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Preschool Teacher Mock Interview

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

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Discuss a time in which you had to confront a parent about their child's behavior or learning.

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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 want what's best for the child. Think about a time when you were able to speak honestly but empathetically to a parent about their child.

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List of 25 Preschool Teacher Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1.

    Discuss a time in which you had to confront a parent about their child's behavior or learning.

      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 want what's best for the child. Think about a time when you were able to speak honestly but empathetically to a parent about their child.

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      1st 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."

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      Entry Level

      "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."

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      Experienced

      "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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  • 2.

    What is your current salary?

      How to Answer

      A potential employer will often base their offer on your current salary. You should be transparent about your most recent earnings and be prepared to back up any salary requests.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I am currently earning a base salary of $38,000 plus health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."

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      Entry Level

      "As I am a recent graduate, I would like to be offered a fair salary that reflects my recent education. I am most concerned with joining an organization that will help me to grow my teaching career. Compensation is not my primary driver."

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      Experienced

      "I am currently making $50,000 per year with the opportunity to earn a commission based on new enrollment referrals. I am looking for compensation that is aligned with the role and provides an opportunity for growth."

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      Community Answer

      "I am currently earning $11.00 per hour of teaching preschool. I am looking for a competitive salary conducive of my experience in my next position."

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      Your answer will be very helpful to the interviewer, as they can gauge a competitive offer based on your current salary. Another helpful tool, if you are unsure of the going rate for a preschool teacher in your region, is payscale.com

  • 3.

    How many days were you absent from work last year?

      How to Answer

      A part of being a diligent teacher is to ensure that you are always on time and present when expected. It's great to be consistently early, to prep your classroom for the day, rather than just showing up right on the dot. Talk to the interviewer about your attendance.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I had zero unexcused absences last year. In total, I took 12 vacation days out of my 15 allotted days. I was sick for just two days. Those days, I had a note from my doctor, and I found a substitute teacher within sufficient time."

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      Entry Level

      "I did not miss a single day of class last year, and I plan to bring that same level of dedication and diligence to my career."

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      Experienced

      "I think I missed ten days, counting vacation time. If I am ever sick, I am sure to provide a doctor's note and have a substitute teacher in place."

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      Community Answer

      "I was absent a total of 5 days due to illness. I love my job a lot and do not like to miss work."

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      I really like that you added in the fact that you do not like to miss work. Great answer!

  • 4.

    How often do you take work home with you?

      How to Answer

      The majority of teachers will work overtime hours or take work home with them on occasion. Talk to the interviewer about how frequently to take your work home.

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    How do you like to encourage ideas in other teachers?

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      The interviewer would like to know how you have encouraged others to think creatively. Encouragement to others is a great skill to possess. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to promote creative ideas in your fellow teachers.

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    How do you deal with stressful situations in the workplace?

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      Ah, the challenge of stress management! Your ability to manage stress will directly influence your ability to do your job successfully. Before answering this question, think of some ways you have learned to deal with stress at work. As a preschool teacher, you can't always take a break when you need it, so what will you do?

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  • 7.

    What causes you to feel dissatisfied on the job?

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      A good employer will go out of their way to get to know what motivates you, and what keeps you happy. Everyone will have the particular triggers that cause them to feel dissatisfaction on the job. Talk to the interviewer about any factors that may deflate or discourage you in the workplace.

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    What experience have you had with students from culturally diverse backgrounds?

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      The interviewer would like to know that you are accustomed to working with a broad range of people. Share your experiences with students from culturally diverse backgrounds. Diversity can include children of different ethnic, religious, or socioeconomic backgrounds.

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  • 9.

    Do you have your CDA (Child Development Associate) Certificate?

      How to Answer

      Your answer can be a simple yes or no; however, you need to come prepared for the interview with proof of certification. Be sure to include your setting, age-level endorsement, and specialization.

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    Do you have valid First Aid and CPR Certification?

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      Your answer can be a simple yes or no; however, you should come prepared for the interview with proof of certification. If you require any upgrading, you are best to address this before the interviewer does.

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  • 11.

    Do you have a list of books you would enjoy reading to your class?

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      There is no right or wrong answer here, just your preferences. As a preschool teacher, you likely have your favorite resources, so it should not be difficult for you to list these off-hand. It's a great idea to ask the interviewer if there are any favorite books and resources used at their childcare center. You never know what you will learn!

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  • 12.

    How would you describe your teaching style?

      How to Answer

      Your specific teaching style will determine whether you are a fit for this preschool or not. Before going to your interview, you must research and be sure that their method is meant for you as well. If you are applying to a Montessori based program yet believe that teachers should remain the center of the learning environment, you may not find this role to be the best fit. Be honest about your teaching style and have the confidence to ask if your style is what they seek.

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  • 13.

    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!

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    What do you enjoy the most about working with young children?

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      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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    What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good preschool teacher?

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      The interviewer wants to know the attributes that you value most in a preschool teacher. List a few characteristics that you feel are most valuable for a preschool teacher to possess, and be sure to comment on how those relate to your strengths.

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    Have you progressed in your teaching career as you have expected?

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      Career progression can be a touchy subject, especially if you feel that your career hasn't progressed as well as you would have liked. Talk to the interviewer about your career progression and what you would like to see in the future.

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    If you couldn't be a preschool teacher, what else would you be doing?

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      The interviewer would like to know what other career interests you may have. A hiring manager will be able to tell a lot about your personality by learning about your other career interests. If you could do anything over, what would you do, and why?

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    What defines success for you as a preschool teacher?

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      The interviewer realizes that success will take on a different meaning for each person. They are looking for an honest and well-thought answer. Discuss what gives you a feeling of pride and accomplishment. Your answer could be something big or small! There is no incorrect response here.

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    How did you get along with the director and owners of the last child care center?

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      When you answer this question, remain positive, even if the experience wasn't. Avoid talking about any previous drama and do not speak poorly of your employer. Keep your answer short and respectful.

      If you had a good relationship with your previous director: 'I had a very healthy relationship with my previous employer. She was easy to approach, and we would bounce ideas off of each other quite often. I would sum it up as a relationship lead by strong mutual respect.'

      If you did not have a good relationship with your previous director: "I have had healthier relationships in the past with previous employers, but we did the best that we could. Our communication styles were very different, which made it challenging at times."

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    Why do you believe you are the best preschool teacher for us?

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      This question is another way of asking, 'Why should we hire you?' When it comes to hiring decisions, the preschool center will choose the educator that they believe will help them to solve a problem or reach their goals. By clearly discussing how you will meet their needs, you are positioning yourself as the top choice for this preschool teaching opportunity.

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    How will you instruct students with varying abilities?

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      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.

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    Tell me about your curriculum plans for 4 year olds.

      How to Answer

      Studies show that play is the best way for 4-year-olds to learn. Take the interviewer through some of the activities you include in your curriculum. You do not need to verbally go through the ins and outs of your entire curriculum plan; however, if you have a paper or digital example, you are encouraged to bring this with you to the interview.

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    What do you believe is the most important thing a young child can learn?

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      How you answer this question will show the interviewer where you will put the most emphasis on your lessons. There is no right or wrong answer; however, you will want to visit the preschool center's website to learn more about their mission statement and goals. Let's say that the childcare website has a mission statement that says, 'Our commitment is to inspire each child to find their way, be adaptive, help those around them, and enjoy the journey.' Through this research, you will know how to personalize your response.

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    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.

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    Why do you want to work at our childcare center?

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      You must research the childcare center before your interview. When the interviewer asks this question, you need to have a unique answer that goes deeper than the information you find on the home page of their website. Take a look at any community involvement, news reports, or online reviews, and form your reply from that data. If you have a personal attachment to the center, such as being the parent of a child who attended preschool there, it is excellent to mention this as well.

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