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Answers to Top 5 Questions They Ask in a Teaching Interview
If you’ve been called for a teaching interview, you should start preparing right away. While they might ask you questions about your subject, there are also some questions about your personality. These Human Resource questions are very generic and have no right or wrong answers. They reflect your communication skills and presence of mind. Make sure you prepare for them before appearing for the interview. Here are some common questions asked in a teaching interview.
Tell us something about yourself
This is a standard question. It’s an introductory question that gets you speaking and sets the environment for the interview. Keep it short and simple. You can talk about your experience and qualifications here. Don’t forget to mention why you love teaching your subject. This will show your passion.
How would you communicate with students’ parents?
If you’re applying for a position in an elementary school, they will almost always ask you this question. You can say that you have an open-door policy and all parents are invited to come and discuss their concerns any time they want. You can also specify that you call up all parents during the first week of school to introduce yourself and find out more about their child. In most schools, students above grade 3 would be required to get the assignment book signed by their parents. This will also act as a communication tool between you and the parents.
What is your teaching methodology?
It’s always a good idea to add a little humor to your class. You can talk about your teaching style and how you like to be open to students have a little space for humor. They will ask for an example, so make sure you have one ready. Depending upon your subject, you can give an example where you would incorporate classroom-appropriate humor.
Are you flexible with your approach? How?
Since most schools and colleges have students from various backgrounds, they want a teacher who is flexible with their approach. Tell them that you’re sensitive about other cultures and that you understand and respect the values of students belonging to different backgrounds in a classroom. Also mention that you use classroom lectures, hands-on approach, and debates to help the class become more receptive to your teaching.
How do you evaluate students?
Tell them that while you take regular tests and quizzes, there are also some other ways that you use to assess a student’s performance. For example, their level of class participation is an important factor for their evaluation. And if you see that a particular student isn’t participating that much, you try to involve them with the rest of the class.
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