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32 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated September 12th, 2020 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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What techniques do you use to keep students actively involved during a lesson?
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How to Answer
Everyone has different techniques that work for them! The interviewer simply wants to hear that you have a plan to keep students engaged. Common answers might include:

- Creating a game
- Making lessons as fun & interactive as possible
- Having students work together in teams
- Having an award system

Simply share your plan, and explain why you like this technique.
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What techniques do you use to keep students actively involved during a lesson?
Everyone has different techniques that work for them! The interviewer simply wants to hear that you have a plan to keep students engaged. Common answers might include:

- Creating a game
- Making lessons as fun & interactive as possible
- Having students work together in teams
- Having an award system

Simply share your plan, and explain why you like this technique.
2.
Do you have experience working with different learning styles?
If you have any educating experience, you certainly have this experience! Share the learning styles that you are accustomed to working with, and mention if there are any learning styles you hope to explore in your role as a tutor. Be sure to mention the learning styles that you find work best in smaller groups such as one-on-one tutoring.

If you do not have experience with different learning styles, that is okay! Now is the time to candidly share this with the interviewer. It will help the interviewer understand that you may need additional training in this area if you are selected for the job. Simply tell the interviewer that you do not have experience working with different learning styles, and you look forward to learning different techniques for working with the different styles.
3.
Are you a positive and energetic person?
Absolutely! Tutors are constantly encouraging students to achieve success, and to do this you need to be positive and energetic! Tell the interviewer that you know your role as a tutor is to encourage students showing them that they can succeed. Mention that you know you need to be positive and energetic to do this! Finally, be sure to share that you look forward to being a positive influence on the students you will be tutoring in this role.
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What are you most proud of in your tutoring career?
What stands out to you as your greatest accomplishment? What is your favorite memory? Or, what have you received the most compliments on during your career? These are all things that can show you areas that you should be proud of! Choose what you are most proud of in your tutoring career, and share a high-level overview. Describe why you are proud of it, and be sure to mention that you hope your career brings you many more moments like this to come. Doing so will help reiterate your continued passion for the field.
5.
Why are you the best person for this job?
Talking about ourselves in this way can be challenging. We recommend reaching out to a few colleagues, family members, and friends. Ask them for their opinion. You'll probably be surprised at the consistency in their responses! Their answers will give you insight into how to answer this question. Tell the interviewer what sets you apart, and explain how your co-workers, family members, and friends have encouraged you with your gift in this area.
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Have you had any bad experiences being a tutor?
Most of us have had a bad experience in our career, and the key is sharing what we learned from that experience! Begin by sharing an overview of a bad experience you have had as a tutor being sure to not blame anyone for the situation. Instead, focus on what you learned from that experience expressing what you would do differently or anything that you have changed in your approach because of that time.
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Is there a person in your life who has really made a difference?
Who is the person in your life who has really made a positive impact on you? Is there a teacher who greatly influenced you? Is there a friend who has always encouraged you? Is there a sports coach who helped you love your childhood? Share how you know this person, and relay how the person made such a positive impact on you. Discuss their character and why you appreciated it. And, be sure to mention that you hope to make that same positive impact on someone during your life.
8.
What is your greatest strength?
Get excited to share what gift you have! Think back to past performance reviews or kudos you have received from your co-workers. What common positive themes were there? The things you have been recognized for over-and-over again are your strengths. Now, pick the one that you feel you are best at! Tell the interviewer your strength, and share why this strength helps you be a great restaurant manager. For example, you may say, “I have been told that my greatest strength is organization, and I think that is true! I have a system in place that helps me with recognizing my staff, greeting customers, scheduling workers, and following up on customer feedback. I guess you could say I have a gift in this area!”
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What made you want to become a tutor?
Remember the day you decided to become a tutor? What resulted in that decision? Did you have a great experience with a tutor when you were growing up? Did you know that you wanted to teach, but you preferred a one-on-one setting? Did a mentor have a great impact on you resulting in your becoming a tutor? Whatever led you down this path, share it with the interviewer!
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What kind of academic training do you have in the subject you are tutoring?
This one should be easy! Simply share the highest level of education you have completed in the subject that you will be tutoring. If the subject is vaguer, such as 'math,' be sure to mention what math training you have that might be applicable such as geometry, algebra, pre-calculus, calculus, etc...
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Describe the best session you have had with a student. What made it successful?
Remember the day you walked out of a tutoring session feeling on top of the world? What made that session so great? Did the student have a big breakthrough? Did you finally connect with a student you had been struggling with? Begin by sharing a high-level overview of the best session. Describe the age of the student and what they were being tutored for. Next, share why that day was so special for you, and explain why you think it was such a success!
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What environment do you prefer for tutoring?
Do you like a quiet atmosphere for tutoring? Or, do you prefer the hustle and bustle of a lot of people around? Simply share your preferred environment for tutoring being sure to express that you are a-okay with other types of environments too! You simply would choose this environment in a perfect world.
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Tell me about your past experiences tutoring individuals.
Tell the interviewer where you have worked as a tutor, the age of your students, subjects taught, and how long you worked in each role. Be sure to mention something that you really liked about each tutoring role you have been involved with. It will help the interviewer see your passion for tutoring!
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How do you handle stressful situations?
The interviewer is really looking for past experiences that you have been in that have been stressful. They want to get to know your background better. Highlight these examples, tell them how you remained calm and held your composure. Tell the interviewer what you learned from those experiences. A good example, when you have been in stressful situations, you have found its best to remain calm so you can think through any challenges that you are facing. Try to think of these examples before the interview because this is a very common interview question and may likely be asked.
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What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands?
There are many techniques that you might use, and the interviewer simply wants to hear that you have a plan. Common responses might include:

- Having students 'teach' each other after a lesson. If they can teach it, they know it!
- Comprehension testing
- Homework assignments
- Observing during games or contests to see which students seem to have caught on and which ones have not

Simply share your favorite techniques, and explain why you like them!
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  1. What techniques do you use to keep students actively involved during a lesson?
  2. Do you have experience working with different learning styles?
  3. Are you a positive and energetic person?
  4. What are you most proud of in your tutoring career?
  5. Why are you the best person for this job?
  6. Have you had any bad experiences being a tutor?
  7. Is there a person in your life who has really made a difference?
  8. What is your greatest strength?
  9. What made you want to become a tutor?
  10. What kind of academic training do you have in the subject you are tutoring?
  11. Describe the best session you have had with a student. What made it successful?
  12. What environment do you prefer for tutoring?
  13. Tell me about your past experiences tutoring individuals.
  14. How do you handle stressful situations?
  15. What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands?
  16. How well has your college/university prepared you for the field of teaching?
  17. How will you instruct students with varying abilities?
  18. How do you feel when a student fails?
  19. What is the toughest problem you've had to face? And how did you overcome it?
  20. Please tell me about your most challenging experience while working with children.
  21. Describe the best lesson you have delivered. Why was it successful?
  22. What experience have you had with students from culturally diverse backgrounds?
  23. What was your most rewarding experience educating students?
  24. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
  25. What challenges are you looking for in a position?
  26. If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
  27. What was the last book you read?
  28. What are your career goals?
  29. How do you stay organized?
  30. Have you done any tutoring before? For how many years?
  31. What is your availability? Do you have your own transportation?
  32. How do you measure progress or address obstacles?
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