Interviewing

Office of Career Services Interview Guide
Provides detailed information about interviewing for all majors.
Interview Questions for Education Majors

Questions you may be asked in an employment interview for a teaching position
Tell us about yourself?
Describe yourself, your background and why you are interested in being a teacher?
What was the nicest thing that happened to you during student teaching?
What characteristics do you possess that will make you a successful teacher?
What are some of the ways you got your students to participate during student teaching?
What is most important when presenting new information to students?
During student teaching what gave you the most satisfaction?
Could you help with extra-curricular activities?
Are you willing to relocate?
What are you looking for in a starting salary?
What are you looking for in a school district?
Of what importance is the amount of money this district spends for each child?
How do you feel about tracks and levels?
Why do you think you deserve this job?
When did you decide you wanted to be a teacher?
During student teaching, were you in a heterogeneous or homogenous classroom?
What classroom management theory did you use in student teaching?
How do you motivate students who you know are capable?
What is the most important thing you can bring to a teaching position?
Do you want your students to understand the material first or be on page__by March?
Where do you want to be 10 years from now?
Where do you think you will make a mark in the field of education?
How do you teach values in a classroom?
How often were you late for class?
When were homework assignments given?
What subject and what grade are you most comfortable teaching?
Why would we be glad if we hired you?
Who are you?
Where do you come from?
And where are you going to?
What grades do you want to teach and why?
How do you handle power in the classroom?
What discipline methods did you use during student teaching?
Give me an example of the rules or procedures you would have in your classroom.
Do you use cooperative learning when you were teaching?
How do you monitor when students are helping each other?
When putting students in groups, how do you monitor whether or not the higher level students is being challenged?
Are you aware of how teacher expectations can affect student performance?
Other than paper/pencil tests, what kinds of assessments do you use?
Why should we hire you?
What is outcome based education?
What is inclusion?
What is main streaming?
Do teachers have to pay attention to individual student differences?
As an elementary teacher, what kind of reading programs would you use?
What have you read lately?
How would you grow professionally while working here?
What, if any, education publications do you read?
Would you be comfortable with teachers evaluating each other's classroom performance?
What do you do in your spare time?
What do you have to offer children as an elementary education teacher?
What are the two most important things you learned at the University of Scranton?
What sport would you like to coach?
Do you have any questions?
Do you use standardized tests or write your own?
How do you get quiet/shy students to participate in class?
What is unique about you?
What qualities do you have that will help with teaching?
What would you change about the educational system?
How would you bring cultural diversity to the classroom?
Are you aware of teacher sexual bias in the classroom?
What do you see as the most pressing concerns in the field of education today?
Why should I hire you?


Some situational interview questions (AAEE Job Search Handbook)
Some of your students always finish their assignments early.  How would you deal with the free time that they have?
How would you work with students who perform below grade level, especially those form disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds?
How would you use teacher aides and parent volunteers?
A student is consistently late to your class.  How do you handle this situation?
What would you do, or how would you treat a student who refused to do the work you assigned?
How would you handle a student who continually "acted up" in your class?
You know that a staff member has been talking behind your back about what he or she sees as your ineffective teaching methods.  What would you do?

Social Studies
What area of social studies is the most exciting? challenging?
Mathematics
What level of Math are you comfortable in?
Do you find Math exciting?
How could you bring your excitement for math into a classroom?
What does the word stadium mean to mathematics?
English
Where do you find writing on a scale of importance to the average person?
Is there a connection between writing and thinking?
Should an English teacher have a background in logic, reasoning, and critical thinking?
How do you feel about Reader's Theater (acting out what is being read aloud)?

    Questions Candidates Can Ask
What is the level of support for faculty by administration?
Does administration have complete control of course contents?
What is the teacher/student ratio?
How many guidance counselors are in this school, and what is their role?
How do you get parents involved in their children's education?
What reading program is used in this school?
Do you have a mentoring program for new teachers?
What is the district's philosophy of education?
How does this district handle disciplinary problems?
What kind of extra-curricular activities does this district provide to students?
What kind of students attend school in this district?
What do you see as the most pressing concern for this district?
Questions to Ask in Education Interviews - State University of New York-Buffalo State Career Development Center

Interview Questions for School Counselors
How would you describe your counseling style?
Do you have experience using any assessment tools?
As a new counselor, what would be the first three things you would do?
What role does confidentiality play in counseling relationship and underwhat circumstances would you discuss student counseling concerns with parents?
What would you do if a student said he/she wanted to tell you something very important, but you had to agree not to tell anyone?
What do you feel is the most important contribution you can give to a counselor-client relationship?
What professional counseling skills do you possess that need further development?
What type students are you least comfortable working with?
Do you have any experience working with "at risk" students?
In this position you will be working closely with a variety of departments and teams. Can you give an example of a time when you worked in a teamand how you contributed to the team environment?
What would you do to increase parental involvement in your students' progress?
Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a stressful situation and how you handled it.
What would you current or last employer say are your strengths? What would your employer say are your weaknesses?
Give an example of a situation when you went above and beyond the call of duty to get something accomplished.
Describe your problem solving style and how you successfully used it on the job.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
What do you look for in a supervisor?
What extra-curricular activities do you feel qualified to supervise?
Do you have any questions of us or would you like to tell us anything about yourself that didn't come up in the interview?

Possible Interview Questions for School Counselors - SchoolCounselor.com