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31 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 30th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Question 1 of 31
What methods do you use to encourage students to explore their learning in unique ways?
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How to Answer
Review the job posting and school website/social media pages before the interview to familiarize yourself with the methods you will have to use in this role to encourage students to explore their learning in unique ways, or methods the school has used or will soon be using.

Answer by providing examples included on the posting or school website/social media pages, including your own experience in similar roles, if you have any. Alternatively mention some of the methods listed on the job posting or school website/social media pages are methods you look forward to using and why, to demonstrate a motivation to undertake training despite not currently having the required experience for this role.
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  1. What methods do you use to encourage students to explore their learning in unique ways?
  2. How do you stay motivated in your career as a Special Education Preschool Teacher?
  3. Where do you want your career to take you in the long term?
  4. What makes you stand out from other Special Education Preschool Teachers?
  5. What methods have you used or would you use to assess student learning?
  6. What do you know about us?
  7. How do you maintain order among your students?
  8. What kind of fresh ideas will you bring to our school if chosen for this role?
  9. Provide an example of a performance assessment.
  10. Tell me about a mentor, a role model, or an individual who has had a strong influence on you and your career.
  11. What three words would you use to describe your teaching style?
  12. Tell me about a career related accomplishment you are the most proud of.
  13. Now that you have completed your Bachelors' degree in Education, would you consider going back to school to obtain your Master's degree?
  14. As a Special Education Preschool Teacher, how will you work cooperatively with other faculty members in educating the special education preschool students?
  15. In your previous teaching roles, how have you ensured that each student received the right type of support?
  16. How do you encourage parental involvement in student learning?
  17. What has led you to becoming a Special Education Preschool Teacher?
  18. Have you ever had to calm a student down in the classroom? If so, how did you manage the situation?
  19. What special education strategies and techniques do you find help your students the most?
  20. Our school works with a limited budget. Can you tell me some ways in which you are resourceful in the classroom with learning tools?
  21. Why are you the best Special Education Preschool Teacher for our school?
  22. What are your short term goals?
  23. In your opinion, what are the top three qualities every Special Education Preschool Teacher should possess?
  24. If you had to choose any career asides from Special Education Preschool Teacher, what would you choose?
  25. Tell me about your education and how it has prepared you for a career in teaching.
  26. What do you do in your spare time to improve your teaching abilities?
  27. Do you work well under stress and pressure? Provide an example of a stressful time you came through under immense amounts of pressure.
  28. Have you ever used a teacher's aide or assistant in the classroom? Do you feel that you need one?
  29. What is your greatest weakness, and what are you doing to improve it?
  30. What is your greatest strength, and how will it contribute to your success as a Special Education Preschool Teacher?
  31. How have your life experiences prepared you for teaching special needs students?
15 Special Education Preschool Teacher Answer Examples
1.
What methods do you use to encourage students to explore their learning in unique ways?
Review the job posting and school website/social media pages before the interview to familiarize yourself with the methods you will have to use in this role to encourage students to explore their learning in unique ways, or methods the school has used or will soon be using.

Answer by providing examples included on the posting or school website/social media pages, including your own experience in similar roles, if you have any. Alternatively mention some of the methods listed on the job posting or school website/social media pages are methods you look forward to using and why, to demonstrate a motivation to undertake training despite not currently having the required experience for this role.

Rachelle's Answer
"The methods I have used to encourage students to explore their learning in unique ways are (X methods listed on the job posting or school website). For instance, in my last position as (X position title) for (X company), I (... detailed information regarding the methods used, which have contributed to successful and unique learning experiences)."
2.
How do you stay motivated in your career as a Special Education Preschool Teacher?
Tell the interviewer about your passion for this career, what motivates you to be the best in your field, and what you look forward to the most in this position.

Review the job posting and school website before your interview to familiarize yourself with the school and duties involved, and mention one or many duties that you look the most forward to (related to your motivation), and why. This will show the interviewer that you are passionate about your work and that you also did your due diligence before your interview.

Rachelle's Answer
"What motivates me the most is becoming the best in my field, and as a result having the opportunity to make an impact on a greater scale and contribute to the school's long-term success. For instance, with this position, what motivates me the most is the opportunity to (X newly acquired duties that will enable you to help the school be more successful, as per the job posting)."
3.
Where do you want your career to take you in the long term?
Tell the interviewer about your career goals in ~seven to ten years from now. Ensure to link your career goals to the school you are applying for to show the interviewer you can be a long-term asset for the school and that you are looking for stability.

Rachelle's Answer
"In seven to ten years from now, I would like to have grown within the same school I started off with, having acquired skills enabling me to establish myself as an expert in my field. I would love to be responsible for more managerial duties and ultimately becoming a Principal."
4.
What makes you stand out from other Special Education Preschool Teachers?
Answer this question by emphasizing your greatest strengths against the advertised position. What do you pride yourself on the most? Which strengths will be, in your opinion, most beneficial to this role? Which will contribute to the school's success? Which strengths make you indispensable?

Rachelle's Answer
"I am a hard worker who does not hesitate to go above and beyond to ensure successful completion of any programs or initiatives, and I am more than willing to take on duties beyond my original job scope. I sincerely consider the school's success as my own."
5.
What methods have you used or would you use to assess student learning?
Review the job posting and school website/social media pages before the interview to familiarize yourself with the methods you will have to use in this role to assess student learning, or methods the school has used or will use in the future.

Answer by providing examples included on the job posting or school website/social media pages, including your own experience in similar roles, if you have any. Alternatively mention some of the methods listed on the job posting or school website/social media pages are methods you look forward to using and why, to demonstrate a motivation to undertake training despite not currently having the required experience for this role.

Rachelle's Answer
"The methods I have used to assess student learning are (X methods listed on the job posting or school website). For instance, in my last position as (X position title) for (X company), I (... detailed information regarding the methods used, which have contributed to successful learning experiences)."
6.
What do you know about us?
Tell the interviewer about your knowledge of the school you applied for. It is imperative to always conduct your due diligence before an interview by reviewing the job description, school website and social media pages to familiarize yourself with the school and work involved.

It is also important to show the interviewer you did not apply to the advertised position simply because you are looking for just any job, but that you wish to work for this school board specifically.

Rachelle's Answer
"I reviewed the job description and website before this interview and know you are a school specializing in (X areas you noticed on the school website). I am particularly excited about (X programs/initiatives) that I saw on your (website/social media pages) as I (X reasons you are excited about these programs/initiatives, such as passion or similar initiatives undertaken in a university or volunteer capacity)."
7.
How do you maintain order among your students?
The interviewer wants to ensure you can respond to somewhat challenging situations calmly, respectfully and professionally. Always review the job posting and school website before the interview to familiarize yourself with the tools and strategies promoted by the company. Mention some of the tools and/or strategies listed by providing an example of the successful use of such tools/strategies in your career, preferably for schools similar to the one you are currently applying for.

Rachelle's Answer
"I pride myself on my ability to always remain calm, respectful and professional notwithstanding the difficulty of any situations. To maintain order among my students, I use (X tools and/or strategies used by the school, as per the school website or job posting to demonstrate you are already using the same tools and/or strategies promoted by the school). For instance, while employed for (X company) as (X position title), I have used such tools/strategies extensively (X further information as to the context, resulting in the successful maintenance of order among your students)."
8.
What kind of fresh ideas will you bring to our school if chosen for this role?
Review the company website and job posting before the interview to familiarize yourself with the school and programs/initiatives available - past, current and future. Answer this question by mentioning, e.g., two of the listed programs/initiatives (future) to demonstrate you have done your due diligence before the interview, by mentioning how you would successfully bring these to life. Thereafter link these programs/initiatives to your past experience to demonstrate you already have the required experience for this role and as such, are the best candidate.

Rachelle's Answer
"I saw on your website that you are planning (X program/initiative) and (X program/initiative). I have worked on similar programs/initiatives while employed for (X company) as (X position title). To successfully achieve our goals, I recommended to the Principal that we (X ideas that you shared with the Principal to facilitate the success of such programs/initiatives). We were highly successful, so much so that the Principal and the parents involved wished to recreate such programs/initiatives the following year."
9.
Provide an example of a performance assessment.
Review the job posting and school website before the interview to familiarize yourself with the types of assessments the school is conducting. Answer this question by mentioning one of their listed performance assessments, where applicable. Thereafter refer to your own experience with such an assessment by providing an example of the use of a performance assessment in a previous position to demonstrate you already have the required experience for this role. Should you not have any relevant experience, simply mention one of their listed assessments and their intended purpose, as per your understanding and/or knowledge acquired in an educational capacity.

Rachelle's Answer
"An example of a performance assessment is (X performance assessment listed on the school website). I have conducted such performance assessments extensively in my last position as (X position title) of (X company) (X further information as to the context in which such assessments were conducted)."
10.
Tell me about a mentor, a role model, or an individual who has had a strong influence on you and your career.
Tell the interviewer whether you have a mentor or a role model and if so, in what capacity he/she influenced you and strongly influenced your career. Alternatively, mention any individual who has had a strong influence on you - and in what capacity, in a previous position or a university setting, or in a volunteer capacity.

Rachelle's Answer
"I do not have a mentor. However, the individual I consider a role model, who has had the strongest influence on me and my career, is (X individual, e.g., supervisor at (X company)). This person strongly influenced me because (X reasons, such as this person made you realize the life purpose and that you should always remain highly dedicated to your students, by virtue of his/her attitude on a daily basis toward her work and individuals he/she interacted with)."
11.
What three words would you use to describe your teaching style?
Always conduct your due diligence before your interview by reviewing the school website and job posting to familiarize yourself with the teaching styles promoted by the school you applied for.

Answer this question by mentioning three words related to three of the listed teaching styles (on their website or job posting) and link each teaching style to past experience in a professional capacity, or alternatively in a volunteer capacity or university setting.

The goal is to demonstrate you already have the required experience and knowledge for this role and as such, are the perfect candidate for this role.

Rachelle's Answer
"I would describe my teaching style as (X, as per the job posting/school website), (X, as per the job posting/school website) and (X, as per the job posting/school website). For instance, in my position of (X position title) for (X company), I (X further information providing context and proof of the successful use of such teaching styles, resulting in great improvements in your students)."
12.
Tell me about a career related accomplishment you are the most proud of.
Tell the interviewer about the accomplishment you are the most proud of, preferably in a professional capacity and related to the position you are applying for, i.e., special education preschool teaching. Alternatively, provide any accomplishment in another professional capacity, in a volunteer capacity, or in a university setting by mentioning that you are positive your acquired skills will be transferable.

Rachelle's Answer
"The accomplishment I am the most proud of is managing a very large project on a very tight deadline (... detailed information pertaining to this project, such as the company name, your position title, and so on). As a result, I developed strong project and time management skills that will undoubtedly enable me to thrive in this role."
13.
Now that you have completed your Bachelors' degree in Education, would you consider going back to school to obtain your Master's degree?
Ensure to review the job posting before the interview to know whether a master's degree is a requirement at present, whether having a master's degree would be an asset, or whether it will be required in the future.

If it is a requirement, you should know a master's degree will eventually be required, even if you applied for the position with only a bachelor's degree. In this case, you should expect your employer to prefer a candidate who will be pursuing a master's degree at some point in time.

If you already know a master's degree is a requirement but you are fortunate enough to be interviewed despite only having a bachelor's degree, and you indeed wish to eventually study for a master's degree, prepare an answer beforehand. Add that the pursuit of this master's degree will not interfere with your work and that you are serious about your application. Employers are looking for commitment.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am absolutely interested in obtaining a master's degree, however on a part-time basis in the evenings/weekends. I applied for your position as I am serious about working for your school on a full-time basis, and as such, I will not let further education plans interfere with my work."
14.
As a Special Education Preschool Teacher, how will you work cooperatively with other faculty members in educating the special education preschool students?
Ensure to review the job posting before the interview to familiarize yourself with the work involved. At the time of the interview, you should know whether this position entails mostly independent or collaborative work. As such, should the position entails mostly collaborative work, you should answer this question by emphasizing your love of such work and that you enjoy brainstorming ideas with fellow team members.

Should you not answer adequately as per the duties involved, you may be automatically disqualified - for instance, if you answer you prefer independent work and dislike collaborative work when applying for a position that mostly entails collaborative related duties. Not only will this show you are unsuitable for this position as you did not do your due diligence beforehand (as you did not read the job posting before applying for the position nor before the interview), but the interviewer may also believe you are simply looking for any job without being serious about working for this school particularly.

Rachelle's Answer
"I intend to communicate with all faculty members on a regular basis via email and phone, as well as request to meet with them on a regular basis, i.e., weekly, monthly or quarterly, so as to share ideas in person and implement them as soon as possible. I absolutely love collaborative work and I pride myself on my team playing skills. I sincerely enjoy working with others and sharing ideas so as to come up with creative solutions and work toward a common goal."
15.
In your previous teaching roles, how have you ensured that each student received the right type of support?
Tell the interviewer what you have done or would do to ensure that each student receives the right type of support.

Rachelle's Answer
"I meet with my students on a regular basis to ensure their needs are being met, and that they are satisfied with my teaching style. I am open to criticism and do not hesitate to adjust my approach so as to provide custom-tailored teaching strategies."
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