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Kindergarten Teacher Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your Kindergarten Teacher interview, here are 25 interview questions and answer examples.

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Question 1 of 25

How did you handle a student causing trouble in the classroom?

How to Answer

Share your approach to working with children who cause trouble in the classroom.

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25 Kindergarten Teacher Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. How did you handle a student causing trouble in the classroom?

      How to Answer

      Share your approach to working with children who cause trouble in the classroom.

      1st Answer Example

      "Challenges will present themselves when working with people of any age. It is my teaching style to work with troubled children individually and apply conflict resolution methods wherever necessary."

  • 2. What provides you with the greatest joy in being a teacher?

      How to Answer

      Reiterate to the interviewer what aspects of teaching provide you with the greatest joy. Tie this in to your love of learning and approach to teaching/learning. Now is your chance to radiate with passion about the career path you choose and why you continue to follow its path.

      1st Answer Example

      "Being a teacher provides me with the greatest joy - and mostly, this is because it allows me to work with young students early in their educational career. I always remembered my experiences in kindergarten and the fun learnings we had with our teacher. I strive to create that same experience for each of the students in my classroom."

  • 3. You have been hired as the newest member of our teaching team. In fewer than five minutes, how would you introduce yourself to a group of parents, students, and teachers from our school?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer will be interested in how you approach introductory sessions and the information you will share with the people you will work with.

      1st Answer Example

      "That is great news! I will introduce myself with my name, a bit about my background, a smile and a handshake. I will express to the team that I am very glad to be its new member. I will set expectations of what to expect from me and my teaching style - from parents, to students, and other teacher peers. To end, I will share that I am excited to work with and learn more about everyone while making a lasting impression on our school year together."

  • 4. What is the most rewarding part of being a teacher?

      How to Answer

      Share your insights for why teaching is so rewarding as a profession.

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  • 5. How do you stay motivated?

      How to Answer

      Share what motivates and drives you to be better as a teacher every day. Take the opportunity to share practices you utilize in your personal life to improve as a professional (such as reading, networking, group events, etc.) The more passion you have for staying motivated and learning, the better!

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  • 6. Describe for me a lesson you taught that went very well. Why did the lesson work so well?

      How to Answer

      Share a positive experience from one of your lesson plans and why it was so successful. Have fun with this question and brag about the work you did while gaining this positive experience.

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  • 7. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?

      How to Answer

      Provide an honest answer around areas where you can improve.

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  • 8. How do you accommodate for different students learning styles?

      How to Answer

      Share how you accommodate different learning styles in the classroom. Take this opportunity to highlight the learning styles you are experienced with and how you adapt your style for students with differing needs. If new to teaching, share the styles you learned in your schooling and how you plan to best apply them in the classroom.

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  • 9. How do you teach a classroom of children with differing intellectual abilities?

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      Provide an answer to the interviewer that shows how you incorporate differing intellectual levels into your teaching style.

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  • 10. What makes you passionate about teaching?

      How to Answer

      Share with the interviewer why you are passionate about teaching at the kindergarten level. Take the opportunity to brag about what life events or experiences led you to a career in teaching. Share a memorable story where applicable.

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  • 11. How do you get the respect out of your students?

      How to Answer

      Share your approach to earning respect as a teacher and the value you place on this through your teaching.

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  • 12. What steps would you take to handle a student who is a consistent behavioral problem in your classroom?

      How to Answer

      Share your approach in steps to handling problem students in the classroom.

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  • 13. What qualities make an excellent teacher? Which do you possess?

      How to Answer

      Provide an answer that gives light to your strengths that are in sync with being a kindergarten teacher.

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  • 14. Why did you choose to be a kindergarten teacher?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer will be interested in learning what lead you to choose a career in education at the kindergarten level. Now is your chance to explain your passion for working with children and helping students learn. It's okay if you have recently decided to become a kindergarten teacher, just explain to the interviewer the decisions that lead you there.

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  • 15. How well do you know this community?

      How to Answer

      Share the level in which you know the area. If you are from the area, share experiences you have had with the educational system or community programs in which you are involved. If you are just moving to the area, share what specific items led you to live there and how you acclimated through community events/programs.

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  • 16. Why do you want to work at this school?

      How to Answer

      Share what separates you from other candidates and explains why you have chosen to seek out working at the specific school. Be sure to share any personal experiences you have with your own children in the school (or friend's children) and what about the Kindergarten position at the school interests you. If applicable, share your knowledge of the community and making a difference in it through this role.

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  • 17. What do you know about our school?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer will want to hear that you have done your research on its institution, mission or values, and team. Make sure you share any personal connections you have with the school (staff, etc.)

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  • 18. What would you consider a successful year as a kindergarten teacher?

      How to Answer

      Provide an answer that shares how you measure success as a teacher.

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  • 19. What was your best moment as a student teacher?

      How to Answer

      Provide a specific example that highlights a positive experience as a student teacher. Now is your opportunity to highlight on details of student teaching and meaningful take aways from working with young students in the classroom.

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  • 20. How would you react if a child accidentally urinated in the classroom?

      How to Answer

      Provide the interviewer with an answer that shows you have thought through an incident. Here is a great moment to showcase how you work through challenges in the classroom. Take the chance to share your advanced problem-solving skills.

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  • 21. What makes you the best kindergarten teacher available?

      How to Answer

      You will want to articulate what separates you from the other candidates interviewing to be a kindergarten teacher. Now is your opportunity to shine and boast about any relevant credentials you have. Take the opportunity to speak confidently and brag about what you bring to the table.

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  • 22. What was the most important thing you learned as a student teacher?

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      The interviewer will be interested in take aways from your learning experience as s student teacher. Now is your opportunity to highlight on details of student teaching and meaningful take aways from working with young students in the classroom.

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  • 23. What are your goals as a kindergarten teacher?

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      The interviewer will be interested in goals you have set for your time as a kindergarten teacher. Now is your opportunity to show that you have thought through life as a teacher and planned specific goals for your role/work.

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  • 24. What were some classes you enjoyed taking while in college?

      How to Answer

      You want to provide an answer that gives insight to the subjects you enjoyed while in school, preferably complimentary of that of a teacher.

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  • 25. What frustrates you the most about children?

      How to Answer

      Provide the interviewer with an honest answer and place a positive spin where possible.

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