. Build on your answer by explaining how you would continue to foster a relationship with that student beyond this conversation.

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  • Compatibility

    15.

    What is your philosophy towards work?

      How to Answer

      Give an honest answer that's aligned with the school's values. If you're a workaholic, paint a picture of dedication and tireless work. If you prefer to have more work-life balance, paint a picture of a balanced and focused individual. Imagine yourself as an engine; consider what makes up your fuel. Connect your response to how it benefits students.

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  • Compatibility

    16.

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

      How to Answer

      Building relationships is a key aspect of teaching. Students must like and respect you as a teacher and feel like they belong to feel fully invested. Rapport is an important aspect of influencing others. Explain how you build rapport with students and end your response with how this benefits students. You may want to consider building classroom culture, trust, or a sense of belonging amongst students.

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  • Competency

    17.

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

      How to Answer

      The future of education is exceedingly incorporating technology into every day of lessons. The interviewer is asking this question because it's important to them: the school is integrating technology into the classroom. Affirm the importance of technology and explain what it enables. You could share your experience with Smart Boards, document cameras, Chrome books, iPads, etc. Even if you don't have much experience incorporating technology into your lessons, be sure to communicate your excitement and willingness to learn the new technology.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on August 22nd, 2021

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  • Creative Thinking

    18.

    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.

      How to Answer

      Demonstrate that you're fully committed to teaching by giving an answer that highlights a moment you were inspired while going about your daily life. Teachers are always on the lookout for inspiration, and students often want to know how content relates to the real world. Give a compelling answer that shows your thoughtfulness, creativity, and ability to provide students with relevant, engaging lessons.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on August 22nd, 2021

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  • Creative Thinking

    19.

    How will you instruct students with varying abilities?

      How to Answer

      Teachers constantly need to be cognizant of scaffolding material to meet learners where they are at and, at the same time, challenge those who need an extra push. A classroom of students is full of varying abilities, and you will be responsible for meeting needs, whether that means supporting struggling learners or challenge more skilled learners. Demonstrate your competence and professional knowledge by mentioning a few theories and then go into a little bit of detail for each technique. If you're an experienced teacher, you may also demonstrate your understanding of handling such situations by simply telling the interviewer what you would do.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on August 22nd, 2021

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  • Diligence

    20.

    How closely do you follow your plans?

      How to Answer

      For the most part, while teaching, you will be expected to stick to your plans. You never know when you may be randomly observed, and it will be expected that you're teaching what you said you were going to teach. It's important to demonstrate your professionalism and discipline by showing that you can stick to a plan regardless of how you feel or what happens. On the same token, flexibility is also important. This question offers a great opportunity to share about a time you either stuck to a plan or veered away from your plan due to students' needs, curiosity, or a teachable moment presented itself.

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  • Discovery

    21.

    Why are you the best person for this job?

      How to Answer

      This is one of the few openings to really focus the interviewer's attention on your finest qualities. Take this opportunity to explain why you are the most qualified and most passionate about the job. Your specific and genuine answer here could really set you apart from other candidates, so be sure to think about your response ahead of time. It's important to research the school's values and mission before the interview. Choose a skill of yours that you think is aligned with the values and mission, and connect it with an innate character trait.
      For instance, if a school is known for being strict due to rowdy students, you may want to highlight that you're very good at classroom management. Or, if a school is known for a strong liberal arts program, you may want to highlight that you're very creative.

      If you know the school lacks a particular program or in an area you feel strong in, be sure to communicate your commitment and ability to lead in that area. Schools are constantly on the lookout for dedicated teachers who will be assets and strong leaders within the building; share your ability to do just that.

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  • Discovery

    22.

    What is your greatest strength?

      How to Answer

      Choose a strength of yours that reflects both the organization's values and demonstrates the merit of this strength. If you are unsure of a strength, consider taking a free online personality or strengths test to generate ideas.

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  • Discovery

    23.

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

      How to Answer

      Choose a person who influenced you somehow in your professional life. This person doesn't have to be someone who's in your professional life. For example, your mother or father may have influenced your decision to become a teacher. Or perhaps a professor inspired you to commit to a life of teaching. Avoid cliches and generic answers by being as specific as possible. Explain their role, their impact on you, and how you want to continue to pay it forward.

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  • Discovery

    24.

    Are you a positive and energetic person?

      How to Answer

      While no one can be both of these things, all of the time, most elementary school teachers are both positive and energetic most of the time. Share with the interviewer which adjective you feel fits your personality best and share how you can remain upbeat and optimistic. Feel free to use an example if it would help to illustrate you in action in the classroom. Use open and relaxed body language to underscore your positivity.

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  • Discovery

    25.

    What do you like to do in your spare time?

      How to Answer

      This question is asked to get to know you as an individual. Organizations typically like to hire well-rounded individuals, so share a few activities you genuinely enjoy. It is also important for leadership to see that you have ways of managing stress and filling up your cup to pour it into your students at work. Be open and honest here and share a little glimpse into who you are and what you enjoy.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on August 22nd, 2021

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  • Diversity

    26.

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

      How to Answer

      If you have had direct experience with students from culturally diverse backgrounds, give a direct example that displays your cultural sensitivity. You may want to use a story that highlights how you could adapt to the student's particular needs. If you haven't had any direct experience working with people from a diverse range of cultures, you can give the interviewer confidence by mentioning examples of your ability to be fair and consistent yet sensitive. Be ready and willing to share any resources you use to continue to develop as an educator and ensure the content you teach is culturally responsive.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on August 22nd, 2021

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  • Education

    27.

    What's the last book you read?

      How to Answer

      If you have read any books related to teaching recently, be sure to mention them. Regardless of the book's topic, give a one-or-two sentence brief of what you gained from reading it. This will allow the interviewer to get to know you and your interests a little better.

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  • Experience

    28.

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

      How to Answer

      Think about a time, either in your academic or professional life, where you spoke up about an idea you had and acted on it. It might be a good idea to look up the school's mission and values and choose an idea you've implemented that is aligned with those values. Veer away from discussing something controversial with your school's leadership team. Each school's leadership has different attitudes towards risk-taking, so adjust accordingly. Be sure to explain the relevant context behind your idea and why it was necessary. Then, highlight the actions you took and the outcome. You may wish to quantify the outcome, if possible.

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  • Experience

    29.

    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?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is asking this because you'll be expected to take care of children. Most likely, you'll be teaching younger children Grades K-2. There is a lot that goes into teaching besides academics. Young children are away from their parents or caregivers for the first time in their lives, and that's a big adjustment.

      Answer honestly and follow up with specific techniques that you could use to enable you to perform this job function. If possible, draw from an experience in which you performed well. The age of the person you took care of is less important than the fact that you could care for this person. End with a focus on something positive that you got out of the situation.

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  • Experience

    30.

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

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to gauge your comfortability and familiarity with different computer programs and software with this question. You could share anything from your typing skills to familiarity with email, Google Suite, Microsoft Suite, and/or any other relevant programs or software used in your student teaching or former teaching roles. Be honest about your answer here, and be sure to communicate that you would be committed to learning whatever was necessary for this new role.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on August 22nd, 2021

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  • Job Satisfaction

    31.

    Why did you decide to become a teacher?

      How to Answer

      Be sure to be open and honest and allow your passion to shine through here. Your response to this question may make you a memorable candidate and set you apart from the rest. Do some homework before the interview and align your response with the school's mission and values. Material factors such as salaries and benefits are not going to impress the interviewer. Instead, focus on a reason that would give you the motivation to continue despite difficult situations. If possible, attribute your motivation to a personal trait and not an external factor. You may also choose to mention things that you like about the school.

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  • Job Satisfaction

    32.

    What attracted you to this school?

      How to Answer

      Before the interview, be sure to do your homework and read up on the school you are interviewing with. A few good places to start are the school's website, social media channels, local news outlets, and even current or former faculty. It's important to show that you did a fair amount of research to demonstrate your interest and commitment to the school. It would be a good idea to mention some of the school's highlights of selling points, like any recent awards, the mission, and values, reputable classes, programs, or teams, specific staff members you've interacted with, or any specific ties you have to the school. This is a great opportunity to talk up the school while also showing that you did your research to prepare for the interview.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on August 22nd, 2021

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  • Leadership

    33.

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

      How to Answer

      You may want to ask for more information to make a more well-informed response. Regardless, you can answer hypotheticals by laying out the grounds of two different common scenarios and explaining the goals. You can also wrap your answer up by telling the interviewer about one aspect of professional development that you would strive to work on regardless of the school's needs. Follow up with why you want to work on it and/or how it'll benefit the school.

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  • Leadership

    34.

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

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is getting at your preferred methods for classroom management. Classroom management is necessary to foster an environment where teaching and learning can occur, and students learn that there are consequences for actions. You may find it useful to interview experienced teachers to get some insight into classroom management techniques. As with most responses, it really depends on the classroom. At-risk youth will require different techniques compared to children with special needs. Be sure to think through management techniques prior to the interview to demonstrate that you have a plan and know the importance of maintaining structure and routine. Be specific and explain why you use the techniques you prefer.

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  • Leadership

    35.

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

      How to Answer

      Both kinds of planning are required as a teacher. You will be expected to have a long-term plan for the course of the year and also get specific with unit plans and daily lesson plans. Don't settle for either/or thinking, and instead respond that you can do both. You can use this as an opportunity to demonstrate your flexibility and discipline. Explain the importance of each planning style and how you go about making long and short-term plans from year to year.

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  • Leadership

    36.

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

      How to Answer

      If possible, research the leadership style of the current school leadership and mention the important character traits to the school. It's important to gauge the level of authoritarianism in the school. Some schools are more egalitarian, while others can have a very top-down, hierarchical culture. Use this information when developing your response and avoid incompatible values.
      In general, it's best to avoid mentioning personalities because that differs from leader to leader. Instead, if you want to be diplomatic, focus on what a leader gets done and the kinds of actions they take. Of course, you can always mention the positive traits and actions of leaders you've worked with who have had an impact on you.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on August 22nd, 2021

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  • Problem Solving

    37.

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

      How to Answer

      Demonstrate your interpersonal ability by laying out the flow of your conversation. Share that you'd be quick to listen and would be sure to observe the student closely for the next few days and intervene when necessary to help them interact with other students.

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  • Problem Solving

    38.

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

      How to Answer

      If a parent were to complain, demonstrate to the interviewer your ability to listen, explain your perspective to the parent. You might also provide additional resources to supplement learning like certain apps, websites, and/or workbooks.

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  • Problem Solving

    39.

    How do you overcome a difficult problem?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is looking for an honest example from your experience. You should choose a problem you faced either in your academic or professional career. Provide relevant context so the interviewer can follow your story and be sure to illustrate the specific steps you took to overcome the problem and what you learned through the process.

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  • Problem Solving

    40.

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

      How to Answer

      Give a concrete example using your direct experience by starting with a specific student that you remember helping. If you don't have one, use an example where you could teach someone something--it could be a friend or family member.
      Provide relevant context, so the interviewer understands the situation. Describe what you were teaching and why students were struggling. Demonstrate your ability to overcome obstacles by moving into a quick overview of what you did that didn't work and progress into what did work. Sum up the resulting positive outcome and connect it with the broader idea of the strategy you use to teach a student.

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  • Problem Solving

    41.

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

      How to Answer

      It's important to show your knowledge of pedagogy. If half the class failed your test, it'd be prudent to look into your test or teaching methods. Chances are, the teaching strategy you used didn't stick with students, the practice wasn't aligned with the test, or students did not have enough time to practice the skill before the test. Whatever you do, do not place the blame on students. Instead, demonstrate your professional competence by giving specific examples of what you would do.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on August 22nd, 2021

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  • Problem Solving

    42.

    How do you deal with an unmotivated student?

      How to Answer

      Over the course of your career, you will come across students who are more difficult to motivate. As the teacher, it is your job to figure out how to make lessons relevant, engaging, and fun for all students. You form relationships with all students to help motivate them to open up and be their very best. If asked this question, be sure to demonstrate that you are compassionate, patient, and willing to do what it takes to help this student. Chances are, there is a reason they are acting unmotivated, and it is rarely because they are 'lazy.' State how you would react to this student and a few strategies you would try to motivate them.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on August 22nd, 2021

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  • Scenario Based

    43.

    Are you an empathetic person? Give an example.

      How to Answer

      Teachers must be empathetic people. They work very closely with students and families of all walks and phases of life. The best teachers see the whole picture, not just what is right in front of them. Demonstrate your ability to be empathetic by providing an example that shows your care and concern for the students and families you serve. Use the STAR method to answer this question. Describe the situation and the task. Describe the actions you took and the resulting outcome.

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  • Scenario Based

    44.

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

      How to Answer

      This question is asked to get at the true root of what you care about and want to do with your life. You don't have to say that you'd still dedicate your life to teaching, but it would be a good idea to say that you'd want to give back in any way that you were able. This answer demonstrates an attitude of service and contributing to society.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on August 22nd, 2021

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  • Scenario Based

    45.

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

      How to Answer

      As a teacher, you are responsible for motivating students toward success. You should have a few tricks up your sleeve to get students excited about projects in your class. Take the school's values into account before responding. Be specific and give concrete examples that you've used in the past. If your experience doesn't fit exactly with the school's values, explain some small adjustments you'd make at this school and why.

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  • Stress

    46.

    How do you handle stressful situations?

      How to Answer

      Stress is inevitable. Give a brief overview of what you would do to manage your stress. Show that you have full knowledge of yourself and understand how to mitigate the negativity. End with a positive outcome.

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  • Teamwork

    47.

    Are you a team player?

      How to Answer

      Teaching is a collaborative profession, and schools want to hire people who are willing and able to work with others. Affirm that you're a team player by giving examples. If you don't have much teaching experience, use different examples from other sources, including volunteer experience and especially any experience involving children in this age range. Demonstrate that you understand how important collaboration is, not only to you as a career resource but also for enriching your students' learning experiences.

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    How do you feel when a student fails?

      How to Answer

      Answer with an honest reaction and follow it up with why. Focus mostly on how you could improve or adjust your strategy with the student. It is important to express that you don't want to see any students fail, and you would do all you could to support a struggling student.

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    49.

    What are your weaknesses?

      How to Answer

      We all have weaknesses, so don't be afraid to share something that you are genuinely working. It is best to choose something that is a task-oriented weakness and not a character trait. Mention it briefly and turn the conversation towards how you are actively working on improving this weakness. There will always be things that can be improved upon, so share something that wouldn't be detrimental to your position with the school and show off your self-awareness by remaining humble and stating your steps to improvement.

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

      How to Answer

      At this point, if you have a feel for the principal's leadership style, try to say something that aligns with that style. Be honest about how you react to decisions you disagree with. Seeing multiple perspectives is important in education because unpopular decisions have to be made often.
      If you are a more agreeable person, explain your view on leadership and lay out the actions that you would perform.
      If you are a less agreeable person, be forthright about it and move quickly to demonstrate your professionalism and ability to defer to authority.
      Either way, it's important to express a willingness to put aside your temporary differences to act towards a common overarching goal.

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