100 Interview Questions to Ask Teacher Applicants

Extract from the publication "Best Practices for School Human Resources Administrators," created by ACSA's Human Resources Council and availabe for sale now from shopACSA.

By James E. Ferguson

  1. What is your educational preparation? (Cite preparation in content area.)
  2. What are your professional experiences?
  3. What is the role of the teacher in the classroom?
  4. How would you describe your last principal?
  5. What was your favorite course in college, and why?
  6. What principles do you use to motivate students?
  7. Describe effective teaching techniques that result in intended learning.
  8. What are your career goals five years from now? Ten years?
  9. State a behavioral objective you taught in your last class.
  10. What is the most exerting thing happening in the area of education today?
  11. What is the most exciting thing happening today in your area of study?
  12. What have you found to be the roughest aspect of discipline?
  13. Describe the physical appearance of your classroom.
  14. Describe an ideal curriculum in your area of study.
  15. How do you implement career education concepts in your classes?
  16. How do you individualize learning in your classes?
  17. Define current curriculum trends in your area.
  18. How much time do you devote to the lecture approach?
  19. Describe independent study projects your students have completed.
  20. If you could choose to teach any concept in your area, which would you select? Why?
  21. What rules have you established for your classroom?
  22. How have you implemented inquiry?
  23. Of what use are behavioral learning objectives in the teaching/learning process?
  24. How do you structure your class to achieve maximum benefit from teacher/student contact?
  25. Describe the format you use to develop a lesson.
  26. What should schools do for students?
  27. Is the teaching of content important? Why/why not?
  28. How have you emphasized the development of basic skills?
  29. How do you handle the different ability levels of students in classes?
  30. How do you account for the affective domain in your teaching?
  31. How would your students describe you?
  32. In what professional organizations do you hold membership?
  33. How would your colleagues describe you?
  34. Why did you choose the teaching profession?
  35. How have you recently improved your professional skills?
  36. What are your plans for future improvement of professional skills?
  37. What is the toughest aspect of teaching today?
  38. What is the role of homework?
  39. What have been your most positive teaching experiences?
  40. What have been your most negative teaching experiences?
  41. How have you contributed toward the development of the total school program in your current position?
  42. What activities will you sponsor if you are hired for this position?
  43. Could a student of low academic ability receive a high grade in your classes?
  44. What is your system for evaluating student work?
  45. What would be the ideal philosophy of a school for you?
  46. What is your philosophy of education?
  47. Why is your field important for a student to study?
  48. How would you handle a student who is a consistent behavioral problem in your class?
  49. How would your last principal describe you?
  50. What five words would you use to describe yourself?
  51. What is your position on teacher advisement programs? Behavior modification? Tracking? Special education? Values clarification? Multi-test approach?
  52. If you found nonstandard usage in student writing or class discussion, how would you respond to it?
  53. In what areas do you feel you need improvement?
  54. How would you handle a student sleeping in your class?
  55. What would you do if a student has been absent from your class for several days?
  56. What provisions have you made for the gifted?
  57. What would a visitor in your class see?
  58. How have you communicated student progress to parents?
  59. What are your recreational activities, hobbies, interests?
  60. How have you stressed the development of cognitive skills within your classes?
  61. Define a superior teacher.
  62. What is your opinion of holding students after school for detention?
  63. Do you like laughter in your classroom?
  64. What units would you include in teaching [name of course]?
  65. How do you assist in preventing the destruction of school property in your classroom?
  66. What is the role of the student within your classroom?
  67. Describe an assignment that you recently gave to your students.
  68. Cite the criteria you would use to evaluate a textbook for possible adoption.
  69. What field trips have you arranged for your classes during this past year?
  70. Have you supervised student teachers, interns, or practicum students? Why/Why not?
  71. Should sex education be included in the curriculum? Why/Why not?
  72. Are you well organized?
  73. Describe a lesson plan that you have developed. What were the objectives, the format of the lesson, and how did you evaluate whether or not the objectives were achieved?
  74. A student tells you he/she has been experimenting with marijuana. What would you do?
  75. Should schools practice corporal punishment? Why/Why not?
  76. Give an example of directions you have given for class or homework.
  77. What are your practices in dealing with controversial subjects?
  78. How have your classes made use of the library during the last nine weeks?
  79. What should your students have gained from having taken your course?
  80. What are your strong points?
  81. What curricular materials have you developed?
  82. How would you change the public schools if you could make any changes YOU wished?
  83. What is your position on competency-based instruction?
  84. What do you like most about being a teacher?
  85. Which aspects of teaching do you like least?
  86. Do you like to have people like you?
  87. What time management principles do you follow?
  88. How do you cope with stress?
  89. What motivates you?
  90. Why do you want to leave your present position?
  91. How have you involved parents in the leaning process?
  92. Describe your last workday.
  93. If you could, what would you change about your present position?
  94. Name the titles of the last three books that you have read.
  95. How many days of work have you missed in the last three years?
  96. What two or three books, concepts or experiences have influenced you the most in your professional development?
  97. Can a school be too student-oriented? Explain.
  98. Why should you be hired?
  99. What questions have I not asked that you wish I would have raised?
  100. If you are selected for this position, what can we do to help you be successful?

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