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Teacher Assistants Interview Questions

1. Why do you want to be a TA?
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Teacher assistants also are called teacher aides, instructional aides, paraprofessionals, education assistants and paraeducators.

Generally, teachers introduce new material to students, and teacher assistants help reinforce the lessons by working with individual students or small groups of students. For example, after the teacher presents a lesson, a teacher assistant may help a small group of students as they try to master the material.

Teachers may seek feedback from assistants to monitor students’ progress. Some teachers and teacher...
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Teacher Assistants Interview Questions

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What experiences do you have with leadership, and with dealing with students?

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I love working with kids and love seeing them succeed. I feel rewarded when I know I have played a role in helping kids meet their goals.
 
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I would like to help students, work with expert librarians and improve my skills.
 
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Working with children has always been an enjoyable experience for me, especially seeing them progress and learn something new - it is very self rewarding when you know that you are part of that progress. I would like to be a TA because I want to feel as if I am making a difference and have a positive input into the lives of young children.
 
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What qualities do you have that are suitable for this position?
 
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I enjoy interacting with children and would love to work alongside the class teacher to help them learn. I have two young children myself and with a large extended family have always been surrounded and involved with young children. When I left school I was involved in supervising at children's' discos at a youth club.
 

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#3 of 25

Why would you make a good TA?

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I am enthusiastic about education, students and working in a library.
 
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I am enthusiastic about education, students and working in a library.
 
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I believe that I have the right skills and qualities required for this role, I am a dedicated and hardworking individual. I understand that all children are unique and have different styles of learning. I know that it is crucial to be patient and communicate effectively with the children. I also know that enthusiasm and praise goes a long way, this gives the child confidence and when a child is confident in the learning they can achieve great things.
 
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With my experience in my previous role where I have had to deal with clients who have experienced traumatic events to Court Judges I feel I have developed good communication skills, organisational skills and a high standard of reading, writing and numeracy skills. I am able to build good relationships with both adults and children showing enthusiasm with a positive attitude with whatever is asked of me. I am flexible, willing to participate and creative. I am patient, empathetic and have a sense of humour which is vital for the role.
 

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#4 of 25

In order to be a good TA, you need to know the subject well. How have you performed in this subject in past classes as a student?

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I have my masters degree in School library Media and I was a middle school librarian for one year.
 
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I have my masters degree in School library Media and I was a middle school librarian for one year.
 
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Throughout my education I have always performed well in all subjects. I have always been able to keep up to speed with my peers and achieve good results.
 

Education Requirements

Educational requirements, which vary by school district and position, range from a high school diploma to an associate’s degree.

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#5 of 25

Have you ever graded coursework before?

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Yes, I have taught for 14 years.
 
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Yes, I have taught for 14 years.
 

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#6 of 25

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

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I collaborate with others on different ways to teach and activities to use with students so things are always interesting.
 
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I collaborate with others on different ways to teach and activities to use with students so things are always interesting.
 
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I am a perfectionist, I like to go through things over and over again until I know that I am happy with it. I like to have a certain standard at which I want to produce things and I like to keep them at that standard, this sometimes makes me spend a longer time on tasks, to ensure that they are being carried out properly. I am trying to improve it by trying not to spend excessive amounts of time on tasks that I don't really need to spend that much time on. I try to look at the bigger picture and see if it would really have an impact on the outcome.
 

Work Environment

Teacher assistants may spend some time outside, when students are at recess or getting on and off the bus. Those who work with special education students may need to lift the students at certain times.

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#7 of 25

What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a TA?

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I am outgoing and easy to get along with so I find working with students to be something that I am comfortable doing.
 
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I am outgoing and easy to get along with so I find working with students to be something that I am comfortable doing.
 
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I take pride of my communication skills, as I believe that communication is key for any situation in life. It is essential to be able communicate effectively with the teacher as well as students. I know that I will be able to do this efficiently.
 

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#8 of 25

Where do you see yourself in five years?

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I would like to be teaching students in a library or classroom.
 
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I would like to be teaching students in a library or classroom.
 
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In five years time I see myself as a teacher. It has always been an ambition of mine.
 

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#9 of 25

What do you know about our organization?

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I know the learning environment is improve, morphing into a place that students, classes and teachers can use to further their education.
 
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I know the learning environment is improve, morphing into a place that students, classes and teachers can use to further their education.
 
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I know that Date Palm is a school that focuses on Islamic morals and teachings along with the national curriculum. I know that they strive to provide the best possible opportunities for the children.
 

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Why are you the best TA candidate for us?

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I have experience teaching students, love to use technology, eager to learn and challenge myself and am comfortable helping students and others who use the space.
 
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I have experience teaching students, love to use technology, eager to learn and challenge myself and am comfortable helping students and others who use the space.
 
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I am hard working and well organised. I have experience of interacting with different aged children effectively. I truly enjoy working with children and I believe that when you enjoy your work then you are at your best. I am enthusiastic and I always ready to learn something new.
 

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#11 of 25

Do you enjoy working with children?

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Working with children make my day enjoyable and me feel like I have made difference.
 
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Working with children has always been a pleasant experience. Watching them progress and learn new things is a wonderful experience.
 

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#12 of 25

Tell me about your education. How has it prepared you for this career?

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Throughout my education I have had many inspirational teachers. Their hard work and determination has motivated me to work hard in life and achieve my goals. Working hard and keeping up with deadlines has taught me to be well organised. I have had many opportunities where I have had to work as part of a team, this has showed me how to work well with others and take on everyone's opinion to produce a good-quality piece of work.
 

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#13 of 25

What motivates you?

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Helping students learn something new, being around other like minded individuals and making students more independent in their educations.
 
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Seeing the children succeed. When a child has achieved something or learned something new because of your help, you feel proud and it makes you want to carry on with what you are doing an always try to find ways where you can improve yourself so that you can achieve more.
 

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#14 of 25

How would you describe your teaching style?

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I have a cooperative teaching style. I use different methods, depending on what the students need.
 
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I like to interact with the children and make it fun - educational activities that help children learn. Always praise the child and encourage them to complete the task. Tell them that they are doing well and help them with anything that they are stuck on.
 

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What skills do you think are most critical to being a TA?

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Students have to trust the TA and the TA needs to enjoy working with students and helping them improve their skills.
 
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Essential to have good reading, writing and numeracy skills. need to be computer literate need to be able to work on your own initiative confident and comfortable with working with groups of children Patience is key when dealing with children Is able to spot if a child is struggling and can approach them and help them.
 

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#16 of 25

Do you have a high level of patience? Can you give an example for when this was demonstrated?

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My nephew has autism and his anger can sometimes overwhelm him and he can sometimes become violent. When dealing with him it has always been important to remain calm and explain things properly to him. It is also important be patient and give him time to cool off. Shouting or getting angry will not help the situation, remaining calm and keeping a cool head is key.
 

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#17 of 25

How long do you see yourself working for us? If Hired.

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I would like to work for you as long as both parties are happy with the performance.
 
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Few years, as I would like to become a teacher.
 

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#18 of 25

What do you enjoy the most about assisting children in their learning?

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I love to see the moment that the students "get it"
 
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When they truly understand and gain knowledge, watching them prosper into intelligent individuals.
 

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#19 of 25

What parts of being a teacher assistant do you dislike the most?

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I dislike the piles of paperwork that need to be completed.
 

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#20 of 25

Have you ever had an issue with a student? How was the problem handled?

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#21 of 25

Why do you want to work at our school?

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#22 of 25

Tell me about a conflict you have had with a teacher? How was the issue resolved?

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I am used to collaborating with my teammates. I had a teacher who was resistant to collaborating with me. I tried a few times to get her to work with me. She still refused. So I eventually stopped asking her to work with me.
 

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#23 of 25

Do you work well under pressure?

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#24 of 25

What are you career goals?

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I would like to eventually become a librarian or be able to move into the classroom as a full-time teacher.
 

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How did you get along with your last teacher?

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I usually get along with most people and work well with teammates.