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Preschool Teacher Interview

25 Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on August 30th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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Question 1 of 25
How do you encourage a misbehaving child to pay attention to the task at hand?
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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.

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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.

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.

Question 4 of 25
How important is communication between you and the parents of your students?
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How to Answer
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!

Question 5 of 25
What do you enjoy the most about working with young children?
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How to Answer
The interviewer wants to know that you have a genuine passion for working with young children. You can add a personal touch to your answer by talking about your education, your children, or perhaps the fact that working around young kids keeps you young at heart. Whatever drives you, be sure to let your passion for this career path shine through.

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Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 10/27/2014
Last modified on: 08/30/2018

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