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Top 25 Preschool Teacher Interview Questions

Question 1 of 25
How do you handle discipline?
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I would have classroom rules set up and use positive discipline ( praise, prizes, group rewards) to handle issues that arise. I would also use problem solving techniques so that the children can learn to handle problems as they arise.
Question 2 of 25
If a child refuses to learn, or is acting like a brat, what steps will you take so the child will pay attention?
User-Submitted Answers
Distraction. Add fun. Time outs.
Redirecting, positive reinforcement.
A teacher should follow a the child's lead and interest teacher should ask the child what they would like to do different.
I would first try to figure out what the child's learning style is. I would try to use different styles of learning that work for all children so that behavior problems do not arise. If for example I was having story time and a child keeps interrupting I might say " Clap your hands if you hear me" or I might start singing a song. I could also say " we are listening to a story about - - -, children who are ready to listen look at the picture in this book.
Question 3 of 25
If a parent was being difficult, how would you handle their complaints?
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Give them to the director, was told not to handle parents.
Listen to the parent. Let them know that you are on their side and that you can work problems out. Your goal is to help their child succeed. Keep good records that show when problems with their child arise and document them. Contact parents as soon as problems happen. Let the director help .
Question 4 of 25
How do you know if a child is developing skills appropriately?
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Theres a list in my textbook. Check reference.
Children can be screened based on their age.
Assessments and observations of the child during daily interaction and class play time.

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Question 5 of 25
Tell me about your early childhood education. How do you feel that has prepared you for a role as a preschool teacher?
User-Submitted Answers
I graduated from Kennesaw State College in 1998 where I earned my BA in Early Elementary Education. I worked at a preschool for over a year while I was attending college. I am currently raising four daughters and I have helped in the preschool programs at my church for 10 plus years. I also recently worked at Jump 4 Joy KS where I worked closely with preschool age children.
Question 6 of 25
How important is communication between you and the parents?
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Sticker chart. Show parent the chart.
At the beginning of the year I can send out a newsletter that will tell that parents about myself, my teaching philosophy and what we will be doing at the beginning of the year. During parent-teacher conferences and as needed can meet to discuss any questions. Website with newsletter.
Question 7 of 25
How do you handle children with behavioral problems in class?
User-Submitted Answers
Pull them aside and talking to them or giving time outs. Writing them up; sent them to office.
Offer positive alternatives to negative behaviors. Always reward positive behavior.Be consistent.
Question 8 of 25
What do you enjoy the most about working with young children?
User-Submitted Answers
How happy they make me feel; seeing them learn and grow.
They are so loving and fun. I enjoy the excitement of seeing them experience something new.
Question 9 of 25
What defines success for you as a preschool teacher?
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My children being happy and smiling and knowing they succeeded.
If my kids go home feeling like they were able to express themselves socially and creatively.
Question 10 of 25
What do you believe is the most important thing a young child can learn?
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Sharing; why? have to use it in life and if not causes fighting. Social skills.
How to work well with others.
Question 11 of 25
How did you get along with the director and owners of the last child care center?
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Really good. They offered my job back but.
Question 12 of 25
Tell me about your passion for working with children.
Question 13 of 25
Do you have a list of books you would enjoy reading to your class?
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Good night moon is my favorite book. Dr. Seuss. I love you forever. Age-appropriate workbooks.
Question 14 of 25
How would you describe your teaching style?
Question 15 of 25
Why do you want to work at our childcare center?
User-Submitted Answers
Bright and colorful, chldren are happy here;
Question 16 of 25
Tell me about your curriculum plans for 4 year olds.
Question 17 of 25
Why do you believe you are the best preschool teacher for us?
User-Submitted Answers
Have certificates, have experience, gentle, patient, etc.
Question 18 of 25
What do you know about our childcare center?
Question 19 of 25
How can you illustrate to me your dependability?
User-Submitted Answers
Agree to schedule make sure i;m there; good attendance.
Question 20 of 25
What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good preschool teacher?
User-Submitted Answers
To be patient, respectful, responsible, organized, gentle, and outgoing.
Question 21 of 25
How would you handle a difficult behavior situation?
Question 22 of 25
If you become unhappy at our childcare center, how would you discuss that with the director?
Question 23 of 25
Have you ever had a conflict with another teacher? How did you two resolve the issue?
User-Submitted Answers
No. Talking nicely to the other teacher away from the children, then go to director.
Question 24 of 25
If you couldn't be a preschool teacher, what else would you be doing?
User-Submitted Answers
Assistant teacher or a vet tech.
Question 25 of 25
When have you collaborated on a new teaching lesson with other teachers?

About Preschool Teacher

January 31st, 2017

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,

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