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Sample Interview Questions for Teaching Candidates

Not every interviewer will ask you every one of these questions. However, if you are prepared to address these questions, you will leave the impression that you were prepared for your job interview, even if additional questions take you by surprise.


Practice for Interviews

Key to good responses: Give specific examples to illustrate and back up what you say about yourself. Don't just speak in vague, general terms.

Why did you become a teacher?

Tell me about yourself.

Are you an objective person?

Do you like to be challenged?

Describe your student teaching

Do you feel you should build rapport with your students?

How would you handle a school
situation involving racial tension?

How do you establish authority?

How do you handle noise in the

What would you do if you were at the board and a paper wad hit you in the back on your first day of class?

How do you encourage students to learn?

Are you a positive person?

Are you an empathetic person?

Are you patient?

What subjects have you taught?

What are your strengths and

How do you give your students

What do you do when a discipline
problem arises?

What is your educational philosophy?

What do you like/dislike the most
about teaching?

How would you rank these 
in importance and why? Planning, discipline, methods, evaluation.

How would you handle making a
phone call to a difficult parent?

Adapted from Sample Interview Questions for Teaching Candidates compiled by Virginia Tech Division of Student Affairs