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40 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 17th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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What do you enjoy most about being a preschool director?
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This is a great opportunity to shine and be yourself! What keeps you waking up each morning and coming back to this job? Now is the time to share it! Be sure to tell the interviewer why you love this part of the job so much as well as how it encourages you to be the best you can be at your profession. Maybe you will mention that you really enjoy leading teachers knowing that they are directly impacting the children and setting them up for success in their lives. Perhaps you will talk about this job making you feel like a kid again! Whatever you love about it, be sure to candidly share it with the interviewer with a big smile on your face.
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1.
What do you enjoy most about being a preschool director?
This is a great opportunity to shine and be yourself! What keeps you waking up each morning and coming back to this job? Now is the time to share it! Be sure to tell the interviewer why you love this part of the job so much as well as how it encourages you to be the best you can be at your profession. Maybe you will mention that you really enjoy leading teachers knowing that they are directly impacting the children and setting them up for success in their lives. Perhaps you will talk about this job making you feel like a kid again! Whatever you love about it, be sure to candidly share it with the interviewer with a big smile on your face.
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How do you stay current on new children's activities, and teaching techniques?
It is always a good idea to talk positively about change. Be sure to only talk about new teaching trends or techniques that you really enjoy or are supportive of to remain positive and show the interviewer that you are completely open to trying new techniques or teaching trends. Describe to the interviewer where you saw, heard, or read about the trend or technique, and give them a little insight about why you like it. Be sure to tell the interviewer about any conferences or workshops you attended where you learned about new trends too! Speak about the educational emails you receive from professional associations, and highlight the fun things you are learning from your teaching friends!
3.
As the director of our facility, how important is a child's safety and what measures would you take to ensure parents that their children are being left and watched in great care?
Safety is of the utmost importance! Tell the interviewer that proper safety is an essential element to directing a preschool. Talk about the need to have age appropriate structural safety rules such as no hitting or no running inside the building. Tell the interviewer that there always needs to be a proper number of adults supervising per number of children present, and each adult must go through a secure background check before being allowed to work with the children. Discuss the need for classrooms to be set up so that there is a main aisle for walking and for spills to be cleaned up right away. Finally, mention that security of the building and school grounds must be monitored, and that the school and parents should talk to preschoolers about 'stranger danger.'
4.
Describe to me your passion for children.
The best answer to this question is to share your heart with the interviewer. Be a real person, and candidly describe the impact schools have on children, how someone positively impacted your life as a child, and how you would like to be that positive impact on other children's lives.
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As a teacher, what activities did you create or implement that saw the most improvement out of your children?
Tell the interviewer that you are always on the look out for great activities that help your children grow! Pick one specific example of an activity that you implemented within the past year. Share how you came up with the idea, what steps you took to implement it, and share a concrete example of how your children improved. You may share a clever idea you found on Pinterest, how you worked with other teachers to develop it & carry it out, and how your children's enjoyment in learning to count to 100 was increased while 96% of the children were able to count to 100 within four days of implementing the activity!
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What qualifies you for this position?
Tell the interviewer your highest level of education completed. Discuss what licensure that you hold, and tell them how many years of experience you have teaching as well as working with children. If you have experience directing a school or supervising a staff, be sure to mention that too!
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Tell me about your education.
At a high level, tell the interviewer where you went to preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, and post-high school. Use this to lead into your favorite season as a student. Maybe you really loved painting and learning how to count to 100 using colored blocks in preschool. Maybe you were always the study guru who loved algebra and couldn't get enough of calculus. Tell the interviewer about how your experience positively shaped who you are today. Perhaps you grew up in a broken home, and it was your teachers who helped you achieve great success in life. Whatever your story is, this is the time to share how it positively impacted where you are today!
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How do you deal with difficult parents?
Most so-called difficult parents are really just parents who care a lot about their children and want their children to succeed in everything. You do excellent with these parents! Explain to the interviewer how you graciously share, with difficult parents, how passionate you are about seeing the children succeed, and you are so glad to hear how passionate they are about their own children. Discuss how this breaks the ice and opens up the door for calm, professional communication with the parents to set their minds at ease.
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What have you found to be the best way to monitor the performance of your work and/or the work of others?
Ongoing communication! The more time you spend talking with your staff, the more open they are with you about how things are truly going in their classroom as well as in other classrooms. With ongoing communication, there is no need to 'monitor' the performance. People openly share performance with you! Be sure to mention that you have learned this allows you to provide ongoing performance feedback instead of waiting for the annual performance review. This way, nobody has any surprises come performance review season!
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Share an example of when you accomplished a goal that was personally challenging.
Interviewers want to hear that you are determined to overcome any challenge that comes your way! What was the last challenging goal you had to achieve at work? Explain the goal at a high level. Share who assigned you the goal, and explain your initial reaction saying, "This might be hard, and I can do this!" Tell the interviewer that you immediately got to work jotting down a plan for how to conquer the goal. Define why the goal was challenging for you, and explain the great plan you came up with to overcome the challenge. Finally, re-iterate that your desire is to conquer your challenges with a positive outlook.
Rachelle's Answer
"This might be hard, and I can do this!"
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