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Top 30 High School Teacher Interview Questions

Question 1 of 33
Have you ever taught a class with special needs students, or students with a disability? If so, how did you adjust your teaching style or curriculum?
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Question 2 of 33
Which subject do you most enjoy teaching?
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"I enjoy a wide range of subjects; however, my favorite subject to teach is Chemistry. I like that it's so hands on, and the knowledge can be applied to many other areas of science and even math."
The interviewer would like to know which subjects excite you! Whether you love teaching math, or have a penchant for the arts, show the interviewer that you have a true passion for your craft. There is no right or wrong answer here but be sure to avoid speaking poorly of a certain subject, especially if you may be asked to teach that curriculum down the road.

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Question 3 of 33
How would you handle a student being disruptive in the classroom?
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"As a High School teacher, I have had my fair share of experience with disruptive students. Because I am teaching teenagers, and not children, my philosophy is to treat them the same as an adult. I will let them know that they are being disruptive and will give the student the option of ending the disruption, or leaving the classroom."
The interviewer would like to know more about your style when it comes to corrective discipline in the classroom. As a High School teacher you will come across students who are challenging, or push your limits. That's a given! Show that you can handle the situation professionally and in a way that demands the respect of your students.

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Question 4 of 33
How do you earn the respect of your students?
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"I truly believe that respect needs to be earned, and not demanded. I earn the respect of my students by becoming invested in their education, their performance, and their needs. I make myself approachable and am open to feedback."
The interviewer would like to know how you go about earning the respect of your students. As a High School teacher you must be able to command presence in the classroom while also being a mentor-type that your students feel they can easily approach with questions and other education related needs. Discuss a bit about your work personality, teaching style, and how your students respond to you.

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Question 5 of 33
What qualities do you believe make an excellent teacher?
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"I believe that an excellent teacher should be a strong listener, and have the ability to flexible, and versatile in their day. I believe that I possess these qualities and am also highly approachable. My students can come to me for anything, and that's very important."
List for the interviewer some of the qualities that you feel are most important for a High School teacher to possess. Be sure to tie in the fact that you personally possess these qualities!

Some great qualities could be:

- Passion
- Concern for kids
- Determined and persistent
- Confident
- A confidante
- Flexible
- Organized
- Committed to professional development
- Diligent
- Collaborative

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Question 6 of 33
What is your teaching philosophy?
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Question 7 of 33
How do want your students to remember you?
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Question 8 of 33
Tell me about your leadership qualities.
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Question 9 of 33
How do you handle stress on the job?
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Question 10 of 33
What motivates you?
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Question 11 of 33
Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.
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Question 12 of 33
What types of activities keep you busy, outside of work?
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Question 13 of 33
What interests you most when it comes to teaching at the High School level?
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Question 14 of 33
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 15 of 33
How do you deal with distracting coworkers who stand in the way of your productivity?
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Question 16 of 33
Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
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Question 17 of 33
Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
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Question 18 of 33
Describe an ongoing problem at your current or former employer that you were able to overcome.
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Question 19 of 33
When have you had to lead by example?
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Question 20 of 33
What are you reading right now?
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Question 21 of 33
Out of curiosity, what type of student were you in high school?
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Question 22 of 33
What area of professional development are you currently focused on?
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Question 23 of 33
What is the most challenging part of your job, as a teacher?
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Question 24 of 33
Tell me about a time that another teacher has influenced you.
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Question 25 of 33
How often do you send your students with homework? What is your philosophy on homework?
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Question 26 of 33
Tell me about one of your own teachers that made an impact on you.
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Question 27 of 33
You have been hired as the newest member of our teaching team. How would you first introduce yourself to a group of parents, students, and teachers from our school?
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Question 28 of 33
In your opinion, what is the most rewarding part of being a teacher?
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Question 29 of 33
Why are you the best teacher for us?
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Question 30 of 33
How do you prepare students for standardized assessments?
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Question 31 of 33
What is your communication style with the parents of your students?
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Question 32 of 33
Have you ever received an award or special workplace accolade?
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Question 33 of 33
We were initially looking for someone with 5 years' experience in a similar role. Considering you have just 2 years' experience, would you be willing to accept this position at a lower salary?
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About High School Teacher

June 25th, 2017

High school teachers teach students in grades 9 through to grade 12. They are responsible for the entire spectrum of their students' education, from planning the curriculum and lecturing in the classroom, to setting and grading tests, working one on one with students if necessary and liaising with parents.
A bachelor's degree and a state-issued license or certification are mandatory for anyone wishing to pursue a career as a high school teacher. There are several advancement opportunities in this field with experience and completing of specialty programs. It takes patience, dedication and a passion for teaching to work as a high school teacher. Resourcefulness, excellent communication skills and the ability to build a rapport with high school students are all essential attributes for this role.
Why do you like working with high school students in particular? What do you like best in this role and what do you find especially challenging? What are your thoughts on the current high school curriculum? Are you for giving students homework or against it? These are just some of the questions you can expect to be asked at your interview. You can find many more at Mock Questions.

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