Tough Education Interview Questions - How to Overcome Them

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Don't kid yourself; all interviewers will try their best to detect problems or limitations in your skills, since they will affect how you can benefit their school district. For example, if you had a two-year gap in employment on your resume, many would consider it a problem or a "red flag." Do you have a good reason for it? Do you know how to answer the question, "Tell me about yourself." Open-ended questions such as this are difficult to answer, and many candidates respond by "rambling." Knowing how to respond is critical to securing a job offer.

There are three steps involved in answering interview questions:

  1. Understand what the interviewer wants to find out. They may be wondering if you are dependable, able to handle a classroom, or if you are a team player and how honest you are.
  2. Don't give too much information. This may result in your presenting it in a damaging way. Present the answer in a concise manner and a way that is to your "best" advantage - think before you respond.
  3. Respond to the question and take the chance to present your relevant skills. If you know what they are looking for, you can respond by selling the skills and accomplishments that are relevant to the interview's concerns.

Some of the top problem questions include:

Understand that some interviewers are more likely to hire someone who presents him or herself well, rather than a candidate with extensive credentials. The safest way to answer questions is to emphasize your strongest personal strengths, backing them up with examples that demonstrate your value to the school district.

Knowing the interview questions and their answers can also be pretty helpful as you can well image. We have created two ebooks to do just that, the first is A+ Teachers' Interview Edge and the second is A+ Principals' Interview Edge.


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A+ Teachers' Interview Edge

A+ Teachers' Interview Edge (2nd Edition) contains 152 teacher specific interview questions and potential answers to prepare you for your next education interview. Discover not just what interview questions they'll ask you at your next interview... but also how to answer those questions to ensure you land your dream job!

Find out more about A+ Teachers' Interview Edge.

A+ Principals' Interview Edge

A+ Principals' Interview Edge (2nd Edition) contains 152 principal / administrator specific interview questions and potential answers to prepare you for your next interview. In today's competitive marketplace, you need to be fully prepared and nothing will have you more prepared to ace an interview than knowing the questions in advance!

Find out more about A+ Principals' Interview Edge.