MockQuestions

Reading Teacher Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Reading Teacher interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

Reading Teacher was written by and updated on September 6th, 2021. Learn more here.

Question 1 of 30

What methods have you used or would you use to assess student learning?

How to Answer

To answer this question, let the interviewer know more about your favorite styles/methods of teaching. If you are partial to certain resources or tests to acquire data, share your preferences and how you track progress and performance over time.

Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

Next Question

List of 30 Reading Teacher Interview Questions & Answers

  • Adaptability

    1.

    What methods have you used or would you use to assess student learning?

      How to Answer

      To answer this question, let the interviewer know more about your favorite styles/methods of teaching. If you are partial to certain resources or tests to acquire data, share your preferences and how you track progress and performance over time.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "I like to assess my students' learning in both formal and informal ways. I have them create a concept map, because I find this to be an effective informal method of assessment. I do this about once a month so that I can see any advancements that are happening in their learning. A more formal way of assessment is regular in-class testing, which I also do."

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      Community Answer

      "The methods that I have used to assess my students' learning include running records, Dibols, the Wilson WADE, and QRI's as well as assessing student writing samples. I assess my students informally by listening to them read and assessing whether they are fluent or choppy. I also ask them questions about what they just read."

      Written by an Anonymous User

      Rachelle Enns

      Our Professional Interview Coach
      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above Answer

      Fantastic! Your reply is highly detailed, and you do a great job showcasing your range of resources. This answer certainly positions you as a knowledgable educator.

  • Behavioral

    2.

    Do you manage your time well?

      How to Answer

      In order to be successful, teachers must manage their time well and remain organized. You can answer this by using an example of a time when you were under a tight deadline and were able to make it through. Share what tools and resources you use to keep yourself organized and how you hold yourself accountable to your priorities.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "I am confident in my time management skills and use multiple tools to ensure my time is divided appropriately throughout the week. Just last month, I had a major exam to grade for 35 students. Knowing I was under a tight timeframe to grade these, I turned off my phone and email and spent two hours focusing solely on grading before I moved to another task. Blocking off sections of time in my calendar to focus is very helpful for me. At the beginning of each week, I also make a list of all of my to-dos and plan out time to complete each one."

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

  • Career Goals

    3.

    Ten years from now, where do you see yourself?

      How to Answer

      When answering this question, it is best to talk about where you would like to take your career in the future and how you would like to accomplish that. Be honest about your goals and aspirations, but also try to commit to the reading teacher role you're applying to for at least a few years. Schools want to invest in staff who are going to stay around to make an impact.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "Ten years from now I would love to be in a leadership program within the school. I feel that in order to do that, I would need to further my education by enrolling in a Masters' program in the evenings and weekends. This isn't in my immediate future, but I am interested in that type of growth."

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

  • Career Goals

    4.

    Why do you want a career as a reading teacher?

      How to Answer

      When answering this question, you can absolutely incorporate a personal story or the journey that led you to apply for the role. You could also talk about what inspired you to become a teacher in the first place.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      Answer Examples Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

      Community Answers Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

  • Career Goals

    5.

    What are your career goals?

      How to Answer

      This question should always be answered honestly and should incorporate natural next-steps in your career. The interviewer will want to see that you are willing to commit to this particular role for the near future, so be careful with how you phrase wanting to one day move on to another position, if that is the case.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      Answer Examples Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

      Community Answers Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

  • Discovery

    6.

    What is your favorite thing about being a reading teacher?

      How to Answer

      Your answer to this question will give the interviewer insight into your plans for the role. Share an aspect of the job that lights you up and keeps you motivated. Your passion for the role should shine through here, so be sure to share something that is meaningful and will add value to the school.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      Answer Examples Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

  • Discovery

    7.

    Tell me about yourself.

      How to Answer

      A great place to start is to understand the reasoning behind the question. Primarily, the interviewer will use this question as an icebreaker. However, to you as the candidate, it can feel like being put in the hot-seat. The Past, Present, Future interview answer framework is beneficial for this question.
      Past: Provide a brief overview of your career journey.
      Present: Discuss your current career situation, as it relates to the job opportunity.
      Future: Talk about your career aspirations and how this future opportunity is a fit.
      When you frame your response using the Past, Present, Future method, it helps you to keep your thoughts on track, allowing you to deliver a well-organized answer with impact. If it feels more natural to you, you can also frame your answer as Present, Past, Future.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      Answer Examples Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

  • Discovery

    8.

    What is your teaching philosophy?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is simply asking what you believe about teaching and learning and how that plays out in your classroom. There has to be some reason that led you to the teaching profession and some kind of motivator or belief that keeps you going. Share this openly with the interviewer to reveal your passion for the role.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      Answer Examples Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

  • Discovery

    9.

    What do you see as your role in the educational, social, emotional, and psychological development of students?

      How to Answer

      This answer should come more from the heart. There really is no wrong answer to this, so long as you are genuine. As a teacher to young students, you take on several roles. You teach students how to interact and communicate with each other, on top of the academic skills you teach. Consider your role and commitment in the development of the whole child and share your approach to this aspect of the job.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      Answer Examples Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

      Community Answers Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

  • Discovery

    10.

    What is your philosophy on reading?

      How to Answer

      This is an answer that you should be very thoughtful about, write down, and practice communicating. It is essentially going to be your qualifying statement as to why you do what you do. Consider why this job matters and what doors reading opens for students.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      Answer Examples Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

      Community Answers Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

  • Discovery

    11.

    What three words would you use to describe yourself?

      How to Answer

      Your answer should reflect traits that would make you a great Reading Teacher. You want this answer to be relevant to the position. Also, you can back it with a qualifying statement or an example of how you exemplify the words you chose.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      Answer Examples Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

      Community Answers Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

  • Diversity

    12.

    What experience do you have with diverse populations?

      How to Answer

      Diversity is more than just distinctions along racial and ethnic divides, it also includes gender, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status, religion, culture, etc. Explain what diverse populations you have experience working with and focus your answer on the benefits of diverse perspectives.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      Answer Examples Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

  • Education

    13.

    What specific reading programs would you like to see implemented for struggling readers?

      How to Answer

      This is a great opportunity to draw on the research you have done on their organization. You should have a grasp on reading interventions the school is already implementing and describe programs or resources that you have successfully worked with in the past. Your answer should include ways that your teaching methods and reading programs align nicely with theirs.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      Answer Examples Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

      Community Answers Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

  • Experience

    14.

    How do your life experiences prepare you for teaching?

      How to Answer

      You can answer this question on a more personal note by sharing some of the life experiences that have driven your decision to teach. You do not need to be too detailed or personal, but be genuine.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      Answer Examples Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

      Community Answers Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

  • Job Satisfaction

    15.

    What do you like most about a teaching career?

      How to Answer

      Consider what gets you out of bed in the morning and what makes you excited to go to work. Be sure to answer this in a way that shows your true interest in the career path you have chosen.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      Answer Examples Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

      Community Answers Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

  • Job Satisfaction

    16.

    What kind of work environment do you thrive in?

      How to Answer

      Since there are many different environments within education, it is best to talk about two or three of your preferred types of environment and then finish by asking the interviewer how they would best describe the environment at their specific institution. Consider what you find most appealing when it comes to a school's values and how the staff work together. Describe an ideal setting in which you would feel welcomed and supported, be challenged appropriately, and grow as an educator.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      Answer Examples Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

  • Leadership

    17.

    How do you go about classroom management?

      How to Answer

      Classroom management is a big aspect of teaching. A plan for strong classroom management can be the make or break of a successful class. The interviewer will want to hear that you have somewhat of a plan in place to help students learn classroom routines and procedures and to invest students in norms, rules, and classroom culture. A strong teacher candidate will have thought about classroom management at length and arrive to the interview expectant of this question.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      Answer Examples Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

  • Problem Solving

    18.

    Describe a situation where you had to make a quick decision.

      How to Answer

      This is a great time to give an example of a time when you needed to make a quick decision that resulted in a positive outcome. Try to describe a meaningful situation where you had to weigh options and find a solution. Make sure to highlight your unique strengths that came in to play. Provide relevant context and be sure to talk about the resolution and the positive outcome.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      Answer Examples Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

      Community Answers Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

  • Problem Solving

    19.

    What was the most frustrating thing that happened to you as a teacher?

      How to Answer

      Answer this truthfully, but be aware to not create a negative vibe in the interview. Telling a story and getting upset about it would be unprofessional. Remain positive and talk about how it helped you grow as a person and in your career.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      Answer Examples Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

      Community Answers Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

  • Scenario Based

    20.

    Please tell me about your most challenging experience while working with children and how you handled it.

      How to Answer

      This is a 'Tell me about a time when...' type of question. Use a recent example and provide relevant context so the interviewer is able to understand the scenario. Be sure to include the positive outcome and why you were proud of that outcome.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      Answer Examples Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

      Community Answers Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

  • Scenario Based

    21.

    Tell me about a time you dealt with an upset parent or guardian.

      How to Answer

      Unless you are brand new to teaching, you have likely experienced an upset parent or two. Share about a time when you experienced an upset parent and how you met their needs or reassured them. Try to choose an example in which you were not the reason the parent was upset. Maybe they were upset about a lack of communication coming from the school or their child's interaction with a peer. Whatever the scenario, assure the interviewer that you are able to listen and respond to the parent's needs.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      Answer Examples Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

  • Scenario Based

    22.

    How would you work to engage a student who appeared to be disinterested in reading?

      How to Answer

      Oftentimes, students express disinterest in reading because they are struggling and frustrated. They usually require a little encouragement, some go-to reading techniques, and a book they really enjoy. Share how you would engage a struggling student in your own authentic way. Be sure to center your answer on forming a relationship with them and working towards building their reading confidence.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      Answer Examples Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

  • Stress

    23.

    Have you ever been overloaded with work?

      How to Answer

      This can be a tricky question as you want to answer it honestly without appearing to be an individual who is easily stressed. Provide a thoughtful answer, sharing about a situation in which you felt overwhelmed but were able to recover from. Answer confidently and explain how you dealt with the amount of work you had to do. The interviewer wants to see how you will deal with stress when feeling overwhelmed on the job.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      Answer Examples Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

  • Teamwork

    24.

    How do you see yourself partnering with teachers?

      How to Answer

      Reading teachers often work in conjunction with classroom teachers to develop reading curriculum, offer support for struggling readers, and provide training in new reading programs and/or methodologies. Reading teachers may also pull students out of the class to work with them in a small group or one-on-one. The best way to answer this question is to talk about where you see your strengths, and what you can offer your fellow teachers.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      Answer Examples Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

      Community Answers Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

  • Teamwork

    25.

    How would you go about assisting a teacher who came to you and explained that her students were struggling with reading comprehension of a specific text?

      How to Answer

      This is a common scenario a reading teacher may find themselves in. Often, on top of helping specific students develop reading skills, reading teachers are called upon to assist teachers with unit and lesson planning. They are seen as experts in their craft, and often work alongside teachers to improve reading instruction based on students' needs. Tell the interviewer that you would accept the invitation, how you would assess the classes needs, and how you might work with the teacher to help students make progress.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      Answer Examples Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

  • Teamwork

    26.

    How would you help to expand our school library?

      How to Answer

      All schools desire and deserve well-rounded libraries that cater to the needs and interests of students and their teachers. Having a teacher onboard who knows children's literature well and can make suggestions to close gaps in genres and topics is a huge asset to the school community. Many schools are now making a push toward ensuring their libraries contain books that are representative of all walks of life. It is important that all students can see themselves in the stories they read. Share your thoughts on the importance of a well-rounded library and how you would assist the school in building one.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      Answer Examples Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

  • Trust

    27.

    As a Reading Teacher, what do you believe is your best asset?

      How to Answer

      Because our area of strength is almost always what we consider our best asset, your answer to this question could determine where the interviewer would like to place you, should you be successful in the interview process. Answer honestly, and even better, demonstrate the asset with an example. If you are stuck while thinking through this answer prior to the interview, take advantage of a free online strengths or personality quiz to gain some ideas.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      Answer Examples Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

  • Trust

    28.

    Why should we hire you?

      How to Answer

      This is a great opportunity to share what sets you apart from other candidates. Beyond your passion for the role or your love of reading, think critically about what is it about you that makes you the very best fit. Be confident and compelling in your answer.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      Answer Examples Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

  • Trust

    29.

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

      How to Answer

      Be honest about your answer. It is ok to share a real weakness you are actively working on, just be sure not to share something that would disqualify you for the job. Whatever your weakness, keep your answer positive. Growth is a good thing. Show that you can recognize areas of improvement within yourself and explain what you are doing to actively improve.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      Answer Examples Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

      Community Answers Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

  • Trust

    30.

    What is your greatest strength?

      How to Answer

      The best way to answer this would be to consider positive feedback you've gotten in the past that speaks to your top ability. You could also give an example of an award or any kind of recognition you have received for this strength. If you are unsure, consider taking a free online strengths or personality test to gain some ideas.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on September 6th, 2021

      Answer Examples Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view

      Community Answers Have Been Hidden

      Please upgrade to view