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Preschool Teacher Interview Questions

25 Preschool Teacher Interview Questions
Question 1 of 25
How do you encourage a misbehaving child to pay attention to the task at hand?
How to Answer
Since you are a well-educated individual in the field of early childhood development and education, this answer should come very quickly to you. If you have a particular method or even a specific example, be sure to discuss this.

This question is open-ended so be careful to avoid rambling. Keep your answer to the point. It's also a great idea to ask the interviewer which method they encourage in these instances. Their reply will help you to determine further whether their childcare center is a fit for you.

Answer Example
"I believe that all children are inherently good, and they want to behave, but there may be a variety of factors causing their lack of attention. I use the respect, respond, reciprocate method when working with misbehaving children. It's been shown that children respond best to adults they trust and to which they have an attachment. Kids gain attachment through consistently positive responses and feedback. So, I respect their feelings, they respond through trusting me, and I reciprocate the trust by not micromanaging or disciplining them, but by guiding them gently."
Entry Level Example
"Here are some ways to encourage a misbehaving child to pay attention: - Ask them to help you complete a hands-on task - Be a guide versus a disciplinarian. If they trust you, they will respond more positively - Give positive reinforcement when they do behave such as a smile or clapping for them - Prevent scenarios where misbehaving is an option. Remove temptation! - Meet them at their level when talking to them. Crouch down and don't yell from across a room - Rather than a time-out space, create an alternative learning space that is quieter "
Experienced Example
"I have found that many times when a child is misbehaving it is because they are experiencing sensory overload. For that reason, I create multiple "time-in" spaces where a child can choose a quieter corner in the room with a pillow and a book, or a small table with an age-appropriate puzzle. They are welcome to come back into the group when they are ready. This method reinforces their right to learn, at a pace on their own, if they aren't feeling the group setting that day. Could you share with me your methods for encouraging distracted students?"
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Question 2 of 25
How will you instruct students with varying abilities?
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How to Answer
The interviewer wants to know that you can adapt your teaching style, and pace, to a variety of student needs and learning abilities. Demonstrate your ability to modify the same material to a range of competencies.

Answer Example
"I pace the section I'm teaching based on the student's ability and receptiveness. For instance, if a student has stronger art skills they typically tend to need less reading and writing assistance, so I spend more time working on science or math-based games with them. I want to make them feel like the class is suited to their abilities rather than forcing them to "
Entry Level Example
"Here are some suggestions for instructing students with varying abilities: - Practice differentiated teaching and create a plan for each student with differing abilities -Tweak your content to include more visuals for those students who are visual learners - Offer more opportunities for hands-on learning - Include more group discussions where students can openly ask questions - Encourage educational support at home by involving the parents "
Experienced Example
"I have noticed there can be a big difference between students who come from a learning-centered home. Often I get a handful of students who already know how to write their name, count to 10 in French, and know some geography. Then, I have students who love just to watch cartoons and make fart jokes. It all comes out in the wash. Kids are kids, and if you have a fun curriculum that keeps them engaged, they all tend to stay with the group. If a disability is potentially present, I will certainly bring up the concern to my program director who would then take the necessary steps."
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Question 3 of 25
Discuss a time in which you had to confront a parent about their child's behavior or learning.
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How to Answer
Confrontation is challenging. Parents can get defensive about their children or be in denial about their children's struggles. In the end, both you and the parent wants what's best for the child. Think about a time when you were able to speak honestly but lovingly, and empathetically, to a parent about his or her child.

Answer Example
"One of my students would constantly disrupt class by distracting other students or refusing to participate in any activities. A few weeks after this behavior continued, I held a parent-teacher meeting and told the parent that while their child was bright and creative, I was concerned that she might be having some trouble focusing. We made a plan together which included a lower sugar breakfast, more sleep, and a more disciplined schedule overall."
Entry Level Example
"As I am new to my career as a preschool teacher I have not yet needed to speak to a parent regarding child-related concerns. I realize this would be a touchy subject handled with great care and empathy. I look forward to learning from such skilled directors, here, and emulating their problem-solving skills when it comes to parent communication."
Experienced Example
"In my nine years of experience as a preschool teacher I have had many uncomfortable, but much needed, conversations with parents of students. I always start by genuinely complimenting their child. I then make a recommendation for improvement and growth and immediately provide resources to support this request at home. For instance last week the conversation went something like, 'I must say that I greatly appreciate Samantha's participation when it comes to dancing, painting, and other art based activities. She is certainly a creative force in our classroom! I would like to discuss how we can better support her interest in reading and language arts. For that reason, I have created a list of educational apps you can download on your tablet, to pique her interest further. Also, here is a list of age-appropriate books that she may enjoy reading. Could we work together for the next month and regroup to discuss her progress?' This method of coaching works for me every time because it's collaborative, non-blaming, and non-invasive."
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Question 4 of 25
How important is communication between you and the parents of your students?
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Of course, as a preschool teacher, you know that clear communication between school and home is imperative. Talk to the interviewer about the ways that you ensure clear communication, at all times. This answer can be to the point but be sure to reinforce the fact that you have excellent written and verbal, communication skills. If you have a real-life example, that's great too!

Answer Example
"Communication is incredibly important and I make extra efforts to ensure that the parents of my students are aware of the day-to-day activities in our classroom. When communication is clear, expectations are addressed and this leaves less opportunity for crossed wires."
Entry Level Example
"Here are some ways that you can communicate with the parents of students: - Send notes home in an agenda - Have a classroom only Twitter account and encourage parents to join - Send out regular e-newsletters - Use an app like ClassDojo to keep communication fun between teachers and parents - Meet the parents at the door during pickup and drop off every day "
Experienced Example
"I have come to find that clear communication between myself and the parents is non-negotiable. I meet communication expectations by asking all of my students' parents to join the app, ClassDojo, as well as our private Twitter account. I send out daily updates on each platform as well as a monthly e-newsletter which offers a more comprehensive overview of the happenings in our classroom, and what's to come."
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Question 5 of 25
What do you enjoy the most about working with young children?
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Question 6 of 25
What do you believe is the most important thing a young child can learn?
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Question 7 of 25
What defines success for you as a preschool teacher?
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Question 8 of 25
What is your current salary?
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Question 9 of 25
How many days were you absent from work last year?
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Question 10 of 25
How often do you take work home with you?
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First written on: 10/27/2014
Last modified on: 08/30/2018

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How do you like to encourage ideas in other teachers?
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Question 12 of 25
How do you deal with stressful situations in the workplace?
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Question 13 of 25
What causes you to feel dissatisfied on the job?
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Question 14 of 25
What experience have you had with students from culturally diverse backgrounds?
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Question 15 of 25
Do you have your CDA (Child Development Associate) Certificate?
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Question 16 of 25
Do you have valid First Aid and CPR Certification?
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Question 17 of 25
Do you have a list of books you would enjoy reading to your class?
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Question 18 of 25
How would you describe your teaching style?
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Question 19 of 25
What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good preschool teacher?
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Question 20 of 25
Have you progressed in your teaching career as you have expected?
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Question 21 of 25
If you couldn't be a preschool teacher, what else would you be doing?
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Question 22 of 25
How did you get along with the director and owners of the last child care center?
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Question 23 of 25
Why do you believe you are the best preschool teacher for us?
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Question 24 of 25
Tell me about your curriculum plans for 4 year olds.
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Why do you want to work at our childcare center?
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About Preschool Teacher

August 18th, 2018

Preschool Teachers help foster a young child's mind with learning and creativity. Preschool Teachers typically teach and provide child care for children aged 3 to 5.

Preschool teachers will create a stimulating environment with their upbeat, positive energy that engages a children's learning desire. They will also help fulfill the emotional needs of children. Communicating with parents and understanding the needs of the children are important tools a preschool teacher needs to possess. Most childcare learning centers will require a certain amount of early child educational credits or an associates degree.

Preschool Teachers should begin their interview preparation by researching the childcare center and the core values of that center. After identifying how the center wants to promote growth with their children, write down how your skills match their values. Here are some practice interview questions: Describe your passion for children. Why are you the best preschool teacher for our center? If a child has a biting problem, how would you handle that? What type of goals do you want to have when you are communicating with parents? For more interview questions, browse our site, Mockquestions.com.

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