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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
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In your opinion, what are the top three qualities every Special Education Preschool Teacher should possess?

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1.

In your opinion, what are the top three qualities every Special Education Preschool Teacher should possess?

Always review the job description before the interview to familiarize yourself with the personality traits required from the successful incumbent.

Answer this question by mentioning three of the qualities, i.e., personality traits, listed on the job posting, if outlined, and provide an example of the use of these qualities in a professional capacity.

Alternatively, provide your preferred top qualities, which you believe will highly benefit you in this role, and provide an example of these in a professional setting, preferably related to the type of position you applied for.

Rachelle's Answer

"The most important qualities a Special Education Preschool Teacher should possess are compassion, dedication and perseverance. These qualities served me well in my last position at (X company name) where I was employed as a/an (X position title). In this role, I (X further information as to the successful impact of your qualities in your work and with others)."

2.

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."

3.

Have you ever used a teacher's aide or assistant in the classroom? Do you feel that you need one?

Tell the interviewer whether you ever used a teacher's aide or assistant in the classroom, and why. Alternatively, mention the reasons why you have never used either and whether you feel that you would need one in the future.

Rachelle's Answer

"I have never used a teacher's aide or assistant, and do not feel that I would need one. I pride myself on my strong organizational and time management skills and as a result, I am extremely organized and easily keep track of all duties I am working on. I do not feel that I require any assistance."

4.

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)."

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.

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."

7.

If you had to choose any career asides from Special Education Preschool Teacher, what would you choose?

Tell the interviewer about an alternative career choice, however related to this position. If the interviewer sees your alternative choice differs significantly from this position, he/she may worry you will not commit to the employer and leave should a better opportunity present itself.

Rachelle's Answer

"I am passionate about special education preschool teaching, hence I sincerely see myself in this field. However, I hope to acquire sufficient knowledge and experience that I will one day be able to become a Principal. I hope to move up the ladder and grow within the same school I originally started off with."

8.

Why are you the best Special Education Preschool Teacher for our school?

Tell the interviewer your strengths including your qualities and educational, professional and personal qualifications and how they will benefit you in this role.

Rachelle's Answer

"In addition to my educational qualifications and experience - professional and personal - which I believe have prepared me for this role, I am a hard-worker, a team player and work tirelessly to get the work done. I thrive on challenges and always remain extremely committed to my students and the the success of any initiatives."

9.

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)."

10.

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."

11.

How do you encourage parental involvement in student learning?

Tell the interviewer what you have done or would do to encourage parental involvement in student learning.

Rachelle's Answer

"I meet with parents on a regular basis to ensure I am meeting all expectations and that they aware of the curriculum. I furthermore want them to get involved in the form of initiatives and programs, such as volunteer opportunities at the school so they can feel part of their children's lives and part of the community."

12.

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)."

13.

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."

14.

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)."

15.

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."

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  1. In your opinion, what are the top three qualities every Special Education Preschool Teacher should possess?
  2. What makes you stand out from other Special Education Preschool Teachers?
  3. Have you ever used a teacher's aide or assistant in the classroom? Do you feel that you need one?
  4. What three words would you use to describe your teaching style?
  5. What methods have you used or would you use to assess student learning?
  6. In your previous teaching roles, how have you ensured that each student received the right type of support?
  7. If you had to choose any career asides from Special Education Preschool Teacher, what would you choose?
  8. Why are you the best Special Education Preschool Teacher for our school?
  9. How do you stay motivated in your career as a Special Education Preschool Teacher?
  10. What kind of fresh ideas will you bring to our school if chosen for this role?
  11. How do you encourage parental involvement in student learning?
  12. What methods do you use to encourage students to explore their learning in unique ways?
  13. Where do you want your career to take you in the long term?
  14. Tell me about a mentor, a role model, or an individual who has had a strong influence on you and your career.
  15. As a Special Education Preschool Teacher, how will you work cooperatively with other faculty members in educating the special education preschool students?
  16. Our school works with a limited budget. Can you tell me some ways in which you are resourceful in the classroom with learning tools?
  17. What do you know about us?
  18. How do you maintain order among your students?
  19. Provide an example of a performance assessment.
  20. Tell me about a career related accomplishment you are the most proud of.
  21. Now that you have completed your Bachelors' degree in Education, would you consider going back to school to obtain your Master's degree?
  22. What has led you to becoming a Special Education Preschool Teacher?
  23. Have you ever had to calm a student down in the classroom? If so, how did you manage the situation?
  24. What special education strategies and techniques do you find help your students the most?
  25. What are your short term goals?
  26. Tell me about your education and how it has prepared you for a career in teaching.
  27. What do you do in your spare time to improve your teaching abilities?
  28. Do you work well under stress and pressure? Provide an example of a stressful time you came through under immense amounts of pressure.
  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?
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