Why do you want to become a teacher?

 

We try to understand what motivates you to do the job, and your general attitude to teaching.

Basically what we want to hear is that you care for our institution and our students. You can say that you want to lead the children, to be a good role model. Or you can say that you believe to have the right personality for the job, and enjoy teaching immensely.

On the top of that, you should not connect your job choice with the past, saying that you want to become a teacher because you have graduated from the field.

Such an answer would indicate an obligation, not a desire. Try to speak with enthusiasm about your teaching mission, and show us that you really want to teach.

 

Sample Answers

I believe that children need good role models and leaders in order to create healthy attitudes, opinions and formulas of thinking. Many children come from divorced or incomplete families, and it is not easy for them to find their place in life, their leading figures. They struggle to live well. I want to help them to find their place, and teach them all they need to know to make right decisions. I consider this my mission, and that’s why I decided to pursue teaching career. I can’t imagine doing anything else for living.

I really love being around children. What is more, I can teach well, and I enjoy doing this job, as far as my experience goes. One should have a job they love. That’s why I decided for elementary teaching.

I always liked to listen to others, and to teach them. I was an excellent student and I helped fellow pupils with their homework while studying at the University. I actually gave math classes to other students. So I know what it means to teach, and I feel I have something to give to the students, and to my future employer.

 

This questions was easy. What about the difficult one?

You will face many questions that are way more difficult than this one. Questions such as:

  • A parent calls you because they are worried about their child’s low grades. What would you say to the parent?
  • What do you consider to be the toughest aspect of this job?
  • What do you expect from the administrators and from the principal?

If you’re not sure how to answer these questions, check my eBook, the Teacher Interview Guide. You will find some great interview answers directly on the eBook page, so it makes sense to check it even if you do not want to buy anything…

Thank you, and see you in an interview!

Glen

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