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Panel InterviewsHighlight your maturity. : How would you handle a student who is a consistent behavioral problem?E. Knowledge: What are your professional goals for the next five years?WomenThe Secret Benefit of a Thank-You LetterShare your desire to learn. Is Tardy: What do you think is the biggest challenge teachers face today?: What is your greatest weakness?Interview Formats and Types: What might your college supervisor want to change about your teaching style?B. Questions About YouD. Classroom Environment: What is your philosophy of education?Asks Inappropriate QuestionsNervousnessPromptness: What personal skill or work habit have you struggled to improve?: What do you want to achieve as a teacher?: What type of person would you hire for this position?Lacks PassionRespect EverybodyGet up to speed on technology. : What can you tell me about inclusion?: How will you involve the community in your classroom?: What book are you currently reading or have you read recently?: How do you motivate reluctant readers?: What aspect of your teaching style would you like to change?: What motivates you as a teacher?: What steps would you take with a student who was disruptive in your classroom?: Why should I consider you for the position?: What things about yourself would you like to bring out that have not yet been discussed in the interview?: Where do you want to be in five years?Preparing for the Interview—10 How To'sOne-on-One Interviews: How will this person make my job easier?: Why did you decide to major in biology (or history or elementary education)?: What are your goals in education? Where do you see yourself five years from now? How does this position fit into your career plans?: Why do you want to be a teacher?: How would you describe the ideal teacher?: What three adjectives would you use to describe yourself?Argues with the InterviewerLesson Planning: Tell me about a time when your co-operating teacher wasn't happy with your teaching.: Why did you attend College?: How do you handle discipline problems?: How would you motivate an unmotivated student?Maintains Poor Eye Contact: What is the most exciting initiative happening in education today?Uses Poor Grammar: Talk about time management.Do Your HomeworkHas a Negative AttitudePassion for TeachingI. Career Goals: If, for one day, you were empowered to make one change to the education system, what would it be?: Why do you want to teach in this school/district?Talks Too Much: Describe a teacher you admire.Is Inarticulate: What are your plans for professional growth?: What were the most rewarding aspects of student teaching?C. Questions About the Teaching Environment: What do you know about this school?: What is the greatest asset you will bring to the teaching profession?: How do you define success?Clothing: Describe the best teacher you ever had and what he or she taught you about teaching.: What are some things teachers do that create classroom-management problems?: Describe the most challenging student you've experienced and how you dealt with him or her.: How would you differentiate your instruction to meet the needs of your diverse learners?Exude confidence. Q: Where were you born?: What are the three courses you took that shaped the teacher you will be?TelephoneD. PresentationBody Parts and Adornment: What was your second career choice?: What skills do you think are most critical to this position?Student Orientation: What is your greatest strength as a teacher?: How would your best friend describe you?: What do you think is wrong with education today?: How would you handle varied reading abilities in your classroom?: What are some of the challenges of inclusion?: How would you handle a student saying, "You are the worst teacher ever! I hate you!"Men and Women: How do you stay current in education?Lacks Confidence and Self-EsteemDemonstrate your time-management skills. : What are some teaching methods used in full inclusion classrooms?E. Questions to Ask Yourself About the Overall Interview: Talk about the physical attributes of a classroom.: What sets you apart from the crowd?A. General QuestionsStories—Tell 'Em StoriesDisplays Negative Body Language: If you could change anything about your teacher-preparation program, what would it be?: What is standards-based education?Hypothetical and Situational ScenariosGives Short, Vague, or Incomplete AnswersC. Education, Training, and Experience: What special skills or talents will you bring to your classroom?: Compared with other student teachers, how would you rate yourself?F. Questions You Shouldn't Even Think About Asking!!Focus on your "can-do" attitude. : What skills or abilities do you still need to develop?: To establish a positive classroom environment, share what you will do the first few days of school.: What are some ways you would communicate with parents about students' progress?: Tell me about a time when you didn't perform well in student teaching.: Please describe the steps you use to plan a lesson.: We have a number of applicants interviewing for this position. Why should we take a closer look at you?Zingers! (and 25 Dynamite Answers): Since this will be your first teaching job, how do you know you'll like the career path?AcknowledgmentsElectronic: What do you think is the most difficult aspect of being a teacher?Blames StudentsIs UnpreparedThe Essential Seven: What would you consider to be a good homework assignment?Student Needs: Why do you want to teach?Showcase your discipline or behavior-management skills. Common Hypothetical and Situational ScenariosProcess vs. Product: What concerns you most about teaching?Communicates Ideas PoorlyUsing ResearchC. Questions to Ask Yourself About the InterviewerTeaching a Lesson: Tell me about a situation that frustrated you during student teaching.: Please describe the difference between content standards, benchmarks, and performance standards.Mock Interviews: If an administrator visited your classroom, what would he or she see?Doesn't Follow UpB. PersonalFollow-Up And Follow-ThroughOffers a Limp or Overly Firm HandshakeF. Questions to Ask Myself About My Overall Performance on This InterviewDemonstrates Poor Listening Skills: Describe how you will deal with different cultures in your classroom.Nontraditional Candidates—What You Need to KnowLikeabilityIs Unwilling (or Unable) to Accept ResponsibilityQuestions to Ask YourselfQ: Do you plan to get pregnant?: How do you plan to individualize instruction?Face-to-FaceG. Discipline, Motivation, and Classroom ManagementResponding to HypotheticalsGroup: Who else are you interviewing with?: What were some of the things you didn't like about student teaching?: Why did you choose education as your career?MenPerformance Interviews: What is the most important quality of a teacher?: Describe a time in student teaching when you failed to resolve a classroom conflict.What You Need to Know: Describe how you will make your classroom and the students comfortable.: What would you say are the broad responsibilities of a classroom teacher?Eye ContactE. Questions to Close the Interview: How will you complement this school?Lacks ConfidenceC. Speech: What does it mean to be a successful teacher?Wait TimeMakes a Bad Impression in the Waiting AreaThe Single-Most Important Question You Must Always Answer!Engages in Inappropriate BehaviorsH. Parents and Community: Describe your teaching style.Has a Relaxed or Informal AttitudeBasic Interview Questions (and 123 Fantastic Responses)Energy: How would your college supervisor (or cooperating teacher) describe you?A. Questions About the School/DistrictF. Curriculum, Instruction, and AssessmentDoesn't Know Current Educational Issues: Why is it important to communicate with parents?Group Interviews: What would you do with a student who has ADHD?: What is your philosophy regarding homework?: How will you integrate technology into your classroom?Is Self-Centered: How have you handled criticism of your lessons or teaching performance?: What is the difference between assessment and evaluation?Practice Makes Perfect: What do you enjoy most about working with young people?D. Questions to Ask Yourself About the PositionPresents a Poor AppearanceHas No Questions for the InterviewerWhat You Need to Know About InterviewsThe Bottom LineIs ArrogantA. Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Strengths: What have you found to be the toughest aspect of discipline?EnthusiasmReality Check : How would you involve parents in the affairs of your classroom?Role PlayingIllegal Questions: What is your philosophy of teaching?: Why did you apply for this position?: Why weren't your grades better?What a School or District WantsHas "Not My Job" SyndromeIs a Know-It-All: Describe an ideal classroom.WomenDon't Mess Up! 43 Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make: How would you involve students in the development of classroom rules?: Tell me about one of your lessons that flopped.Displays No Knowledge of the School or DistrictHiring InterviewsVolunteers Inappropriate Information: What are some strategies you plan on using to teach learning-disabled students?E. Student-Centered Questions: Describe a teaching strategy you use to maximize the learning potential of all students.: What two things would you like to improve about yourself?F. PersonalityQ: How old are you?The Themes of a Teacher Interview: Describe how you would prepare for a parent-teacher conference.Management and Discipline: What is a balanced reading program?D. Questions That Highlight Your QualificationsUses a Cell PhoneBelieves His or Her Methods and Philosophies Are the Only (or Best) Ones: What are you going to do for that kid who just "doesn't get it"?Tells the Interviewer What He or She Thinks the Interviewer Wants to Hear: Who's the toughest professor you've ever had, and why?: What principles do you use to motivate students?: What kind of principal would you like to work for?A. Pre-Interview: Tell me about your most challenging discipline problem.Is Discourteous, Ill-Mannered, and Disrespectful: Describe a situation in which you made a difference in a child's life.Evaluation: What is the purpose of assessment?: Tell me (us) a little about yourself.: What classroom-management techniques do you use or are you most comfortable with?: How much homework will you assign your students?Know Your Strengths: Do you believe you're qualified for this position?Body LanguageUsing AnecdotesIs Not FocusedB. Questions About the Job/Position: Why should teachers use lesson plans?: What are some of your hobbies or leisure-time activities?Put Your Best Foot Forward (The Nonverbal Edge)Show your passion. Displays Poor Social Skills: What experiences have you had working with students other than student teaching?: What will you do if a parent challenges you?: What do you like best about teaching? What do you like least?: What new skills or ideas do you bring to the job that other candidates aren't likely to offer?: What are your plans for graduate school?: What can you tell me about reading-comprehension instruction?: If I hired you today, what would you do first?: What are some ways to let parents know about the positive things going on in your classroom?: What are the essential traits of an effective educator?Screening InterviewsSequential or Serial InterviewsB. Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Weaknesses: If I walked into your classroom, what would it look like?: What motivates you to be a teacher?Questions You Should Ask (and Questions You Shouldn't)Isn't FlexibleSkills and Experience: Why shouldn't we hire you?Men: What gives you the greatest pleasure in teaching?: Tell me something about yourself that I didn't know from reading your resume.Has No Sense of Direction: What do you want your students to remember about your classroom?: Why should we hire you?: How will your students' overall performance improve as a result of technology?Interview Types and SettingsBe current. Using the Essential Seven: What, for you, is the most important aspect about discipline?Gives Defensive or Aggressive Answers: What can you tell me about guided reading?ProfessionalismQ: Are you divorced?J. Round-Up QuestionsThe Thank-You LetterFlexibilityIs Dishonest or Deceptive: What characteristics make a master teacher?: What is your philosophy of classroom discipline?Gives Canned AnswersDemonstrate how your life skills transfer into the classroom. : What is RTI, and what are its advantages?G. OtherVoice: What three expectations do you hold for yourself?Eight Interview ThemesQ: How long have you had that disability?: What can you tell me about differentiated instruction?: What three things really make you angry?First Impressions: How do you deal with stress?: How do you know students have learned what you taught them?: What's the most creative or innovative lesson you have taught?: If you are not successful in getting a full-time job, what will you do?
 
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