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History Teacher Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your History Teacher interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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Describe a time you mentored someone.

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Mentorship is a wonderful opportunity and lives can truly be changed by a positive mentor. Speak to the value of mentorship. Also, share what a typical mentor session looks like.

Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

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30 History Teacher Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. Describe a time you mentored someone.

      How to Answer

      Mentorship is a wonderful opportunity and lives can truly be changed by a positive mentor. Speak to the value of mentorship. Also, share what a typical mentor session looks like.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "Two years ago, I took on a student teacher who I was mentoring. She worked really hard to prepare lessons in the class she was teaching for me. We talked through constructive criticism pieces on a week-to-week basis. For me, it was a honor to be a part of a life-shaping experience like this."

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

  • 2. What do you change year-to-year with your teaching?

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      Year to year, teachers should work to give their students variety. This gives class a fresh feel. Tell the interviewer how you have done this before.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "I have tried to change up my American History class every year. I bring in new research, videos, and activites to make this happen. Students may not know things have changed, but I am a better teacher in the process."

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

  • 3. How do you select classroom supplies?

      How to Answer

      Building up the supplies in your classroom may or may not be up to you. Speak to the interviewer to clarify this point. But, do talk about the supplies you would like in your classroom.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

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      "I would love to have more hands-on activities in my classroom. There are some fun history games out there that really resonate with students. Anything to help the student learn while having fun, right?"

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

  • 4. How do you push through obstacles?

      How to Answer

      Pushing through obstacles can be challenging. But, an administration wants to see your fortitude here. Speak to how you overcame the obstacle and what kind of mindset you had to have.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

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  • 5. What research have you conducted in history?

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      History research gives an administration even more interest in hiring you. The more you can promote the subject outside of the school the better. It may even lead to new opportunities within the school.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

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  • 6. Share an experience where you were tested in patience.

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      Patience being tested is a part of teaching. How you handle yourself is what all students will see. Speak to what the whole situation was about.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

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  • 7. How do you get students to be self-motivated?

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      Self-motivation is not easy for everyone. This is where a teacher comes in to bring confidence for students. Share how you make things happen for students to get to work and stay on task.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

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  • 8. How do you create classroom discussions?

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      Discussions are an imperative part of every classroom. Expectations should be talked about here. This way, the administration can see that you have prepared the situation so things can go smoothly.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

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  • 9. Share an ethical dilemma in history.

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      Ethical dilemmas in class can be hard to speak to. But, as a teacher, students need honest feedback that is unbiased about the situation. Describe how you go about doing this appropriately.

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  • 10. How do you approach teaching a different theme?

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      Sometimes, themes in a history class cannot be taught in a normal way. Share how a different way of teaching a theme can matter greatly for students to look at things in a different perspective. This can make all the difference for a student.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

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  • 11. How important is analyzing data in your class?

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      An analysis of data is truly important to any school. Assessing where students have had growth and where they need to improve is paramount to any education. Describe why it has been essential to you.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

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  • 12. Share a time you had to think outside the box to fix a problem.

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      Outside of the box thinking does not happen overnight. Teachers have to work hard to change their perspective to make their classes different and interesting. Speak to how you do this when an issue arises.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

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  • 13. How do you prioritize work?

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      Prioritizing work can be a challenge to balance. Life can be busy. But, with the proper organization skills, a teacher can show the administration how they multi-task to stay as stress-free as possible.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

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  • 14. Speak to an event where you recognized an educational need and developed a way to hit the point home.

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      Pinpointing educational needs is something a teacher needs to be aware of. Share with the interviewer how you look for educational needs. Then, how you develop ways to help students in need.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

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  • 15. What does a successful lecture look like?

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      Lectures can look a lot of different ways. They do not need to look like a teacher talking and students listening and taking notes. Speak to your philosophy on how you make those things happen.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

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  • 16. Why do you have an interest in history?

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      Everyone has a story that inspired them to become a teacher. Share with the interviewer what sparked your imagination. This way, they will be able to see your passion for the subject.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

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  • 17. Speak to a time a parent was not happy with their child's grade.

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      There will come a time when a parent is not happy with the grade you gave their child. It may come in a phone call, email, or face-to-face contact. Share what you did or would do to diffuse the situation.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

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  • 18. How will you add to the Department of History?

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      When applying for a history teaching job, of course you will be a part of a bigger team. With all sorts of people and mindsets, you need to add value to the department. Share how you will fit in.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

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  • 19. Share a time you collaborated with another teacher.

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      Collaboration is a key practice for any teacher. An administration wants to see that you are a team player here. Speak to past times you had a successful collaboration.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

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  • 20. How do you feel about being involved in after-school events?

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      An administration wants to make sure you are a team player. After-school events are additional things you may have to be a part of, but you will have a better chance of getting the job. So, come in with an open mind.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

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  • 21. Share your weaknesses and strengths.

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      Sharing about strengths and weaknesses is an interview question you can expect. Be honest about both. Also, be willing to share how you have been working to turn your weaknesses into strengths. Keep your answer positive!

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

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  • 22. What kind of person should get this history job?

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      Though an administration knows what kind of person they want to hire, they may want to see if you have administration potential down the road. Speak about attributes that you possess and why those are crucial as a teacher. Feel free to speak about professionalism as a focus point.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

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  • 23. Explain what you know about our school.

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      This question revolves around doing some research ahead of time. Pinpoint a few things that matter to you and share why it stands out to you. Schools always want to hear good things about their school, but keep it short and to the point.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

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  • 24. Share some goals you have as an educator in history.

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      Every educator needs to have some goals for their future. If not, they will get burned out completely. Share with the interviewer how you will balance this to be successful.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

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  • 25. If a student is struggling in your class, how do you connect documents to help them along in the right direction?

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      There will come a time in every teacher's class when students may not understand things. The administration wants to understand how you will approach this situation. It is important to maintain an environment in which it is ok for students to make mistakes and still feel supported by their teachers. Having a plan to scaffold new learning is expected of all teachers.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

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  • 26. Share a time you used IT for teaching a history class.

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      IT teaching is a new, fresh take on education. An administration may want to see your understanding of the technology. Speak to the value you have with the program or not.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

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  • 27. What brings history to life for your students?

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      Bringing history to life can be hard for students to grasp. Speak to how you liven up the subject. Share the tools, tricks, and tips you have used during the years to encourage students to learn history.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

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  • 28. What does a typical history class look like for you?

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      Classes look and feel a certain way week after week. Share with the interviewer how you set-up your class. This way, they can understand the value of your teaching style.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

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  • 29. How do you get students excited about history?

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      Students get inspired by a subject in different ways. Speak to your motivation techniques. By elaborating on your teaching methods, the administration will get a bigger picture of the potential impact you could have on a school.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

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  • 30. Speak to a great lesson you taught. Why did things go well?

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      Great lessons can come in all shapes and sizes. Speak to what you did to prepare and how students responded. Detail the experience from start to finish.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on April 22nd, 2021

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