What would you do if a student was complaining about an assignment you’ve given?


A job candidate sitting in front of an interviewing panel

Sooner or later, we will start to inquire about specific situations from a classroom, trying to assess your readiness for the job, see your attitudes, and your way of thinking.

We will either ask you what you would do (situational question), or what you did before (behavioral questions). But it doesn’t matter if we ask you about past, or about the future; the intentions are always the same – to assess your readiness for the job, and attitude to teaching.

You should have an answer for each common situation that can happen in a classroom. Conflict of two students, angry pupil, low discipline, complaining about assignment, chicane, and so on, and so forth.


Realistic idea about the job

On the top of that, it is important to ensure the hiring committee that you expect those things to happen, and that it will not affect you negatively in job, that it won’t discourage you. We prefer to hire candidates who are positive about teaching, but who have a realistic idea about the job at the same time.

You can also say that you would seek the help of a school counselor, if you struggled to solve the problem. People in hiring committees know that a great school is always a team effort.


Sample Answer

First of all, I would always try to explain the meaning of each assignment. They should understand why I assigned it. But if someone was still complaining, I would have a personal talk with them, trying to understand the reason for the complaints (problems at home, lack of self confidence, emotional struggles, many other things) and I would solve the problem accordingly. If the discipline problems continued, I would seek the help of a school counselor.

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