Hello everyone, I’m going to tell you how to pass a School Teacher interview. And in particular, I’m going to give you a number of important interview tips to make sure you prepare effectively. And more importantly, I’m going to give you a number of teacher interview questions and top-scoring answers! So, please do stick around and read this article from beginning to end. So, let’s get straight into it.
The First Question of Your Teacher Interview –
Tell me about yourself and why you think you’ll make a good teacher? Let’s take a look at a strong answer to that question. “I am an extremely passionate teacher who decided to get into this profession because of the skills and qualities I possess that are a match for the role. I am hard-working, I always put the welfare and education of my students at the core of everything I do, and I always work tirelessly to give them the best possible start in life through the education I provide as a Teacher. I will make a good Teacher because I have the ability to build strong relationships with my students and their parents. I am kind, patient and caring, and above all, I am totally dedicated to the teaching profession which I feel will be a positive influence on my style of teaching and the results that it brings.” So that’s a strong answer because it is positive in nature. You are telling them about yourself and you are focusing totally on your work ethics, your skills and your attributes, which is important. And also, you’re explaining why you’ll make a good teacher. So you’re coming across as a passionate person who is totally dedicated to the teaching profession.
Let’s Move On To The Second Question –
Why have you chosen our school to become a teacher? Again, a guaranteed question! So why have you chosen our school to become a teacher? They want to understand why you’ve chosen them. And I believe this question will come pretty much early on during your teacher interview. So we need to give them a great answer. Here it is. “I have chosen your school because of the strong reputation it has within the community and it is also clear, from my research that you strive to deliver the highest standards of education possible. Everyone I have spoken to about your school have all had nothing but positive comments to say, and on that basis, I feel this school is the one where I can continually grow and develop as a Teacher. There is a huge amount of responsibility that comes with being a Teacher, and I only want to work within a school that is a match for my own work ethics, standards and values.” So that demonstrates that you have thought carefully about why you’ve chosen their school and also their reputation is a match for your own high standards.
Third Question –
What are the core values you would apply in your teaching? That’s a difficult school teacher interview question, a difficult one. We need to make sure that the core values you apply within your teaching are a match for the expectations of the school. So here’s my answer. “The three core values I would apply whilst teaching would be inclusion, honesty and hard work. It is essential that all students are made to feel valued, appreciated and that their education and development is important. I would also make sure that the student’s parents are informed and kept up-to-date in the progress of their child’s educational development. In respect of honesty; it is crucial the right standards are met, especially when teaching children of such a young influential age. Finally, if you teach children the importance of hard work and determination through your work as a teacher, this will have a positive impact on their future education and instil the importance of working hard, and professionally, in everything you do.” So that demonstrates that you have thought carefully about the values that you would instil whilst teaching. And I like the fact that you you’ve given three core values. You’re not just mentioning one or two, its three specific values. And if you focus on those three, it will be easier for you to remember them when preparing for your teacher interview.
Forth Question –
What do you think makes a good teacher? Here’s my suggested answer. “I believe there a number of things that all combine to make a good, competent Teacher. These are making sure the students feel confident to speak during class where they can ask any questions they want to. This is important because, historically, students and pupils don’t always feel confident enough to ask important questions, meaning they end up missing an important aspect of the lesson. A good Teacher will also understand that everyone learns at a different pace, and on that basis, progress must be measured individually as opposed to being on a ‘whole class’ basis. It is important that everyone progresses, but at a pace that is suitable and applicable to their own style of learning and ability. Finally, a good teacher makes lessons interesting, inclusive and enjoyable. The more enjoyable education is, the more willing to learn the students will be.” That’s a great answer to that question! So, it demonstrates that you know what the role involves, but more importantly, how to be a good teacher. That’s the important part.
Fifth Question –
Tell me about a time when you received criticism about your style of teaching? Now, this is a common teacher interview question, and the vast majority of people would respond by saying – “I’ve never actually been criticized.” And they think that is the right answer, to say that you’ve never been criticized. But here is the correct way to answer this. “I haven’t been criticized often; however, when I first started out in teaching an experienced teacher who had been at the school for a long period of time was assessing me during my first few lessons. This was common practice at the school to make sure all teachers were not only adhering to the school curriculum, but that their style of teaching was applicable to all students. At the end of the first lesson, the teacher raised two important improvement areas with me.
The first was the pace of teaching – I was basically too fast, and I needed to slow down.
The second area of improvement was the fact that I didn’t confirm the teaching points often enough with the students. I took the feedback onboard and started to implement these important aspects in future lessons.
I am someone that, despite now being experienced as a teacher, is always looking to improve and develop and I see constructive feedback as an important part of being maintaining competence in my role. And that last bit is the important part. You are someone who is open to feedback and constructive criticism because a lot of people, not just teachers, find it difficult to take on board feedback if somebody criticizes them. But as a teacher, you have to be open to learning and developing at all times because the educational sector is changing all the time. There are different ways to teach, and the expectations are really high. So, being open to criticism is really important.