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Vocational Education Teacher Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Vocational Education Teacher interview, here are 35 interview questions and answer examples.

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

How to Answer

When it comes to being in the classroom, share something you feel the most confident in. Maybe it is building relationships, developing curriculum, keeping students engaged, or preparing students for the certification exam. Whatever it is, take this as an opportunity to share an area where you shine and provide a brief anecdote that highlights this strength.

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List of 35 Vocational Education Teacher Interview Questions & Answers

  • Behavioral

    1.

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

      How to Answer

      When it comes to being in the classroom, share something you feel the most confident in. Maybe it is building relationships, developing curriculum, keeping students engaged, or preparing students for the certification exam. Whatever it is, take this as an opportunity to share an area where you shine and provide a brief anecdote that highlights this strength.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Take this opportunity to show off a strength that you have in the classroom. Whatever you feel like you do really well as a teacher, share that with the interviewer, along with a brief example of a time you showed that strength. Don't be shy. There are undoubtedly things you have mastered as a teacher that will add value to this new school. Share openly and honestly to help the interviewer get to know you.

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      1st Answer Example

      "My greatest strength is building positive relationships with students. Most people do not learn from people they do not like. I try to first establish a strong personal connection so that a relationship can form and students trust me. Having established relationships goes a long way and makes a lot of other aspects of teaching more seamless. I find strong relationships lead to better relationships with students' families, more engagement in class, higher attendance in office hours, and stronger grades."

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  • Behavioral

    2.

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

      How to Answer

      Everyone has areas they could grow in, but the key here is to offer a weakness that would not detract from the main responsibilities of your role. You also want to establish with the interviewer that you are already taking concrete steps to address this weakness and improve. This shows you have the humility to accept your weakness and the drive to improve. Share something minor that you are aware needs some improvement and that you've been actively working on improving.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to decipher not only whether or not you are self-aware enough to know of your weakness, but also how you are actively combatting that weakness in order to improve. Share a weakness that does not impact your ability to do your job well and how you are taking steps to improve in that area.

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      1st Answer Example

      "A weakness of mine is long-term planning. I get so excited about what I teach, and I have so much to say, that I often get distracted by projects and questions that come up in class. I'd like some support planning out my units within the broader school year so that it makes the most sense to students. I have already been working on adjusting a few things and hope to meet with an instructional coach or colleague for advice in the near future."

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  • Direct

    3.

    How have your students typically performed on certification exams?

      How to Answer

      Arrive at the interview prepared to speak on how your students have performed on the certification exam in the past. Assure the interviewer that you are the best resource in preparing for the test and that you incorporate lots of practice and preparation to ensure your students are set up for success.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      If the purpose of taking your class is to be prepared for the certification exam at the end, you want to try to be prepared with your previous students' passing rates. Be sure to share how you incorporate test preparation into your day-to-day and how you have familiarized yourself with the test. The interviewer wants to hear that you are the best resource when it comes to all things certification.

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      1st Answer Example

      "For students who are serious about passing the exam, I have about an 85% passing rate. I do a lot of in-class preparation for the exam and we are constantly practicing and studying for it. I also hold study sessions leading up to the exam to ensure that all students get as much practice as possible."

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  • Direct

    4.

    Why are you the best candidate for us?

      How to Answer

      Share honestly why you believe yourself to be the best fit for the role. Don't feel as if you're bragging about your abilities, but share honestly about the value you will bring to the school and the vocational education program. Try to share something that is unique to you that will help you to stand out from other candidates.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to hear what you will offer their school, should you be hired for the position. Try to share something unique about yourself or your experience that will help you stand out among the pool of applicants. Be honest and share what value you would add to the school and the program. Be genuine and honest; your answer here may just help you get the job!

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  • Discovery

    5.

    When did you first become interested in teaching?

      How to Answer

      Assure the interviewer that you are a good fit for the role because you have a passion for teaching and you love what you do. Teaching is not a good fit for everyone, and they want to feel confident that you have really thought about this new role and will not only be a good fit but add value to the school. Be genuine and honest and share how you know teaching really suits your skills and abilities.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Teaching is not for everyone and definitely not for the faint of heart. Schools want to hire people who are passionate about teaching and who will keep going when the going gets tough. Great teachers pour themselves into their work. The interviewer wants to ensure you are the real deal and truly care for students and their learning. Explain why you became interested in teaching and why it is a passion of yours.

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  • Discovery

    6.

    Walk me through a typical day in your classroom.

      How to Answer

      Explain the flow of your class to the interviewer. Try to share what a more exciting day in your class would look like to highlight some of the unique things you plan. Briefly explain what a typical class period might look like, from beginning to end.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to learn more about how you manage your class. How you fill the time says a lot about what matters most to you. Share some of your more unique and interesting ideas as you go about explaining a typical class period.

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  • Discovery

    7.

    When a student fails, what is your first reaction?

      How to Answer

      While teachers do not have total control of their students or the decisions they make, they do work incredibly hard to ensure students can be successful. Many teachers feel personally responsible when students fail even though it is often due to factors outside of teachers' control. The interviewer wants to hear that you will do everything within your power to help students, and that means helping them pass your class.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Ensure the interviewer that you go above and beyond for students. Just because a student seems disinterested or has poor attendance, that does not mean they get left behind. Share how you motivate students and how you empower them to perform their very best in your class.

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  • Discovery

    8.

    Tell me about yourself.

      How to Answer

      If you are one of those candidates, don't beat yourself up! There's help, and it comes in a simple, easy-to-learn 3-part framework.

      Past: Provide a brief overview of your career journey.
      Present: Discuss your current career situation, as it relates to the job opportunity.
      Future: Talk about your career aspirations and how this future opportunity is a fit.

      When you frame your response using the Past, Present, Future method, it helps you to keep your thoughts on track, allowing you to deliver a well-organized answer with impact. If it feels more natural to you, you can also frame your answer as Present, Past, Future.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      A great place to start is to understand the reasoning behind the question. Primarily, the interviewer will use this question as an icebreaker. However, to the candidate, it feels like being put in the hot seat. Allow the interviewer to get to know you a little bit and briefly share your past and present career opportunities and your future career plans.

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  • Discovery

    9.

    Beyond technical skills, what transferable skills do you prioritize?

      How to Answer

      Impress the interviewer by placing importance on the whole student and stating your commitment to helping them develop into adulthood. Feel free to provide a brief example or anecdote of a lesson or moment when you highlighted a professional skill.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Soft skills, transferable skills, employability skills--whatever you want to name them, they are equally as important as the technical skills you will teach. Highlight that teaching these soft skills are top of mind when you are in front of students.

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  • Discovery

    10.

    How do you stay up to date in the subject you teach?

      How to Answer

      Share how you ensure you are communicating the most relevant information to your students. State that you understand the importance of remaining relevant and how you go about doing so. Consider sharing about things like conferences, any publications or journals you subscribe to, any professional organizations you are a part of, and/or any connections you have to the field.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to hear that you remain in touch with the latest and greatest in your field in order to keep your course relevant for students. Share that you are only interested in teaching about the most up-to-date techniques, methods, machinery, and tools so they are prepared for and are competitive in the workforce.

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  • Discovery

    11.

    Have you ever developed your own curriculum?

      How to Answer

      Be honest with the interviewer and describe how much of what you teach is uniquely yours. Even if you haven't developed all of it, share what you have developed and your reasoning for doing so. Feel free to also share resources that you access to supplement your curriculum.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Teaching from a provided curriculum is a lot different than developing your own curriculum from scratch. If you have experience doing this, you should absolutely share that. Developing a curriculum takes time and is an impressive skill; immediately increases your value as a teacher.

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  • Discovery

    12.

    In your opinion, what is the most important workplace skill for someone to master?

      How to Answer

      Consider what is most important to you when it comes to students leaving your classroom and navigating employment. In your experience, consider what actually gets people hired, beyond the technical knowledge. Mention how you also prioritize teaching this important workplace skill so your students are as prepared as possible to find a job.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to hear that you go above and beyond your duty of teaching technical skills and also teach some transferable or soft skills that will help your students gain and keep employment, communicate with clients appropriately, and gain the trust of the people around them.

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  • Discovery

    13.

    What is a short-term career goal of yours as a vocational education teacher?

      How to Answer

      Share with the interviewer a thing or two you'd like to achieve within the next school year. Maybe there is a certain professional development you want to attend, maybe there is a certification you want to earn, maybe you want to incorporate a new software or program into your classroom. Whatever the case may be, be prepared with an idea or two to share as to how you want continue to improve.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Teachers are constantly looking to improve their craft. Consider how you could improve your lessons or teaching ability within the next school year. Share honestly with the interviewer about something you are wanting to tweak or improve, so they can see you are someone who takes initiative to improve your craft.

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  • Discovery

    14.

    How would your former employer describe you?

      How to Answer

      There's a good chance the interviewer may contact your former employer, so be sure to be honest about what they may say about you. Think about the feedback they've given you in the past and share what they've expressed are some of your best qualities. Consider what they might say about your work ethic, your ability to work as part of a team, and what value you add to the workplace. You can also share general strengths of yours that your former employer likely noticed.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer asks this in order to gauge how you were perceived by your former boss. They want to see that you are aware of the energy you give off and whether or not you had a positive relationship with your manager. Be sure to keep your answer positive, and be honest about how they may describe your strengths, work ethic, performance, and overall attitude.

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  • Discovery

    15.

    Why do you want a career as a vocational education teacher?

      How to Answer

      Share your excitement and passion for the role as you explain your reasoning for wanting this new role. The interviewer wants to hear that you are genuinely excited about this job. Sharing a personal anecdote or reason for wanting to be a vocational education teacher can go a long way.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to learn more about your professional journey, passions, and interests. Share your personal reasons for wanting this new role and why you care about vocational education. Maybe you have a personal anecdote or experience that would strike a chord with the interviewer. Share from your heart to communicate your true interest and excitement about the role.

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  • Discovery

    16.

    Describe your student-teaching experience.

      How to Answer

      Because there are alternate ways to becoming a teacher, the student-teaching experience can look different from teacher to teacher. If you have student-teaching experience, share how your experience was and all that you learned from your cooperating teacher. If you do not have student-teaching experience, share how you were properly trained for your role and all the learning you've done to prepare for your students.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to learn more about your educational journey and hear all that you've gathered from real classroom experience. The best way to learn how to be a good teacher is to observe great teachers and practice in a real setting. Share about all that you learned during your training and how it shaped the teacher you are today.

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  • Discovery

    17.

    What are your long-term career plans as a vocational education teacher?

      How to Answer

      Schools value commitment, as it is hard on the school and on students when there is frequent turnover. Without overpromising, share with the interviewer that you will be committed to their school, and share how you would add value to the program. Maybe you have a grandiose vision for your class or the department. Maybe you have an interest in leadership. Be honest and share your professional plans.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to see that you are willing to stick it out with their school for the foreseeable future. Of course, plans change and people part ways, but it is best to give the impression that you are hoping to stay at their school for the near future and add value in any way you can. Without overcommitting yourself, share your plans and dreams for the future, with what you will contribute to the school as a top priority.

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  • Discovery

    18.

    What have your proudest achievements been to date?

      How to Answer

      Share a moment or two from your college years, your previous professional life, or a personal accomplishment that you are proud of. The interviewer wants to hear about something that was meaningful for you and that you worked for, so let some emotion and passion shine through your answer. Be honest and share openly about an achievement or two that you really worked hard for.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to learn more about some of the things that you've worked hard to achieve and are proud of. Share something that you are truly proud of, whether it be personal or professional. Explain the steps you took to achieve it and how you felt afterward.

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  • Discovery

    19.

    What motivates you to succeed?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to hear what motivates you to continue on, even when the going gets tough. Consider what has helped you during college or in a previous job. Maybe you respond well to incentive systems, or you enjoy being publicly praised, or you feel a lot of pride after a job well done. Maybe you feel most appreciated when a colleague notices you going the extra mile and lets you know. Whatever it is, be specific and share it honestly with the interviewer.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The best managers know their people well and are familiar with what motivates them. The interviewer wants to know how they could help you feel comfortable and stay driven while working for them. Share what keeps you motivated and working at your highest capacity.

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  • Discovery

    20.

    How have your life experiences prepared you for teaching?

      How to Answer

      This is a great opportunity to share information about your college experience and how that prepared you, as well as any other professional experience you have. You may want to share about an influential teacher or class, your student-teaching experience, and/or any real teaching experience you have that has shaped the teacher you are today.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to hear where you've done the majority of your learning when it comes to teaching. Even long-time teachers are constantly learning and refining their craft. Share what has most impacted you and shaped you into the teacher you are today.

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  • Discovery

    21.

    What is your philosophy on education?

      How to Answer

      If you have completed any amount of education classes, you've likely had to think deeply about this and draft an answer at some point. Start by sharing why you are passionate about teaching, specifically teaching vocational education. Next, share the 'why' behind how you do things in your classroom. Consider what you value most and how that impacts student learning.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      While this question can sound intimidating, the interviewer is really asking why you want to teach and what you believe to be true about teaching and learning. Share your beliefs as to how you run your classroom, what students need in order to be successful, and how you foster an environment of learning in your space.

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  • Discovery

    22.

    What do you like most about your teaching career?

      How to Answer

      Share your favorite thing about your teaching journey. Don't hold back here and allow your passion to shine through your answer. The interviewer should be able to feel your love for the job as you share the most rewarding aspect.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to hear why teaching brings you joy. It is a hard job, so it's important to focus on the moments that truly make it worth it. Share why you fell in love with teaching so the interviewer can feel your passion and dedication to your career.

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  • Education

    23.

    Tell me about your education. What was your best course? Which course was the most difficult for you?

      How to Answer

      Briefly walk the interviewer through your academic journey. Share where you attended classes, what you enjoyed most, the classes you thrived in, and those you struggled in. Keep your response positive to demonstrate you made the most of your experience and are now prepared for this new role.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer asks this question in order to get to know you better. Even though they may have access to your resume, they want to hear about your educational journey from you. Share what you enjoyed about your classes and what was difficult for you. Above all, remain positive and share that you made the most of your educational experience.

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  • General

    24.

    How do you feel about working overtime to meet your deadlines and other goals?

      How to Answer

      You may want to share any commitments you have to things outside of work, but it is wise to accept the overtime ask from time to time. Without promising anything you can't commit to, share that you would be open to overtime in order to perform at your best for students.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      While your working hours will likely be outlined in your contract, teaching is not your typical 9-5. Lots of extra hours go into planning lessons, setting up your room, assisting students, and fulfilling other responsibilities at the school. Let the interviewer know you are aware of this and without overpromising or overextending yourself, you would welcome the idea of overtime from time to time.

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  • General

    25.

    What do you know about our school?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer will want to hear that you've done your research and know a little bit about the school where you're applying. Before your interview, find the school's social media channels, visit their website, and/or do some research to find out what makes the school unique. Share your findings with the interviewer and comment on what impressed you so they sense your interest and curiosity in their school.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to ensure that you've done your homework and have some knowledge of their school. This shows you took the initiative to learn about the school and communicate your interest level in the new role. Have a few things prepared to share that impress you and maybe a question about something you'd like to learn more about to demonstrate you did your due diligence in getting to know the school.

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  • Operational

    26.

    How do you incorporate cooperative learning in your classroom?

      How to Answer

      Learning is social. Students often learn more from each other than they do from teachers, so it is important to not only incorporate cooperative learning in your classroom but to teach students how to effectively learn cooperatively. Working as a group, listening, speaking up, and sharing are all important life skills that are relevant in the workforce. Demonstrate your awareness of the importance of cooperative learning and share the ways in which you encourage it in your classroom.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer asks these questions to ensure that you know the importance of cooperative learning and to see whether or not you encourage it in your space. Learning comes easiest when students have the time and space to discuss their learning and problem solve with each other. Share that you prioritize cooperative learning and help students do so appropriately in your classroom.

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  • Operational

    27.

    Do you manage your time in the classroom well?

      How to Answer

      Time management is a crucial skill for teachers. They only get a certain amount of time with their students each day and over the course of the school year and they have a lot of material to cover in that time. Assure the interviewer that you are great at time management and planning in order to maximize student learning.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Strong time management is essential in teaching. There is lots of material to cover over the course of a semester and a school year, so careful planning is necessary to ensure students are exposed to all content. The interviewer wants to hear that you can accurately plan out lessons and units and hold yourself to the timelines you've created. Assure them that time management and careful planning are your top priorities.

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  • Operational

    28.

    How do you build and maintain positive culture in your classroom?

      How to Answer

      Share with the interviewer why positive culture is important to you and how you go about fostering a space in which this is prioritized. Perhaps you share about relationship building, agreeing to classroom rules, holding students to high expectations, helping students get to know each other, modeling effective communication, normalizing making mistakes, or shouting out positive behaviors. Whatever your go-to strategies, share what you believe about classroom culture and how to maintain a positive learning environment.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      A big part of teaching is making sure all students feel welcome and affirmed. This means laying the foundation for a positive environment at the beginning of the year and upholding that expectation throughout the year. Demonstrate to the interviewer that you take this task very seriously and share how you go about creating a learning environment in which all students feel safe and supported.

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  • Operational

    29.

    How do you incorporate technology in your classroom?

      How to Answer

      When responding, highlight your awareness of the necessity to incorporate technology into the classroom. Share ways you've utilized Chromebooks, iPads, various apps, and multimedia into your lesson while also mentioning some of the platforms and software you're most familiar with and use regularly. Let the interviewer know that you are committed to continuing to use technology in the classroom to ensure students are comfortable navigating various devices and platforms.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Technology is constantly advancing, and it is only to students' advantage to be exposed to it as much as possible. Teachers today are expected to integrate technology into their lessons so students grow more and more comfortable with navigating new technology and using the internet as a resource. Communicate to the interviewer that you understand the importance of incorporating technology and a few ways it is used in your classroom.

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    30.

    What methods have you used, or would you use, to assess student learning?

      How to Answer

      A huge part of teaching is tracking student progress and celebrating growth. Teachers are generally required to assess whether or not students have met benchmarks and are catching on to new material. There are strategies that teachers utilize during lessons in order to ensure learning has taken place. Share how you track learning both during and after lessons to ensure learning and growth in your students.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to hear that you are aware of the necessity to assess student learning and that you have some strategies in mind to determine progress and growth. The interviewer wants to ensure that you are aware of this responsibility of an educator and that you have ideas to track your students' performances. Share a few strategies you might utilize during and after a lesson to track learning.

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  • Operational

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    How do you keep track of work so that it gets done on time?

      How to Answer

      Because time management and productivity are extremely important on the job, share some of the strategies you use to stay organized and produce quality work. Maybe you keep an online or paper calendar, create to-do lists at the beginning of each week or day, block out time for certain responsibilities like grading or answering emails, or you like to have lessons planned two weeks in advance. Whatever your tried and true strategies, be specific and share how they keep you organized and on top of your game.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Time management and prioritization are incredibly important in the workplace. In many roles, colleagues and/or students may be counting on you to get your work done and be prepared for the day. It is important to have established systems to keep organized and ensure work gets done on time and to the best of your ability. Share the systems that have served you well in the past.

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  • Operational

    32.

    What techniques do you use to keep students actively involved during a lesson?

      How to Answer

      Share how you keep students' attention while teaching your lessons. You have likely developed some go-to strategies that help students to stay focused. Maybe you utilize a slide deck or multimedia so students have visuals, maybe you tell stories, or maybe you incorporate a lot of movement to cater to different learning styles. Share how your strategies impact student learning.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to hear that you are well-versed in keeping students engaged in learning. Teachers do not simply stand at the front of the room and read from a textbook! It is surely not easy, but you should have various techniques you call on in order to keep students focused during your lesson.

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  • Operational

    33.

    How do you motivate a student who is struggling?

      How to Answer

      While teachers cannot control everything that happens in their classroom, they are responsible for engaging and motivating students to succeed. Share how you might motivate a student who is hesitant or even uninterested. Consider strategies like leading with a hook, sharing personal narratives, building relationships with all students, offering extra help, pairing them with a positive peer, or catering projects/assignments to their interests.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer asks this question in order to see the lengths you will go to meet a student where they're at. Building relationships is crucial, first and foremost, but so is assessing various strategies to get the student involved and excited about the work. Show the interviewer that you have a few strategies up your sleeve that you rely on in order to engage all learners.

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    34.

    Describe a difficult project and how you successfully completed it.

      How to Answer

      Share the details of a difficult project from your college years or a previous job and walk the interviewer through how you took steps to complete it. Try to highlight your leadership, initiative, and determination throughout the project. Be sure to include any details that show off your work ethic and will to succeed.

      Written by Audra Kresinske on January 15th, 2022

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer asks this question to see what you consider a difficult project and how you went about tackling it. They want to see what resources you used, how you solved problems that arose, how you worked with others and utilized the strengths of your team, and how.

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    35.

    What was the most frustrating thing that has happened to you as a teacher?

      How to Answer

      Briefly share what happened that was frustrating, but try to shift the conversation to how you are able to roll with the punches and can maintain a positive attitude even when experiencing challenges. Growing frustrated is going to happen, but what is most important is how you deal with whatever life throws your way. Demonstrate your ability to remain calm and collected.

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      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer wants to hear what pushes your buttons and gets you frustrated as an educator. Without being too negative, share a frustrating experience and how you made the best of it. It is common to grow frustrated at some point at work, so be honest but keep your answer positive and explain how you responded positively to adversity.

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