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Top 25 Vocational Education Teacher Interview Questions

Question 1 of 28
Why do you want a career as a vocational education teacher?
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I do not see many differences between vocation and academia, as both teach a set of skills that provide a platform to enter a chosen career. I want to educate with an emphasis on learning abilities that can be applied across multiple career/life disciplines.
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Because I love hairdressing and I love teaching. I get great job satisfaction by helping others to achieve in life.
3.
Its right before Ss start their first job. Provide guidance.
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I love helping others to find careers that will better their living.
Question 2 of 28
What do you like most about your teaching career?
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I enjoy knowing that children are learning skills that will promote a future that is not dependent upon the govt.
2.
I love the idea that my workplace is constantly changing. I have never seen myself in a desk job or a career where I would do the same thing every day. In teaching, you not only get to be creative but you get the opportunity to shape and build young minds on a daily basis.
3.
I am able to leave a positive in pack on all youths.
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Being able to pass along my passion and knowledge about the healthcare field to students who have at least some interest in it already. Being able to be such a big influence in the lives of these kids when they're at such an influenceable age!
Question 3 of 28
What methods have you used, or would you use, to assess student learning?
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A mix of formative and summative assessments. I like a mix of student learning methods, such as: providing the names of three plants. This uses visual and memory skills. Also, writing a paragraph on how to correctly mow a lawn, uses memory and instructional skills.
2.
I would use teacher observations, kwl, student surveys, and diagnostic, summative testing.
3.
Recap sessions, group discussions, fun quizzes and mock exams all give good light as to whether learning has taken place.
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An interactive seminar section.
Question 4 of 28
When did you first become interested in teaching?
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When I realized how important it was to have a strong, and diverse level of knowledge to function as a useful citizen in society. This would have been when I became passionate about my career during me early twenties when I was experiencing different work establishments and cultures through traveling.
2.
As a child. My mother is a retired elementary school educator. I often played teacher with my siblings.
3.
About 8 years ago when I began my career in vocational education.
4.
From I was a very young age I used to play teacher with my friends in games. I also always loved hairdressing. I left school to pursue a career in hairdressing and after a few years realised I could combine my love for hair and teaching by becoming a vocational tutor!
Question 5 of 28
How have your life experiences prepared you for teaching?
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Not only do you build a knowledge base for teaching the next generation, but you also build a personality and belief that you can share and encourage when teaching.
2.
I have always wanted to be a teacher as a child. As I stated earlier, My mother was a teacher. I am a motivator. I guess being the oldest sibling, I was the peacemaker, and the motivator. I seem to be able to make a subject more interesting.
3.
I grew up looking after 3 young nieces, I now have two young children of my own so I have always had a role in looking after younger people, I have great hairdressing experience in high quality salons and have for the past two years been working as a tutor teaching 16 - 24 year olds hairdressing.
4.
I taking tuiton for childrens. Unitl 2 years.
Question 6 of 28
What are your short term career plans as a vocational education teacher?
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My goal is to incorporate equal learning opportunities for all learners, in a warm but conjusive environment.
Question 7 of 28
Have you ever developed your own curriculum?
Question 8 of 28
How do you motivate a student who is struggling?
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I try to encourage the student, to make the student think positively. I will find out if the student is trying to progress too quickly. I may suggest that they take a couple of steps backwards, and work towards the point where they found difficulty as it may give them better clarity of the situation.
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There are several ways I will motivate a student who is struggling. I would first make sure that they know what they are to do for this day. Another way to motivate a student is to get them involved and ask them why or tell them why we are doing a certain task. I would also give them a sense of responsiblity into what and how they are to do a certain task. I would give them a choice. I would reward them on a job well done, by having a party, certain treats on Friday. A little friendly competition of students in groups.
3.
I try to strike a balance with them. I try to find what interests them and focus on that to get their attention. I think small achievable targets should be set and praised when met. Information should be broken down so it is understood more easily.
4.
Slowly one on one if possible, positive attitude.
Question 9 of 28
What techniques do you use to keep students actively involved during a lesson?
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I have students work in groups, and one on one. I provide activities that allow the entire class to participate. I try to keep the lessons diverse and varied to keep the students attentive. I consistently search for new or different methods to present material.
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I am a big one for getting the students involved in a lesson. I find it makes the lesson much more enjoyable for them and for me! I love doing group activities, team work for quizzes. I love bringing props and visual aids into the classroom like paints for learning about colour theory, and real live tests for hair testing. Hairdressers do tend to be slightly arty so I like to bring chalks and drawing into lessons for face shapes, haircuts and make-up. Bringing willing students up to use the interactive board is also great.
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Giving lots of examples and group work.
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Co-operative learning where learners not only work alone but have freedom to work in pairs or groups, active learning where learners do research for themselves as opposed to being spoon fed, presentations and debates.
Question 10 of 28
Do you manage your time in the classroom well?
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I have learnt that students that disturb the class are the biggest challenge when managing time in the classroom. I have also experienced this, and found it to be true. I search for methods that enable disruptive students to be more cooperative to manage time in the classroom better. I also prepare before each class. I believe that preparation is key to successful instruction in the classroom.
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Yes. I manage my time well. What I do is I use a large calendar to write on. I chart each one of the task I am to perform each week. I also chart my tasks on my smartphone, with notifications so I am alerted what I am to do in advance.
3.
Yes I try to break my lessons up into weeks so they are easy to follow. I always ensure I leave time for recapping the days lesson and student feedback. Obviously no lesson can be planned perfectly to a time because anything can happen in a lesson but I try to judge the student mood and work with them to ensure a smooth lesson.
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I only have so much time in the classroom.

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Question 11 of 28
How do you incorporate cooperative learning in your classroom?
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I would find ways to have the students teach themselves information for a class. I aim to have students utilize each others skills to produce the best results possible when working in groups. This is accomplished through repetitive group work, so that students can learn who is talented at what to achieve the goals that are set.
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First I would make sure that all students would get along. I would tell them what they would be doing that they would be working together in a group setting. They would learn the objective of the task at hand, and why they are doing the task. Arrange how they will be grouped. I will make sure all students will have a role in each group and they will know that they are responsible for their role in each group. They are accountable. Later the task will be implemented. I would go around and observe and help the groups when needed. When the tasks are over, I would accept feedback from the groups to understand if the grouping worked and what is needed for improvement.
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I would break students off into groups and give each a topic to research or come up with answers. This could be a small task that lasts a few minutes or a larger one for example, designing a salon, which could last a few weeks. Cooperative learning can be carried out in the salon also, by teaming students up to create an all over look in a competition.
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Industry tours and guess speakers.
Question 12 of 28
How do you feel about working overtime to meet your deadlines and other goals?
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It is ok when necessary to achieve a goal.
Question 13 of 28
In your opinion, what is the most important workplace skill for someone to master?
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Patience, empathy, interpersonal skills.
Question 14 of 28
How would your former employer describe you?
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My employer would describe me as dedicated; reliable; trustworthy; and calm.
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Cooperative, hard working, thoughtful, positive, dynamic, and creative.
3.
My last employer would describe be as being patient. I have been told by them that I know how to relate to the students. The students I have worked with are the high risk students with behavior disorders.
4.
Very reliable and pleasant to work with, I do not get involved in workplace politics but like to keep my head down and focus on my job.
Question 15 of 28
Describe your student teaching experience.
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My student teaching experience has been challenging. I want to give the students as much information as possible, without giving them too much which could result in confusion and frustration. I am still looking for that balance of useful information that is integral to the students needs. I want to make the experience as fun and entertaining as possible. I believe that this is the key to retaining information.
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I shadowed a number of senior tutors during my training which I fell benefited greatly as I was able to see all different types of teaching methods. From this I was able to pick what methods worked for me and it has helped me become the tutor I am today.
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Training others on chemical analysis.
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Enlightening because of the energy I was given.
Question 16 of 28
What is your philosophy on education?
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To encourage the next generation to be the best at what they want to be. Through positive communication, fun, and engaging classes. By providing pertinent information that is presented in a clear and logical manner.
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I can't think of anything more important.
3.
To help students achieve a deep respect for themselves and others and the career they are embarking on.
Question 17 of 28
What are your long term career plans as a vocational education teacher?
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A vocational teacher in an educational setting, presenting to attentive, and eager student population who feel the need to excel in their lives.
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In five years, I see myself teaching and making a difference in a classroom. I will be a life long learner, learning how to help students stay engaged.
3.
Working for you hopefully! as a respected tutor and internal quality assurance assessor.
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I see my self teaching students as much as possible in their field of study and both them and myself learning from it.
Question 18 of 28
Describe a difficult project and how you successfully completed it.
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I was required to write a Thesis to graduate with a MSc at university. I achieved this project through organization, perseverance, and learning from my mistakes.
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Lack of structure in Out of placements. I decided to break the students into groups according to their abilities and behaviours. I devised extra circular lessons to captivate their attention and keep them focused, these lessons were fun and required a lot of student participation. I grew to know my trainees needs and I was ale to meet them better.
Question 19 of 28
What have your proudest achievements been to date?
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Running my own business. Experiencing new cultures and environments. Pushing my academic abilities. Pushing my physical abilities. Realizing what life has to offer, and making the most of it.
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I have almost achieved my masters degree in Special Education. I have one class left. An action research class, that I am anticipating finishing.
3.
Completing my HND was a huge achievement as it was such a long struggle of hard work and a lot of hours meanwhile holding down a few jobs, having one young child and being pregnant and having another young baby all in the middle of my course! my latest achievements are getting young people through their qualifications and inspiring them to better themselves.
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Several degrees and single parenting.
Question 20 of 28
What motivates you to succeed?
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Envisioning what may lie ahead of what am I striving to succeed at.
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The hope that I may influence someone. Whether it is to read, to be more creative or just want to be of some help to their peers.
3.
I have grown up with two very hard working parents, I like to set goals and achieve them as it makes me feel like I am moving in life. My family are a great motivation. In my job in particular is seeing students achieve what they once thought they couldnt.
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My family and children knowing that I am somebody's role model an my actions will influence in a negative or positive way makes me want to strive for excellent.
Question 21 of 28
How do you keep track of work so that it gets done on time?
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I keep a note pad that I record all deadlines on. I prioritize the deadlines and set myself realistic timelines to meet those deadlines. I also utilize gantt charts for work that is larger in scale, or more project based, to make sure that progress is sufficient to meet the final deadline.
2.
I have a big calendar and I mark tasks on it. I also keep up with tasks on my calendar on my smartphone.
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I have all paper work filed neatly and correctly for ease of access. I believe it is best to do things as they need done, not to leave them to build up as I think that puts pressure on. I keep track of students progress through tracker sheets and milestones which I update regularily.
4.
I am doing my work on time.
Question 22 of 28
What was the most frustrating thing that has happened to you as a teacher?
User-Submitted Answers
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I did not feel part of a team working towards a common goal.
2.
When you see someone with great potential but for whatever reason they throw it away, like a current trainee who is very good at what she does, has a really good grasp on the theory of hairdressing but falls sheep to the crowd and is easily influenced by other demotivated students.
3.
Training someone who left soon after.
Question 23 of 28
What do you know about our school?
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I have read the mission statement, it is a school that aims to make every citizen in society successful at what they do.
2.
You are quite a large workbased training organisation. You have 5 centres across greater belfast. You deliver a number of different subjects across the centres.
3.
It is a school for learners with special needs.
Question 24 of 28
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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I am a positive person who aims to work with team members in the hope that I can make a difference, or improve the community at the school.
2.
I am enthusiastic about my job. I have experience in the field. I do not require training. I am already organised to enrol in University next week. I am willing to sign a contract for the funding of my course or if need be fund it myself.
3.
Because I am a hard worker, I am dedicated to my job and I have a passion for people and working with people. I believe in equal opportunities for all races, social levels, economic status etc in education .
Question 25 of 28
What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a teacher?
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Perseverance. It helps me stay on track even when there are multiple challenges occuring.
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I am a kind and understanding person. I have a good nack for reading peoples body language, I have a soft approach when needed and can assert my authority just the same. I would rather win a student round with mutual respect than shouting them down. I feel my approach to teaching helps me to achieve the best out if my students. If they respect you they will not want to let you down.
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Caring about student success.
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Iam a go getter, I work hard ahrd for what I want, and I fit well in all environments.
Question 26 of 28
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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I think my greatest weakness is my tendency to dwell on the past, and not look to the future. I am continually educating myself, keeping a positive mindset, and communicating with others to improve on my weakness.
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I have a lot of empathy towards people and sometimes learners may take advantage of that, I am working on my class managment skills.
Question 27 of 28
Tell me about your education. What was your best course? Which course was the most difficult for you?
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I have my HND in hair and beauty management, which greatly catapulted me to feel ready for teaching. Through this course I gained a far broader knowledge of the hairdressing industry, the chemicals used in hairdressing products, how to manage my time effectively, and how to effectively deliver presentations in an interesting way. My confidence grew during this course.
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I have a degree in ict and currently pursuing my pgce.
Question 28 of 28
How do you stay up to date on the current job market?
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I constantly read the paper, view online news.

About Vocational Education Teacher

January 7th, 2015

Career and technical education teachers help students in middle school and high school develop career-related and technical skills. They help students explore or prepare to enter a particular occupation, such as one in auto repair, healthcare, business, or the culinary arts.

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