We have read your resume. We know what you have done before applying for this job–if anything.
But we may still ask about your experience, to see whether you talk positively or negatively about teaching, your former colleagues and superiors, your own experience.
We also want to see if you idealize this job, or if you see it realistically, with all good and bad things that belongs to teaching.
Talk about your practice
In every first world country, teachers have a chance (and often an obligation) to teach before completing their studies. It doesn’t matter whether you taught in a teaching practice, residency program, or worked as an assistant teacher before – in all instances, you have something to talk about in an interview.
Recall the experience briefly, and summarize the lessons you learned along the way. It doesn’t matter how difficult or easy it was for you. Try to focus on the good things in your answer.
The same applies to seasoned teachers. If you have years of experience under your belt, try to speak about those years with love. We should not get the feeling that teaching bores you, that you do not enjoy it anymore.
I spent one year at Boston Teacher Residency. I taught alongside older professionals. I must say I really enjoyed this experience and learned a lot from the other teachers. Every day was different, and I felt like understanding each student better and better as we progressed in the program. This experience helped me to understand that teaching was a right choice for my career, and now I am motivated to teach, and to put into practice everything I learned at BTR.
I taught at elementary school for three months, during the last year at the college. It was difficult at first, as I found it hard to cope with the discipline issues in the classroom. However, after few weeks I found my ground, and I learned what worked with the students, and how to keep the discipline at a reasonable level. It was an extraordinary time, and to be honest, I still miss the children.
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What teaching methods do you prefer and why? What would you do if a student was complaining about an assignment you’d given? Do you think that all the students should be treated equally, or that there should be an individual approach to every student, in accordance with their abilities and potential?
These are just three of many difficult questions you may face in your interview. Check my eBook, the Teacher Interview Guide to see brilliant answers to twenty-eight interview questions for teachers.
You will see some sample answers directly on the eBook page, so it makes sense to check it even if you do not want to purchase anything.
Thank you, and see you in an interview!