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Top 40 Preschool Director Interview Questions

Question 1 of 40
Why did you choose to pursue a career as a Preschool Director?
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Question 2 of 40
How do you stay current on new children's activities, and teaching techniques?
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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!
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Question 3 of 40
What have you found to be the best way to monitor the performance of your work and/or the work of others?
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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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Question 4 of 40
How do you deal with difficult parents?
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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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Question 5 of 40
Tell me about your education.
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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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Question 6 of 40
What qualifies you for this position?
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Question 7 of 40
As a teacher, what activities did you create or implement that saw the most improvement out of your children?
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Question 8 of 40
Describe to me your passion for children.
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Question 9 of 40
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?
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Question 10 of 40
Share an example of when you accomplished a goal that was personally challenging.
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Question 11 of 40
How would others describe you?
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Question 12 of 40
What do you enjoy most about being a preschool director?
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Question 13 of 40
Describe a time when your ethics were challenged.
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Question 14 of 40
How do you evaluate the productivity of your staff?
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Question 15 of 40
Tell me about the last time you oversaw the work of someone else. How did you effectively motivate, develop, and direct the worker?
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Question 16 of 40
Provide an experience that demonstrates your ability to manage time effectively.
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Question 17 of 40
How do you handle performance reviews? Tell me about a difficult one.
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Question 18 of 40
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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Question 19 of 40
Are you trustworthy?
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Question 20 of 40
Provide an example of a time when you were able to demonstrate excellent listening skills. What was the situation and outcome?
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Question 21 of 40
Professionally, in what areas would you most like to develop?
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Question 22 of 40
Tell me about your last experience recruiting, interviewing, or hiring an employee.
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Question 23 of 40
Describe an improvement you personally initiated.
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Question 24 of 40
Give an example of a time when you had to be relatively quick in coming to a decision.
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Question 25 of 40
Are you efficient with your time?
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Question 26 of 40
Are you a natural leader?
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Question 27 of 40
What would your current coworkers say about you?
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Question 28 of 40
What do you like least about being a preschool director?
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Question 29 of 40
How do you handle stressful situations?
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Question 30 of 40
Share an example of when you went above and beyond the call of duty.
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Question 31 of 40
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
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Question 32 of 40
What is your greatest strength?
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Question 33 of 40
What skills do you think are most critical to this job?
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Question 34 of 40
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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Question 35 of 40
Share an experience in which you successfully assisted a teacher in solving a difficult problem with a student's progress.
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Question 36 of 40
Tell me how you organize, plan, and prioritize your work.
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Question 37 of 40
What kind of work environment do you thrive in?
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Question 38 of 40
What do you know about our organization?
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Question 39 of 40
What personal characteristics do you think add to your overall effectiveness?
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Question 40 of 40
What are your career goals?
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About Preschool Director

June 18th, 2017

A preschool director is an administrator who in charge of creating policies, managing staff and preschool enrollments, and monitoring everyday operations at the preschool. They may also take classes when necessary.
This is a highly responsible position that requires formal education and relevant state license. Most preschool directors have completed their master's degree in early childhood education or a related field. They may work in public or private preschool settings. Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills, along with a strong understanding of early childhood development and behavior are all essential attributes in this role.
Prospective employers looking for a preschool director will usually conduct a more rigorous interview than usual. They will want to make sure that you have a clean criminal record and that your principles align with theirs when it comes to caring for preschool children and interacting with their parents. One of the many questions you can expect to be asked is your view on punishing preschool children. How you answer these questions is key to getting hired as a preschool director. Mock Questions has put together several commonly asked questions at preschool director interviews. Check them out and ponder over how you will reply before going for the interview.

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