The job fair in Bangkok was my second job fair experience. The first one I attended for international schools was in Cambridge, Massachusetts four years ago. After going through many rounds of interviews over Skype and in person, I’ve compiled a list of some of the good ones. I think the best way to prepare for an interview for a teaching job is to spend some time reflecting on what you are truly passionate about as an educator. Make sure to have a few examples in your head of lessons and projects that were successful.
What are 3 words that your students would use to describe you? (I got asked this question over and over again!)
What are 3 words your administrators would use to describe you?
What are 3 words your parents (of students) would use to describe you?
What are 3 words your close friends would use to describe you?
How do you use technology in your classroom?
Describe a typical lesson in your classroom. (Going through the step by step overview)
Describe a successful lesson and how you knew it went well.
Why did you want to be a teacher?
What are you strengths/weaknesses as a teacher?
What would your colleagues/administrators say about you?
How do you differentiate your lessons for all the learners in your classroom?
How do you communicate with parents?
What is a difficult situation you faced and how did you deal with it?
If you met your students 20 years from now, what would you want them to remember about you?
Why do you want to teach at __________ (school)?
What do you want to teach__________(grade level) students? What do you like about them?
Why do you want to live in __________ (country)?
What kinds of things do you like to do outside of school?
What kind of extracurriculars would you be interested in being part of?
Describe a difficult student you had and how you handled it.
What are the talents/expertise you can bring to your team?
How do you use assessment in your classroom? Describe how you used the information you gained from an assessment in your instruction.
Why are you leaving your current school?
What did you like the most about your current school?
What was the most difficult thing about your current school?
How do you address the needs of English language learners?
How do you integrate other subjects into your units?
How would you implement the school’s core values into your classroom?
How do you approach classroom discipline?
What are your thoughts on collaboration with other staff?
What is your favorite essential question (UBD model)?
Is there anything else you feel that you want me to know about you, that we haven’t had a chance to talk about. (I think this is a really good question. Sometimes at the end of the interview, you feel like there are things about yourself you haven’t been able to share yet.)
Here are some other good sources for sample teacher interview questions.
100 Teacher Interview Questions
K6 Elementary Interview Questions
Teacher Vision Frequently Asked Interview Questions
Some of the major themes that many schools touched upon were: classroom management, communication with parents, assessment, differentiation, technology, and daily lesson execution. Also, I did prepare a portfolio with sample unit plans, letters of reference, and professional development certificates for the job fair. However, I didn’t end up using it or showing it at any of the interviews! Even though it can be costly to go to one of these job fairs, I would highly recommend it if you are open to going to other countries! 🙂
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