University at Albany

General Questions for Teaching Positions

This set of questions could be part of an interview for a teaching position. You should also check out general questions and behavioral questions.

  • If a student said she thought you were the worst teacher she ever had, what would you say?
  • If I were your principal and we were setting goals for next year, what would they be?
  • Some people say you should demand respect.  Do you agree or disagree?
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • How would you rank these in importance and why?  Planning, discipline, methods, evaluation.
  • If a student came to you and said, "None of the other students like me," what would you tell him/her?
  • Are you an empathetic person?  Give an example.
  • How can you tell that a person is a good listener?
  • Are you an objective person?  Give an example.
  • What do you want to do with your life?
  • How do you feel when a student does not meet a deadline?
  • It is the first day of class, you are writing something on the board and a paper wad hits you in the back--what would you do?  Later the same day, the class decides to all drop their pencils--what do you do?
  • What was the most frustrating thing that happened to you as a student teacher?
  • What was the best thing?
  • Do you believe you should build rapport with students?  If yes, how?
  • How do you give your students recognition?  Do you think a student can have too much recognition?
  • How do you encourage students to learn?  Can a student be forced to learn?
  • How do you handle a child who seems gifted, but is a discipline problem?
  • How do you feel about computers in the classroom?
  • How do you present a new word to a class?
  • What are your strengths?  What are your weaknesses?
  • What is the role of the principal?  Does a conflict exist between your perception of a principal's role and his/her role as your evaluator?
  • Describe your student teaching experience.
  • How do you establish authority/discipline?  What do you do when a discipline problem arises?
  • What subjects have you taught?
  • Are you patient?  Give an example.
  • Do you ever feel angry with your students?
  • What will you be doing in five years?
  • What is your educational philosophy?
  • What do you like most/dislike most about teaching?
  • How do you feel about noise in the classroom?  How do you handle noise in the classroom?
  • Why do you want to be a teacher?


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