Going to a teacher interview can be quite nerve-racking, overwhelming, and daunting. It is essential to take time to research the school or school district to determine what teacher interview questions to ask at the end of the interview.
Many professional educators become overly anxious and nervous during the interview process. If you suffer from these symptoms before or during your interview, you are not alone.
The key to keeping these symptoms under control is to adequately prepare yourself for the interview beforehand by practicing interview questions and answers.
Knowing how to answer and ask teacher interview questions will help you to succeed in your next teacher interview.
If you’ve prepared for the interview ahead of time, you will have practiced several answers to general interview questions. Preparation will build confidence and assist you to perform better during the teaching interview. When interviewers ask you a question, respond by first listening to each interview question all the way through. Be thorough and concise when replying.
Don’t try to use one question as the catalyst to recite everything you know. If you heard the question but lost a part of it as you thought ahead, ask to have it repeated or rephrased to give yourself a little time. Listen carefully, then formulate a well-thought-out and genuine answer.
It is all right to say, “I’m not sure what you are asking. Can you rephrase it for me please?” Asking for clarification is better than trying to answer without fully understanding the question. It’s all right to tell the interviewer you don’t know if indeed you don’t know and even if you tried, you couldn’t fit the question into one of your belief statement frameworks.
It’s necessary to be honest, even if you can’t answer a question. Everyone would like to know the answers to each question. It’s always better to answer honestly. If you try to make something up, the interviewer will know, and you will only make yourself more nervous.
A willingness to learn about something you don’t know is a desirable trait in an educator. Don’t rush your responses to interview questions. If you need a minute to think and formulate your answer, then do so. It is always better to answer thoughtfully than to ramble on while searching for something to say.
If you experience nervous tendencies during the interview, use all the techniques for stress management that you know. Breath deep, pause and think clearly before answering each question. Always take a few seconds to organize your thoughts rather than say the first thing that comes to mind. Also, remember everyone in the interview room has had to undergo an interview to get where they are.
Many educational leaders tend to be sympathetic to new teachers – they remember what the process is like and are compassionate to what you are experiencing. Use this realization to help you calm down.
After the question and answer portion of the interview, the interviewers usually will ask if you have any questions for them.
If your interviewer asks you this, then I would take advantage of this opportunity. If you have questions and you are not invited to ask them, feel free to ask if there is time for a few questions after the interview is complete. Take your cues from the interviewer on how long you have to continue.
Don’t feel pressured to ask questions, but keep in mind asking a few genuine and relevant questions will show interest in the position.
Ask questions you can’t find the answer to on the school website or questions that are of real interest to you.