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To help you prepare for your Principal interview, here are 27 interview questions and answer examples.

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Tell me about your education.

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The interviewer wants to learn more about your path to becoming a principal. Share the journey of your formal education and any other trainings or certifications you've acquired along the way. It wouldn't hurt to share any resources you use to stay on top of current trends, programs, or ideologies in education to demonstrate your desire to always be learning and growing.

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27 Principal Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. Tell me about your education.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to learn more about your path to becoming a principal. Share the journey of your formal education and any other trainings or certifications you've acquired along the way. It wouldn't hurt to share any resources you use to stay on top of current trends, programs, or ideologies in education to demonstrate your desire to always be learning and growing.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on July 11th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "I attended undergrad at UCLA and earned my degree in Special Education. From there, I began teaching and six years later, I earned my master's degree in Educational Leadership from Marquette University. For the past three years, I've served as assistant principal and earned by IB certification. As part of my commitment to being a lifelong learner, I enroll in a summer college course every few years, leverage my community of friends in school leadership, meet with my mentor, and do a lot of reading."

      Written by Audra Kresinske on July 11th, 2021

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      "I earned my undergraduate degree in Music Education from Kansas City, Kansas Community College, and Florida A&M University. After graduation, I taught for a semester at FAMU and later pursued my master's in music education at Florida State University. I taught music education in middle and high school for four and five years, respectively. I earned my certification in Educational Leadership while teaching in high school and later became an assistant principal at the high school level for four years. I continued my commitment to lifelong learning by becoming an intern principal and later Principal at the middle school level. I earned my Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership in 2017. I continued my education by attending reading and math training, standards-based instruction workshops, teacher observation training, and a superintendent's Training academy."

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      Great answer! You do a wonderful job of explaining all the education you have and how you went about obtaining it. Consider ending your response with a sentence that ties everything together by stating how you believe your educational background makes you the perfect fit for this role. Excellent job!

  • 2. Tell me about yourself.

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      This is a classic interview question that you should expect and prepare for. The interviewer wants to a chance to get to know you both personally and professionally. Provide some background information on your education and career and tell them a little bit about your life outside of work. Allow the interviewer a little glimpse into your life and who you are.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I taught for 14 years at two different schools ever since I graduated from ABC college. I earned a Master's degree in Educational Leadership while teaching and became an Assistance Principal three years ago. I have loved being on the leadership team side of things and have learned so much from my team and the principal that I work directly with. She has really helped develop me and challenge me because she knew I wanted to work my way to a principal position. I absolutely love working in education and seeing the impact that education can have on a child, a family, and a community. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three children who are involved in various activities. We are very active and love to travel and explore."

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  • 3. Can you describe a mistake you have made before and how you addressed it?

      How to Answer

      We've all made mistakes at work. Take a moment to think about a time you made the wrong decision, what the consequence was because of it, and how you self-corrected or learned from the experience. It would be best to share a minor mistake or a mistake that was made due to lack of experience versus a mistake that caused a lot of trouble.

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      "A few years ago, I was teaching at a new school, and I didn't have all the answers about parent/teacher conferences. I mistakenly told a few parents in my class some misinformation. I should have waited to relay the information until I knew all the details, but I wanted to get the information to them as quickly as I could. When I realized my mistake, I quickly emailed all of the students' parents in my class, informed them of my error, and let them know of the updated information. I am now more hesitant to relay information unless I am sure of all the details."

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  • 4. What have you done in the past year to better yourself as a Principal?

      How to Answer

      Just as teachers are constantly trying to learn and develop, principals should be doing the same in order to lead well. Consider what you are already doing to become a more influential leader and learn more about the world of education to benefit your school. It is also great to mention what you plan on doing to continue to learn and grow professionally.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "This past year, I have reviewed previous books I read on Instructional Leadership, including "Leverage Leadership" Driven by Data" and What Great Principals Do Differently" I have attended training on standards-based instruction for reading and math and related strategies for small group instruction. As an adjunct professor, I teach an instructional leadership class for aspiring leaders that focuses on the role of the instructional leader in improving student learning and meeting students' needs through data analysis and developing instructional improvement strategies to improve classroom performance and student learning. I also mentor sitting principals and assistant principals."

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      Awesome! Any interviewer will be impressed by the many ways you have strived to improve yourself professionally over the past year. Perhaps just include a sentence or two that spells out how reading certain books, attending training, teaching about instructional leadership, and mentoring others have improved your abilities as a principal. Have you changed how you do anything professionally based on what these experiences and learnings have taught you?

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  • 5. How will you ensure that staff members continue to grow as professionals?

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      Teaching is a career field in which continued professional development is always necessary. With technology moving so quickly and the world becoming more and more competitive, it is crucial to keep up with new methods and ideologies in the classroom. As the leader of the school, you will be in charge of seeking out and implementing professional development opportunities. Teachers appreciate being asked as to what kind of development they could use, so it is not a bad idea to communicate that you would seek staff feedback in order to best plan development.

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  • 6. How would you resolve a conflict between two upset teachers in your school?

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      While this is something you hope you won't see much of as principal, conflicts are inevitable in the work place. As principal, you need to have good conflict resolution skills to fairly work out disagreements. At the end of the day, a school is still a professional environment, and everyone should be held accountable to acting like adults and treating others with respect. If asked this question, be sure to state how you would go about settling the issue and reinforcing an environment of teamwork, respect, and collaboration.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on July 11th, 2021

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      "If a conflict between two teachers came to my attention, I would immediately meet with both teachers separately to confirm a conflict exists and hear each person's point of view. If there were independent witnesses to the conflict, I would confidentially seek their input. Once I understand the conflict, I would facilitate a combined meeting with both teachers. To work toward a resolution, I would establish mediation ground rules for the meeting. Once the ground rules are established, I would begin the conversation by allowing each person to share their side of the story, after which I would share my perspective and encourage them to lay the conflict to rest. I would remind both teachers of the professional code of ethics and the district's and my expectations for professional behavior."

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      Excellent. This is a strong answer that shows you're fully capable of helping others resolve conflicts. Consider talking about a specific example of a time when you successfully resolved a conflict as this will make your answer even more memorable and meaningful to the interviewer. Great job!

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  • 7. Do you manage your time well?

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      The clear answer here is 'yes', but the interviewer will want to know how you go about managing your time to maximize the time you spend at school during working hours. Consider how you manage all of your various responsibilities, what tools you use to assist you, and what keeps your school team running like a well oiled machine. Effective leaders use their time wisely; share the tips and tricks you've learned over the years to keep on top of your responsibilities.

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      "Yes. The time I spend in school is utilized effectively. I review my calendar the day before and early in the morning before I go to work. This strategy assists me in planning for the day's activities. I check in daily with my secretary to review my to-do list and meet with my leadership team to ensure they are on top of their delegated responsibilities and make adjustments if necessary. I set aside time in my daily calendar before and after school to read my emails, return calls, and catch up on any other work I need to do."

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      Great! It sounds like you know how to manage your time well. In addition to everything you have mentioned, consider also discussing goal-setting, prioritizing, and setting time limits for tasks if any are applicable to you and how you manage your time. Nice job!

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  • 8. How do you stay organized?

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      A highly effective principal must remain organized, both personally and professionally. You probably have several methods that work best for you. Consider sharing how you prioritize items, how you organize your weeks and your days, how you remember key to-dos, and how you utilize your team to ensure everything gets done. There are lots of apps and programs that you could mention, just make sure you are able to communicate how you keep yourself and your team organized on a daily basis.

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      "I keep a personal and professional daily calendar on my phone using outlook. I read my emails daily before and after work to ensure I stay on schedule and up to date on district and school concerns. I meet daily with my secretary for my professional calendar and to-do list and have all my one-on-one meetings scheduled through her. I meet weekly with my administrative team to discuss and prioritize to-do lists and ensure all school safety, parent conferences, leadership, faculty, academic coaches, and department and team meetings are scheduled weekly, biweekly, or monthly on outlook and disseminated to all stakeholders."

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      Wow! It definitely sounds like you have multiple processes and tools in place to ensure you stay organized. Your response also does a great job of reminding the interviewer of the many events, activities, and departments you're involved in overseeing and organizing. To tie everything together, consider ending your answer with a statement to the effect of 'Over the years, I've developed multiple ways to stay organized which have been crucial to my success in managing so many different areas effectively. I look forward to continuing to evolve and improve my organizational methods as time goes on.'

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  • 9. How did you cope with stress at school?

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      Even if you have never served as principal before, you've likely dealt with stress at work. Share some strategies that have worked for you to cope with stress at work. You may also want to share what you do outside of work that brings you joy and helps keep your stress level manageable. The most successful leaders are able to manage their emotions and deal well with stress, so be sure to communicate your plan to do just that.

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      "I firmly believe it is essential to release stress at the end of the day by exercising and unwinding with a good book, my favorite movie, or a television program. I also find yard work relaxing. Separation from the stress of work is essential for mental health. Prior planning helps me stay ahead of my work schedule and prevents me from putting things off. Keeping a level head on the job is essential. As the school leader, I set the tone, and all stakeholders look to me for guidance. I have to remain on top of my game and encourage those I lead to find ways of releasing stress that helps them do the same."

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      You sound like such a great leader! :) It also sounds like you have established multiple ways to manage the stress that inevitably shows up in your professional life. Mentioning the stress relievers you partake in at home will help the interviewer get to know you better on a personal level (which they will find interesting and memorable). You might also talk about prioritizing and breaking big projects down into smaller manageable tasks if these are also ways you manage stress at school. Excellent response!

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  • 10. Do you work well under pressure?

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      If this is a strength of yours, be sure to share it and even include an example of a time you worked well under a decent amount of stress. Don't hold back! Share what you are capable of and how you manage stressful times. If working under pressure is not a strength, share that you are developing in this area and list some things that help you through. Consider sharing how you relieve stress and how you are able to get through stressful times.

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      "Yes, I work well under pressure. Principals have to be skilled in multiple areas and learn to handle various responsibilities. As a result, I deal with safety issues, student, parent, and staff concerns, as well as community issues. At a moment's notice, I may be called to address a school emergency while at the same time dealing with a pending student disciplinary issue or staffing conflict. I remain calm under pressure knowing that I have a highly competent staff trained to deal with emergencies and provide the necessary support when needed. Additionally, we practice emergency and safety drills each month and run through school scenarios to keep our response skills sharp. I stay grounded by seeking spiritual guidance, consulting with colleagues, taking care of myself outside work by exercising, and spending time with loved ones."

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      Excellent. You come across as someone who stays calm and composed during moments of high stress. It's great that you mention some stress relievers you rely on, in addition to reminding the interviewer of all the things you have to handle, sometimes simultaneously. You also briefly touch on how you manage high-pressure situations (delegating, running drills) - feel free to add to this list. If possible, talk about a specific example of a time when you successfully managed a lot of stress. Giving a more specific example will further strengthen your answer. Great job!

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  • 11. How did you deal with upset parents whose child complained about you?

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      As principal, you will never be able to please everyone. There will be times when staff, parents, and students are upset with you because of some decision you had to make. When a parent is upset, it is best to listen to them, explain why you acted the way you did or made the decision you made, and move on. There is no use arguing back and forth, especially if you were just doing your job. If necessary, you can offer a simple apology, and maybe down the road call home with a positive message about the child.

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  • 12. How did you deal with lazy students?

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      Be sure to keep in mind that students are often deemed 'lazy' when really, it is something else entirely that is at play. There are several reasons students avoid tasks or distract themselves; often they are bored, craving attention, or have reached their frustration level and have shut down. Consider changing the language of this question to reveal that you are mindful of students' experiences and behavior and that you can effectively implement strategies to motivate students to perform their very best. Instead of writing a student off or immediately issuing a consequence, consider some intervention strategies you can try to re-engage the student.

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "Often, when I observe students seeming disinterested, I try to remember that sometimes the source of their frustration is beyond what I can immediately see. My experience has been students' unacceptable behaviors are often a cry for help. Is it a learning disorder, trouble at home, teacher-student relationship, etc. Understanding this, my approach is to pull the student aside and talk with them confidentially to try and understand the source of their misbehavior. Depending on the severity of the situation, I contact the student's parents, guidance counselor, classroom teachers, and, if necessary social worker to see if this is a pattern of behavior. I also refer the student to Response to Invention for additional support if necessary. I'm going to exhaust all options to ensure the student is successful."

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      Excellent! Your response shows that you have an established approach and procedure in place for handling students who appear to be lazy. Is there a specific example you can cite of a child who didn't want to put any effort in that you were successful in helping? This would further strengthen your answer. Great job!

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  • 13. What do you think is the most important task of the principal?

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      A principal has all kinds of duties and responsibilities. Of all of the roles they play, consider what is the most important to be an effective leader. Make sure to review the job posting to determine what the school considers the most important task of the principal. Be sure to echo something from the job posting that also aligns with your beliefs in terms of effective leadership.

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      "My top priority is the safety and welfare of my students and staff to create a learning environment that leads to improving student achievement. Lezotte's first and second-generation correlates emphasize that school safety and a cooperative learning environment for all students with adults modeling cooperative behaviors and encouraging students to do the same to help each other is essential to students moving forward academically. Establishing a Leaning for all foundational environments leads to building on the other correlates of a climate of high expectations for success, instructional leadership, a clear and focused mission, opportunity to learn and student time on task, frequent monitoring of student progress, and home school relations."

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      The interviewer will appreciate that your top priority is the safety and welfare of your students and staff and establishing a learning environment that supports student achievement. Who is Lezotte and should you clarify this so the interviewer fully follows your answer? Can you also personalize your answer a bit more by discussing specifically how you ensure the safety and well-being of your charges at school? In your experience has this led to a learning environment that supports students?

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  • 14. What qualifies you for this position?

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      Even if you have never served as principal before, more than likely you have spent numerous years in the classroom. Don't sell yourself short; you have acquired all sorts of knowledge about the school community, school leadership, and what is best for students. You have developed your teaching philosophy and know what makes an effective leader. Even if your experience is limited, share your experience and your vision for what a school could be. Share why you are committed to doing your very best for the sake of the school and all who rely on it.

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  • 15. What made you choose to pursue a career as a Principal?

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      Your answer here should reveal your passion for the job. Share a little bit of your background and what led you to the realization that you wanted to become a principal. Tell the interviewer about your passion for leadership and supporting students and teachers to success.

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      "I have wanted to be a teacher since I was in seventh grade. I had several middle and high school teachers who were great role models for me. As a result of their influence, I went to college and pursued a career in education. After my fourth year of teaching, I was encouraged to go into administration but declined because I love the classroom. I loved working with students and adults, and I guess it showed. I was elected teacher of the year at two different schools. Two years later, after becoming Department Chair, I decided to pursue a degree in educational leadership. After completing my educational leadership courses, I realized that my sphere of influence extended beyond my classroom with students and teachers. Pursuing this path led me to become an assistant principal and later principal. There is no greater joy than being a part of students' families' and teachers' educational success."

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      Wow! Excellent answer. Your passion for education (and the students, teachers, and parents) is very evident, which the interviewer will appreciate. It's also interesting to hear about the journey you took to reach your current destination as a principal. This response will definitely resonate with any interviewer.

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  • 16. What are your career goals?

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      The interviewer is getting at what your long term plan is and how long you may stay at their school. If you plan on retiring as a principal, share that with the interviewer. If you are unsure of what may come next, it is ok to be honest about that as well, but you should be able to commit a few years to their school in order to have any impact. Adjusting to a new principal is hard on a school community, so share that you will be committed to the school if hired as principal.

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  • 17. Why are you the best candidate for us?

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      Prior to the interview, try to think about what truly sets you apart from other candidates. You answer to this question can make or break your interview. Without going on and on about yourself, be honest about a few things you do really well, your passion and vision for the school, and what keeps you motivated to take on the challenge of leading the school day after day.

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      "To whom much is given much is required. Education for me is a calling, so this is my way of doing God's work by collaboratively working with others to positively impact the lives of the students, staff, families, and communities I work with. I believe in the adage "A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste" I have the moral responsibility not to let students waste their minds by investing in their futures. As an instructional leader, I embody this adage by advocating for and supporting the students, staff, and school community I represent. I believe in committing my school's financial and physical resources to build staff and parent capacity to improve student achievement for all students and prepare them for life in the 21st Century."

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      Your passion for education shines through in this answer, and the interviewer will definitely appreciate your sincerity, enthusiasm, and authenticity. Don't forget, however, to take this opportunity to also speak about the skills, education, qualities, and experience you have that align with this specific role. Tell the interviewer exactly why you are the perfect match for this position. Combined with your passion, this will impress the interviewer and remind them why you're the best candidate for the job.

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  • 18. What is your greatest strength?

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      Be sure to review the job posting to familiarize yourself with the characteristics the school is looking for in their new principal. Consider how you fit in with the posting, and share a strength that highlights what you are capable of. Be sure to connect the strength with how it will be an advantage to you on the job. Be honest and straightforward; your answer here may just be what sets you apart from the competition!

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  • 19. What do you know about our organization?

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      The interviewer wants to hear that you've done some research on the district and school you will be entering into. You should be as prepared as possible by paging through their website, looking up their social media channels, finding articles online, and talking to current and/or former employees or parents of students, if possible. The more you know and can communicate, the more the interviewer will be impressed with your level of interest in their school. Be sure to express your excitement about the school you've applied to.

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      "I was particularly interested in your district's diversity and the community's schools. As I reviewed the schools on your district website, I noticed you have a variety of schools with traditional classrooms by grade level, multi-age classrooms, gifted programs, special education programs, and a host of electives based on student interests. You also have a variety of instructional delivery models, including blended instruction, dual language immersion, and career academies. Your innovation is noted in the different school structures, including academies, school within-a-school models, theme schools, magnet schools, and charter schools. I also know your district is highly regarded, having been a three-time Board finalist and twice recognized as one of the nation's top urban school districts. Your focus on continuous improvement to become a system of world-class schools has continuously produced excellent test scores, which opens doors for students and their families. I am very excited to be a part of that."

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      You clearly know a lot about this district and its schools, which is great. Remember to connect your knowledge about the schools to your desire to work for them. In other words, why are you particularly interested in their diversity? What about their variety of schools, classrooms, electives, and instructional delivery models appeal to you? Why does their innovative spirit matter to you? Don't just recite things you've seen on their website(s); connect that information to yourself and your desire to work for them. Great job!

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  • 20. What defines success for you as a principal?

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      When you look back on a school year, consider how you determine whether or not it was successful. Think about what would indicate success in the eyes of teachers and staff, students, and parents. You might want to think about how you can measure success, year after year. You can't go wrong offering up an answer that includes continuous growth and improvement from year to year.

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  • 21. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?

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      Everyone has areas of strengths and weaknesses. Whenever this question is asked, be sure to share something that is minor and not a central responsibility of the job. Be sure to address exactly how you combat this weakness and what you are actively doing to ensure it does not inhibit your ability to do your job well. Be honest, but make sure the interviewer still remains confident in your ability to lead the school well, despite your weaknesses.

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  • 22. What steps would you take to handle a student who is a consistent behavioral problem in a classroom?

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      Your answer here will communicate a great deal as to what you believe about students, their behavior, and discipline. Prior to your interview, be sure to do some research on the school's beliefs and policies. Also consider your own beliefs and ideas to foster an environment where students feel a sense of belonging and learning can take place. Share your perspective on this issue and how you would approach a student who was having a hard time at school.

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  • 23. What qualities make an excellent principal?

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      Chances are you already have an opinion as to what makes an excellent principal. Consider all of the various roles that a principal takes on and what qualities are necessary to ensure everything gets done and teachers and families have a voice within the school. It would be helpful to also explain why those qualities are important for the job and how you demonstrate them in your every day. You definitely can't go wrong by naming qualities like effective communicator, decisive, approachable, intentional, and honest.

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      "I believe the best principals are strong communicators, decisive, and collaborative. They speak clearly, with authority, and leave no room for misinterpretations. The best principals are also highly approachable and friendly. They make time to communicate with their staff, students, and families and get to know them on a personal level. A principal should also be a creative thinker and decisive. They are the school's leaders, so they should be filled with ideas on how to improve the student and staff experience, share the ideas with stakeholders, and then collaboratively work with staff and community to implement those ideas."

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      Awesome! You have mentioned lots of qualities that a principal should possess. But do you possess them? That's the real question. Don't forget to remind the interviewer that you are a strong communicator, decisive, collaborative, approachable, friendly, creative, and so on.

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  • 24. What is the most difficult part of being a Principal?

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      Answer this question honestly, while still remaining confident in your abilities to lead the school. Try to pick an aspect of the job that is challenging, potentially due to a lack of experience with it, but that isn't a main responsibility required of you. Be sure to explain why it is difficult and how you are able to work around it or get the job done well, regardless. Ensure that your interviewer remains confident in your ability to do the job well, despite the challenges you will face.

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      "Finding enough time in the day to meet my job responsibilities is the most difficult part of being a Principal. Sometimes it feels as if there isn't enough time to accomplish everything I need to do. Numerous stakeholders are vying for my attention. Students, parents, staff, and community members have unique requests for time and need to be heard. I must be deliberate in setting aside time to address their concerns and delegate to others on my administrative and leadership team when necessary. When staff members meet on my behalf, I follow up with the stakeholder to ensure their concerns have been addressed. The most important aspect is that my team and I are accessible to all stakeholders and address their needs in a timely manner."

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      Excellent response! You clearly explain what is difficult about your job and what you do to overcome it. Your answer also shows that you care deeply about making sure everyone feels heard and gets their time with you. This shows that you are a caring and thoughtful principal. Awesome!

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  • 25. What is the most rewarding part of being a Principal?

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      Share what is or what might be the most rewarding part of being a principal. Be honest about your answer and share how you truly feel. Consider what keeps you motivated to see the school year through when times are tough. Share what makes it all worth it, despite such a challenging role.

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  • 26. What do you like least about being a Principal?

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      If you do not yet have experience as a principal, share what you think you will like least about the job or what you may be nervous about. If you have experience, share what you like least about the job, making sure to mention something minor that you are able to work through. Despite admitting what may be challenging for you or something you dislike, be sure to communicate that you are capable of the job and will do your best in each and every one of your duties as principal.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on July 11th, 2021

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      "Having difficult conversations with teachers and support staff comes with the territory of supervision. These conversations are perhaps the most difficult because of our relationships with coworkers. However, I have learned dealing with budget cuts, navigating conflicts, and assigning teachers or staff to different positions doesn't get any easier no matter how often we do it. The conversations are a necessary part of the job, and I must have them while maintaining the employee's dignity. Speaking to them directly with honesty and transparency makes a difference."

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      It's completely understandable that this part of the job is difficult, but it sounds like you've made peace with the need to do it and have determined how best to handle it. If you can include an example of an instance when you had a difficult conversation and yet left the other person in a good place emotionally, you'll further strengthen your response and show the interviewer that you're fully capable in this area. Excellent job!

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  • 27. What do you like most about being a Principal?

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      If you do not yet have experience as a principal, share what you think you will enjoy most about the job or what you're most excited about. If you have experience, share what your favorite thing is about that job and what keeps you motivated. This question provides a great opportunity to leave a lasting impression on the interviewer, so be sure your answer is meaningful and demonstrates your commitment to the role.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on July 11th, 2021

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