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Describe the best session you have had with a student. What made it successful?
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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!
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.
Tell me about your past experiences tutoring individuals.
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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!
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.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands?
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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!
6. 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. Here is an answer example: 7. How well has your college/university prepared you for the field of teaching? The interviewer is hoping to hear that you will only talk positively about your college/university in the same way that you will only talk positively about your future employers. Think about the things that you truly liked or enjoyed about your college or university's curriculum and career preparation. These are the things to share! When asked this question, begin by sharing 2-3 things that you liked or enjoyed. Next, share that you feel you have received a good base knowledge for launching your career, and you understand that you will have more to learn as you begin in the field. Be sure to mention that you look forward to learning as much as you can in the years to come! Here is an answer example: 8. How will you instruct students with varying abilities? By varying your approach! The interviewer knows that a one-size-fits-all approach does not work for tutoring, and they want to hear that you understand this too. Simply share that you will meet students where they are at, and you will create a plan for teaching students based on their abilities. You will have to frequently change your approach! Here is an answer example: 9. What is the toughest problem you've had to face? And how did you overcome it? Think back through your career thus far. If you are a more recent graduate, include your schooling too. What is the hardest day you have faced? What challenge kept you up at night? What problem took the most amount of time to solve? The answers to these questions will help lead you to the toughest problem you have faced. Begin by sharing a high-level overview of the problem. The interviewer is most concerned with how you overcame the problem, so go more into depth with how you worked through the problem. Be sure to mention how long it took you to overcome the problem, and share that you never let the problem get the best of you. A positive attitude is key! Finally, mention what you learned from that experience and what you would do differently if a similar problem occurred again in the future. Here is an answer example: 10. 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. Here is an answer example: 11. Please tell me about your most challenging experience while working with children. We all have challenges in our professions, and it is okay to talk about them! The key is that we do not allow these situations to get the best of us. Begin by sharing a high-level overview of your most challenging experience working with children spending most of your time explaining your reaction to the situation. Express that you did not allow the situation to get the best of you. Mention what you learned from that situation, and explain what you will do differently in the future if you find yourself in a similar situation again. Here is an answer example: 12. Describe the best lesson you have delivered. Why was it successful? Here is an answer example: 13. 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. Here is an answer example: 14. 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. Here is an answer example: 15. What experience have you had with students from culturally diverse backgrounds? Be open and honest with the interviewer sharing your experiences with students from culturally diverse backgrounds. Everyone's experiences will be different, and the interviewer will use your response to better understand the training you should be provided for the environment if you are hired for the job. Share your experiences tutoring other students, coaching sports teams, assisting in classrooms, and even babysitting experiences describing the culturally diverse backgrounds. It will help the interviewer understand your experiences, and it will create a gauge for the interviewer to prepare a great training plan for you! Here is an answer example: 16. 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. Here is an answer example: 17. What was your most rewarding experience educating students? Remember that time you walked away from a tutoring session feeling on top of the world? What made that experience so great? Did a student have a major breakthrough? Did you finally connect with a student you had been trying to build a relationship with? Describe your most rewarding experience giving a little background on the situation and providing a solid explanation for why the experience was so rewarding. You might state, "I had been working with a student for a few months on algebra. He was having a hard time understanding the concept of letters in equations. I designed a funny poem to help him understand how to solve equations, and he had a major breakthrough! The poem made a lightbulb turn on for him, and he aced his next exam at school! It was so great seeing how excited he was to tell me about his exam score!" Here is an answer example: "I had been working with a student for a few months on algebra. He was having a hard time understanding the concept of letters in equations. I designed a funny poem to help him understand how to solve equations, and he had a major breakthrough! The poem made a lightbulb turn on for him, and he aced his next exam at school! It was so great seeing how excited he was to tell me about his exam score!"18. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it? Pick one of your weaknesses that is not a necessity for the role. Be candid and humble in your answer recognizing that you really aren't great at something and acknowledging your need to improve. Be sure you have an action plan in place for improving on this weakness too. Perhaps you are watching TED Talks about the weakness, reading the latest-and-greatest book on the subject, or maybe you are taking a seminar at a nearby community center in the near future. We are all human and all have weaknesses, so don't be afraid to share yours! Here is an answer example: 19. 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!” Here is an answer example: 20. What challenges are you looking for in a position? Challenges often help a person stay interested in a job; mostly, these are things that you enjoy doing that are not easy for everyone else. Common responses for a private tutor might be:
- The challenge of helping others achieve educational success
- The challenge of helping students see that they can succeed
- The challenge of understanding the ways different students provess information & learn
These are all great answers for this question! Think about what you are good at that others might struggle with, and turn it into a 'challenge' statement for the interviewer. Here is an answer example: 21. 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. Here is an answer example: 22. How do you feel when a student fails? Having a student fail is always a tough experience. If you have never had a student fail, begin by telling the interviewer that you have not had to go through this experience, but you can imagine that it would feel tough knowing a student is not succeeding. Be sure to mention that you would invest more time with that student to ensure they are successful!
If you have had a student fail, you know the feeling all too well! The pit in your stomach. Sadness for the student. Disappointment in yourself. Begin by describing this feeling for the interviewer. Next, share that you try to not let these situations get the best of you, and you work hard to ensure that students never fail in the first place. Be sure to menton that you invest more time with these students to make every effort possible that they do not fail again in the future. Here is an answer example: 23. If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do? Find another way to teach them the skill or concept! The interviewer wants to hear that you will not give up on your students. Explain that you will try another way of teaching the student the information. You may even ask another tutor for ideas to help the student learn. You may ask the student's parents to help out at home if the situation is right. Or, you may offer some simple encouraging words to help motivate the student. Here is an answer example: 24. What was the last book you read? Interviewers like hearing that you read and look forward to learning! Share what book you last read. Did you read a great fiction book on the beach during your last vacation? Or, maybe you read an excellent business book this past month. Maybe you and your spouse have been reading a marriage book together. Simply share what book you last read! Here is an answer example: 25. 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! Here is an answer example: 26. What are your career goals? Your career goal might be to become a Private Tutor, or you may have other aspirations for your career. If your career goal is to become a Private Tutor, the key is to expand on this mentioning 2 or 3 honorable things you hope to accomplish in this career. Winning a prestigious award is a great option. Having a reputable name in the community as the go-to tutor is another great choice! Or, maybe you want to turn struggling students into Dean's List students by their senior year of high school!
If you have other career aspirations, share your plan! Mention how long you plan to be a tutor, and share 1 or 2 things that you hope to accomplish during your time as a tutor. Here is an answer example: 27. How do you stay organized? Interviewers need to hear that you have some method for keeping yourself organized. What tools do you use? Do you use an Outlook calendar to keep yourself on track? Do you keep a to-do list? Do you spend time each morning planning out your day? Do you take notes during meetings? Are you accustomed to having an assistant who helps you out? Simply share which tools you use to keep yourself organized! Here is an answer example: 28. 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... Here is an answer example: 29. Have you done any tutoring before? For how many years? Begin by sharing a simple 'yes' or 'no' answer. If you have tutored before, share how many years, where you tutored, what age of students you tutored, and what subjects the students were seeking tutoring for.
If you have not tutored before, that is okay! Tell the interviewer that you are very excited to explore the tutoring world, and mention what experience you have working with students who will be similar in age to the students you would be tutoring. Here is an answer example: 30. 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. Here is an answer example: 31. What is your availability? Do you have your own transportation? Everyone has different availability, and you should candidly share yours! Begin by telling the interviewer about any times during the week that you are unavailable for work including the day(s) of the week and times of the day. For example, you might state, "I have a Young Professionals meeting each Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in downtown. Otherwise, my availability is open during the week!" Finally, share how you plan on getting to work. Will you use your own car? Bike? Or, will you use public transportation? Here is an answer example: "I have a Young Professionals meeting each Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in downtown. Otherwise, my availability is open during the week!"32. How do you measure progress or address obstacles? Testing is a very common way to measure a student's progress, and you might like this method too! Begin by sharing how you like to measure a student's progress, and explain why this method works well for you. Next, share how you address learning obstacles that you face when teaching. Do you change your approach? Do you tell stories to help students remember concepts? Do you create fun games? The interviewer wants to learn more about your style, and sharing your approach will do just that! Here is an answer example:
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