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Situational Questions for a Teacher

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

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What is the biggest conflict you have had at work?

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The big conflicts, during work, can stick with a person forever. But, an interviewer wants to see how you have overcome them. Talk about what you have learned and how you have grown from this not-so-fun experience.

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30 Situational Interview Questions for a Teacher

  • 1. What is the biggest conflict you have had at work?

      How to Answer

      The big conflicts, during work, can stick with a person forever. But, an interviewer wants to see how you have overcome them. Talk about what you have learned and how you have grown from this not-so-fun experience.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on March 19th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "I had to break up a fight one day, at the last school I was at. The fight was brutal. The students were punching, swearing, screaming, and everything in-between. Getting in the middle to cool the students down was a chore to say it mildly. But, when all was said and done, I had respect from the administration, fellow teachers, and students, knowing that I would do anything to keep them safe."

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  • 2. What situation in teaching makes you feel the least comfortable?

      How to Answer

      There are things about teaching that people do not like. This can be one of the biggest challenges of the job. But, when you are honest about how you feel, your colleagues and administration can build you up. No school community wants you to feel alone.

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      "I feel the least comfortable with giving out detentions. I do not feel they are best way discipline students. I would love to be a part of the process by using more positive reinforcement. I believe this would change student discipline a lot."

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  • 3. What moment(s) made you want to become a teacher?

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      Becoming a teacher is not a spur-of-the-moment kind of thing. There are moments in one's life that bring out great inspiration. Share with your interviewer what got you to this place in life. Inspiration can help inspire others, so share your story with confidence.

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      1st Answer Example

      "When I was in 5th grade, I had a wonderful teacher. Mr. Johnson helped me enjoy school for the very first time. He was kind to every student and disciplined in a kind fashion. This is the kind of teacher I want to be."

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  • 4. What way does not work for discipline?

      How to Answer

      Not all discipline methods are treated as equal. Share with the interviewer what way or ways you think are troublesome. Help give the administration an idea of how you would discipline and how you would not.

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  • 5. What is your favorite grade level to teach and why?

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      Sometimes, there are multiple grade levels available to teach. The interviewer may ask you which one you prefer. Be open to teach any grade level, but speak to what you want, as well. This is your chance to give priority to something you want.

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  • 6. Which subject is not fun for you?

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      As it pertains to teaching, even teachers do not enjoy every single subject. But, any administration needs to do what they need to do in a pinch. If there is an open math position and you have an interest in math, even though you are not completely trained, they may need to place you there. Being a team-player and flexible will get you a lot of jobs in your lifetime.

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  • 7. As a student, what organizations and clubs were you connected with?

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      When you are able to share a part of yourself with the administration, they can start to catch vision for what you could be a part of with their community. Think back to when you were in school. Speak to what extra-curriculars you enjoyed and thrived in.

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  • 8. Would you like to advise or coach at this school?

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      An administration is always looking for candidates to step up to the plate to fill voids in any schedule. Even if you do not have the experience, it looks better if you are willing to be a team player. Most administrations will work hard to get you the certification and training you need.

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  • 9. What is your preparation like involving standardized assessments?

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      Standardized assessments show where students stand in a variety of subjects. As a teacher, interviewers want to see how you prepare for the process. Share tips, tools, and tricks that you have used over the years to get students to learn, sometimes without them even knowing about it.

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  • 10. Describe your experience involving IEPs.

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      Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are a purposeful way to help students that need more assistance. Speak about how your have used IEPs before. This way, the interviewer can understand how much you know and what you still need to grasp about backing up the student.

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  • 11. How do you increase participation in the classroom?

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      Not every student will love every class. But, it is a teacher's job to try to get them to participate in what is going on. Talk with the interviewer about techniques you have used over the years.

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  • 12. What is your approach in connecting with parents?

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      Connecting parents is a valuable way to keep students on task. Also, when teachers are proactive with parents, less conversation usually comes back to the administration. Speak to what your way of communication looks like to keep parents up-to-date.

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  • 13. How do you support keeping the school a safe-learning atmosphere?

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      Safety is the number one responsibility of any teacher. By sharing how you keep students safe, the interviewer will know that you care about the subject, as much as they do. Consider evidence of how you have done this over the years.

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  • 14. Share a time you did not see eye-to-eye with school leadership? What was your response?

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      School leadership can vary from a principal to an athletic director to the Dean of Students. Wherever you have had tension, share it with the interviewer, and explain how the confrontation resolved itself. Healthy habits in communication is what the interviewer is looking for here.

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  • 15. How would you describe our school during your first visit?

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      The interviewer wants to see what you notice when you step in the halls of their establishment. Be honest about the positives that you see. This way, they will better understand what you care about, as they consider you for the position.

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  • 16. What was a time you failed and how did you handle it?

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      The interviewer wants to get an idea of something that everyone faces in their lives: failure. Speak openly and honestly about the challenges of the experience and what you learned in the process. This kind of answer will give the interviewer hope that you are malleable and ready to grow.

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  • 17. Recall a time you explained something to a frustrated student or parent. How did the process go and what was the response like?

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      How you communicate during a stress situation can really diffuse things. No matter if you are speaking to a frustrated student or teacher, it is important for the educator to be calm and cool. Talk about how your navigated the conversation to a more positive place.

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  • 18. Tell about a time you set a goal and you completed it.

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      Goal setting should be a habit for all teachers. An interviewer wants to see if you are always looking to improve your profession. Give an example where you had one in mind and what things were like after you had achieved it.

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  • 19. Share about a difficult colleague you have worked with. What was the experience like?

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      Another part of teaching is interacting with your peers. Some colleagues can be hard to deal with, but you are still expected to be professional. Speak to what stood out to you in this situation and how you kept pushing the positive.

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  • 20. Speak to a time you had a disagreement with your boss. How was the situation handled in the end?

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      Not everyone sees eye-to-eye in every situation. The same can be said with an employee and their boss. An interviewer wants to understand how you overcome a challenge like this. Explain how you are upfront with your boss when things like this arise.

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  • 21. What do you do when you are on a time-crunch waiting for someone else to finish their part of the task?

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      Time-crunches are a part of any teacher's life. But, when you are waiting on someone else for a joint project, it can be frustrating when they do not complete their end of the bargain. How you react next is what the interviewer wants to understand. Share honestly how you navigate these kinds of rough waters.

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  • 22. What are the steps you take to make a difficult decision?

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      When handling a difficult decision, there needs to be a step-by-step process involved. Dealing with a challenging situation can be frustrating. But, when you have the right protocol in mind, success will come, even in the hardest of times.

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  • 23. Describe a time when you had a lot of work to do. How did you handle the situation?

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      There comes a time, for any teacher, when work starts to pile up. The interviewer wants to get a sense of how you handle things under pressure. Speak about a time when you achieved greatness working a lot.

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  • 24. Share about a difficult student you have worked with. What was the experience like?

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      Difficult students are a part of the teaching job description. But, what is more important is how you, as the teacher, sets the tone for the situation. Even though the student may bring about trouble, doing your best to change the situation into a positive should be the focus.

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  • 25. Tell about a problem you witnessed and how you worked through it.

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      Problems can crop up at anytime. An interviewer wants to see how you handle these kinds of situations. Ultimately, by seeing your true colors, this will give them a better cue on if they should hire you or not.

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  • 26. What are you most proud of in your career?

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      There are a lot of things to be proud of as a teacher. But, the interviewer wants you to nail down something that is memorable and worthwhile. Share something that shows your humility, but your value at the end of the day.

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  • 27. Describe a time when you made a quality impression on someone.

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      Having a good first impression is what any administration wants from their teachers, whether it involves meeting students or parents. In an interview setting, how you interact with the interviewer will give them an idea of how you do in other similar situations. Be confident and genuine with your answer.

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  • 28. Speak about a high-pressure experience. What got you through?

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      Everyone goes through stress in a workplace. The key is how you handle it. An interviewer wants to see your true colors in a situation like this. So, give the full story and how you overcame it.

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  • 29. How would you handle being asked to start a task that you have no experience in?

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      There are some times where a teacher steps up to the plate, even though they do not know what they are doing. An interviewer is looking for this determination no matter what. A quality administration can resource any teacher that is willing. So, be willing, and you will have a better chance of getting the job.

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  • 30. Share a time when you worked with someone who you didn't work well with.

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      There comes a time in any profession where you work with someone and things don't jive. Any interviewer knows this. But, what they want to hear is how you overcame the situation in a positive manner.

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