Friday, 16 January 2015

TOP 50 TEACHER INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ANSWERS UK/AUSTRALIA

TOP 50 TEACHER JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS WITH ANSWERS
Here we come with Teacher's job interview questions with answers, We come with top 50 interview questions for teaching job, the questions generally aren't unique.The same set of questions usually asked. Teacher/professor job is most famous job in UK and Australia, as well as in USA and India also. So the questions prepared according to UK/Australia/USA and India.
So if you belong to any above country then this set of questions is for you  this set will help you to prepare for teacher job.
Here are 50 most frequently asked questions during teaching job interview, with answers. So go through the following interview questions and build your confidence
and crack your interview easily.

1) Tell us about yourself?
Ans.When you walk into an interview, remember to always expect this question and be prepared for it.Your interviewer is not looking for a lengthy lecture or your life story
just give them short introduction of yourself including our goals, past job experience, achievements, skills, strengths and passion.But always tie it back to how it will help you
in teaching.

2)Why did you choose teaching as your profession?
Ans.With such an open-ended question, be specific but refrain from rambling on too much.Don't give long and boring answers just be direct and to-the-point.
Pick one main reason why you chose the career path and elaborate with a few specific points (keeping in mind the job requirements). Show them how much focussed you are and
how much you know about the job.

3)Tell us about your experience teaching in X school? (about past school)
Ans.Don't give detailed Explanation just tell them about your successes with students and your teaching strategy which made your working easy and interesting.
And you can add one or two incident also.Or you can say no with a simple smile if you are a fresher or don't have any experience in this field.

4)what is your strategy/philosophy of teaching?
Ans.Teaching philosophy is just why you are teacher and how effectively you teach students,handle their problems ,raising their performance etc. You need to be very confident
and proud  while answering this question.Your answer should have goals for yourself,for students and how you teach.As this question is very common in interview so you need to
prepare in advance for this and make sure that you don't sound like you are giving speech or what, so just be real and use your own words ,add some more details to it.

5)What or Who influenced you to become a teacher?
Ans.Just give them a short and smart answer with that person's name or incident which inspired you most.
Answer the question in a way to set the stage for the rest of the interview.

6)What is your favourite age/grade/subject to teach?
Ans.Be honest here,there is nothing to worry about this question.And for example you can say like -( My favourite class to teach is a room that doesn't depend on a specific
grade level.Children are so diverse in their abilities and interests that often, I find grade levels and ages are simply a measure we place on a child to determine numbers
for a class) OR you can give your own smart answer.

7)Do you make learning fun for students?
Ans.Interviewer just want to check your commitment and passion for teaching.Simply say yes,you do.And tell them that how you incorporate fun in your classroom in a variety of
ways and methods you used in past schools like following up lessons with a fun activity ,go on a field trip etc.

8)What do you like most in teaching?
Ans.There are 50 of reasons to love teaching and you don't need to explain all to impress your interviewer.Just tell them your favourite reasons to love teaching such as you
love to help the students to achieve their best,working with them,learning from them, using different teaching methods to motivate them to learn.This is just your chance to
show them that how much you are deserving for this job.

9)Why do you want to join us?
Ans.The interviewer is looking for proof that you really know why you want to work with them.Effective research( on school you are applying for) will surely help you to answer
this question smartly so plan to dedicate some time and energy for research work.First you need to learn about your career goals and how this position fits into your plan and
Make sure that you are sincerely interested in the job and will be motivated to perform if hired,this will impress your interviewer too.

10)What was the most irritating thing about teaching?
Ans.The interviewer may be concerned about how negative you get, particularly over topics and in situations where they do not think you should be upset and how you respond to
and control any tendency towards anger because Understanding the anger can lead to understanding of the goal of a person.This question is designed to find out if you get along
well on teaching , with students and whether or not you'll be a fit with the interviewer's school. It's a trap. Think real hard but fail to come up anything that irritated you
about teaching. A short positive response is best.

11)Describe one incident which made you satisfied as a teacher?
Ans.Here interviewer wants to check your satisfaction level.So you need to be honest here and share the most special experience you had with your students(their success story)
which made you satisfied as a teacher.

12)How long you would like to work with us?
Ans.Show your commitment here and be honest as possible when you answer.You may say that actually I am looking to make a long term commitment.Yet I will work as long as my
presence is beneficial for your school and students as well as mine.And if you know you are going to be relocating to another city in two years you should say so. Plans change,
but you want to make sure that you are honest about what can be expected of you. If you plan on it being a long term position say so.

13)What was used in historic times as the basic calculator, made out of beads.
Ans.The answer is Abacus and add some information related to it, if you know.

14)Do you think you are overqualified for this position?
Ans.With a little preparation you can turn this question around and demonstrate the benefits to the school if you are given the job, rather than purely focusing on why you want
it.So avoid saying like “I can’t find anything else and I really need a job”, even though that may be the case. That sounds frustration.State that i am are very well qualified
for the position.Even if I'm overqualified for this job it is better for your school as well as me for future prospectives.Overqualified person does not lose, he stays ahead of
others.

15)What is your salary expectation?
Ans.Interview question regarding your salary expectations is a bit tricky.If you cite a salary too low , you may seem desperate and if you quote a salary that too high
then you may be eliminated for further consideration.So you may include in your answer that salary is not your first priority.For you teaching is more valuable than that
so you only expect a considerable salary according to your ability and school norms which will full-fill your economical needs.

16)When you can join us, if hired?
Ans.This can be a common question to be asked at the end of an interview.It feels like a simple question, but it really isn't. So.So before answering this question think about what
you absolutely need and what you would like.So the best response is to convey a willingness to start working as soon as possible.However, if you do have another job while
you're in the application process for a new one, you need to be tactful in how you answer.

17)Tell us about your family background?
Ans.First always be positive about your family background.Just simply tell them how many members are there in your family,their qualifications and how they influenced you to
become a teacher.

18)What are the latest techniques we can use in class management?
Ans.Latest techniques like :
*Activity
*Climate(i.e classroom climate, mood or ethos)
*Time(how to use it effectively)
*Space(how to exploit it to best effect)
*Effective discipline methods
*fairness" (most desirable qualities in a teacher).
Or there are many techniques available which you can present to your interviewer in a effective manner.Answer Of this question will show your creativity and ability to manage
the class.

19) How to turn an spoiled student of a wealthy family into a very focussed hard-working student?
Ans.This will be tricky question for you.Here you need to show your ability to handle spoiled students and you can add many things to your answer like by knowing our students,
observing their personality,enforcing rules consistently on them ,finding out reasons of their spoiled behaviour,by varying the degree of dependence or independence of the
learning activity and then taking effective measures and using different ways to make the studies interesting for them.Bye trying to be a friend to the students because
when a friendship is built,student starts loving his teacher and after that students obeys whatever his teacher says.
 
20)Describe the biggest challenge you've ever had to face?
Ans.Your interviewer want to check that what you consider a major obstacle and how you talk about yourself as you share the story of what you've overcome.First look for work
related things that presented huge challenges and for which you were able to find solutions.Then share that challenge and include why you considered it such a big challenge,
so it doesn't look like you are skirting their real question.It shouldn't be too long or dramatic.Or Have ready details of a challenge you completed successfully.


21)Tell us about your discipline philosophy in detail?
Ans.As discipline is one of the most important concerns in schools today. You should definitely plan on being asked a “discipline question”.You answer will depend on your
teaching style, the position (including age group) you are interviewing for and your past experience.So provide a clear and concise statement and back it up with examples.

 
22)Why should we hire you?
Ans.This question will deal with your ability to sell yourself.Here you need to think of yourself as a product and why should the customer buy you? Give them the valid reasons.
The best way to answer this question is to make a short list of your qualities,skills similar to the job profile you are aiming at in a paragraph that
would point out the positive aspects that you would bring to the new job position.Show up your quick learning and excellent communication skills to the interviewer.

23)How would you deal with gifted student?
Ans.A gifted student in the midst of the regular students can be a challenge in terms of addressing his or her particular needs and capabilities.First define what is gifted
student is for you and then share the methods you previously used to deal with gifted students.You can mention more points like:
*By familiarize Yourself with the Characteristics of Intellectually Gifted Students.
*Letting Go of "Normal".
*Conducting Informal Assessments.
*Involving Parents as Resource Locators. ETC
Show up your understanding and familiar behaviour here.

24)How do u communicate with parents ?
Ans.This question will come up at almost every school at all levels(primary,higher and secondary).You can share your past communication methods you used to regular communicate
with parents about their child's performance or any complaint.Communication can be any possible way – text, email, phone or a note home.But be careful that your answer should
not create any doubt in interviewer's mind so try to give smart answer including effective methods of communication for that you can do some research on also.

25)Do you feel it's appropriate for kids to use internet in school?
Ans.First share some positive aspects of using internet in school like the Internet can be a wonderful resource for kids. They can use it to research school reports,communicate
with teachers and other kids, and play interactive games.But that access can also pose hazards.So  it's important to be aware of what your kids see and hear on the Internet,
who they meet, and what they share about themselves online. Just.Just like any safety issue you keep a close eye on their activities. To make an answer effective and valid you can
mention about the internet safety law also i.e the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), was created to help protect kids online. It's designed to keep anyone from
obtaining a child's personal information without a parent knowing about it and agreeing to it first.But even with this law, your kids' best online protection is you.

26)How much homework do you give?
Ans.Answer can be like:The general purpose of homework would be to prepare students for a forthcoming presentation or new topic and to provide students with necessary practice
to help them masters concept presented in the classroom.But students do have other responsibilities after school so you don't want to overwhelm them.And you will use the basic
formula for homework i.e Homework = Grade level × 10.It refers to the total amount of homework per student—not the amount of homework per subject. This can effective formula
for giving homework which will not overload the students.

27)What subjects have you taught?
Ans.This question will focus on the subjects that you have taught (or want to teach) so the questions will depend on your qualifications, skills, and experience. For example,
if you are an English teacher, you will be asked questions related to teaching English, and, if you are a special education teacher, you will face questions related to special
education.So speak honestly and relate your answer with the subjects you are wanted to teach.

28)Do you have any questions for us?
Ans. First prepares you for questions to ask the interviewer. An.An interview isn't just about responding to the prospective interviewer's questions; it is an opportunity for you
to impress the panel with examples of your foresight regarding the position they are offering.By asking questions,you can also determine if the fit is right.It shows your
interest in the position, and helps to develop rapport.But only ask questions about which you cannot get answers to through your research.

29)Why did you leave your last job? 
Ans.By this question interviewer is looking for judgement of your character.So don't refer to major negative issues and never speak unkind of co-workers or school.If you do,
you will be the one looking bad. so stay positive while answering this question.Look for a positive reason such as city transfer,an opportunity or other forward looking reasons.

30)What do you know about this school?
Ans.The interviewer wants to know if you've done your homework or not.So before going for interview you need to collect information about school as much as possible,go through
the school's web site.Research about achievements,history,Values,current issues and key players of school you are applying for.

31)How do you handle work stress and perform well?
Ans.Interviewer want to know about your ability to work well under stress.You may say that yes you're able to get the job done even when things get a little bit stressful,
just make sure to furnish some real examples of your ability to work under pressure in a prior job.

32)What makes a school successful?
Ans.An successful school must first be a place where students can feel safe, physically and emotionally. It must be a supportive community where kids—and teachers—of all
backgrounds can focus on learning. To create a climate of safety, halls and classrooms must be free of behaviour like fighting, bullying, and harassment.Make a brief effective
statement with a proper selection of words about what you believe about the qualities a school must have.And include some effective points like :
*Atmosphere of excellence
*Equity
*Remuneration, Resources and Respect
*School Safety and Security. ETC

33)Give an example of something valuable you learned from a colleague. 
Ans.Here interviewer want to discover your interpersonal skills,values and motivation level.Be prepared in advance to answer this question and share the example in which
show their behaviour and teaching styles that inspired you and how you transmit the lesson learned form him or her to your students and highlight the qualities that would be
valuable to in position your are applying for in your answer.

34)Tell us about your strengths as a teacher?
Ans.First be aware of your strengths and areas for improvement as a teacher.Then relate your answer to the interviewers requirement for the position.Some of the following
strengths you can include in your answer to make it more catchy or effective:
*Being flexible
*Patient in dealing with the students and what goes on in the classroom
*Being willing to learn and try new things
*Calm and good rapport with students
*Being very organized. ETC.

35)What do you think about value of homework?
Ans.As i discussed about  general purpose of homework would be to prepare students for a forthcoming presentation or new topic and to provide students with necessary practice
to help them master the concept presented in the classroom.Share some positive aspects of homework like :
*It leads to Good work habits,
*A sense of responsibility,
*A connection between school and home, and
*An outlook that learning happens everywhere. ETC
Just share honestly what you personally think about the value of homework.

36)How would you deal with aggressive parent?
Ans.Show your patience level to your interviewer and you may say like:
*First you will just listen
*Then you will categorize the issue that parent is talking about
*Validating the parent’s feelings by telling them that you understand why they’re upset and why they feel the way they do
*Taking responsibility
*By apologizing and fixing the issue
*And after taking care of the problem,you will contact the parent to let them know.

37)What would you do to develop yourself as a professional teacher?
Ans.You can develop yourself by keeping up with current literature,participating in workshops,by learning new skills,gaining knowledge.By finding new techniques, methods
and approaches equip you to plan and deliver interesting and effective lessons.If you love to develop yourself regularly then you will not face problem to answer this question.

38)What do you think about team teaching?
Ans.The interviewer who asks this question wants to know that do you enjoy working in a team teaching, have any experience in this area or not or what are your views on this.
So share your experience with if you have had, but only speak about the positive aspects of team teaching such as: its is an effective way to get the best from the each team
member according to their speciality, its a best way to teach large group of students or generating new ideas for team members.If you haven't had any experience then you can
tell them that how much you know about this and how much you are interested & excited about the possibility of participating in this.

39)What are your weaknesses?
Ans.Such a tricky question.the interviewer ask this question to reveal your shortcomings,but if you use the right way to way then it can be a golden opportunity to show that
you are right for the job.You just need to show yourself in the best possible way.Think about it in advance and you’ll be able to answer this question smartly that helps you to
come across in a positive light.And Try to turn a negative into a positive.Take a look on some examples:
*You are too much of a perfectionist.
*You work too hard sometimes.
*You are too detailed person(spending time on every single point).ETC
Just don't be too honest here.

40)What makes a good teacher?
Ans.Good teacher is one who can deal effectively with people and students from all backgrounds and socio-economic groups.You can mention some of major qualities of good
teachers like:
They set high expectations for all students,are well prepared and organized,form strong relationships with their students and show that they care about them as people,
communicate frequently with parents,engage students and get them to look at issues in a variety of ways ETC.

41)What experience do you have in teaching field?
Ans.Start with details that relate to the position you are applying for and from how many years you are working in this field.
If you don't have any specific experience,get as close as you can.

42)Do you think you are successful?
Ans.Good question needs good answer so always say yes whenever you are asked this question.Start with smart explanation including your knowledge you gained ,your creativity and
some goals that you listed have been reached and say you are on the way to achieve others.

43)What did you do to improve yourself last year ?
Ans.The best way to handle this question is simply to always spend some time working on your skills in whatever way you can.
So read more books especially self-helps,join master classes.There are various new skills and sources which can help you to learn and acquire more knowledge.If you put effort
into improving yourself regularly then this question will not be a serious issue for you.

44) Have you ever been asked to leave a position?
Ans.It will be great if you can answer NO but you need to be honest here so if your answer is yes, just say it.It can be turned into a positive one by saying that yes,you've
made mistakes and learned valuable lessons from them. But don’t spend time blaming the people that let you go. Only discuss them with respect, even if you’re angry about what
happened.

45)What are your long term goals as a teacher?
Ans.This interviewer wants to  test your ability and ambition to develop yourself as well as the ability to plan for the future.Just show that how much serious you are about
your career.Being descriptive and shooting for a big goal is something interviewers want to hear.Say about your goal,the difficulty with the goal and show the step required to
achieve that goal.This will show that you are not discouraged with difficult situations and will never give up.It will be a short answer that goes a long way.

46)What would you do to raise children's self-confidence and aspirations?
Ans.Here you need to show up your concern for students and your motivating quality to the interviewer.So you may say that:
*you would observe children and then inspire them to fix a goal for study and life as well.
*You will help student to make a time table so that he can do all things on right time.
*Encouragement plays an important role in the success of a child so you would find out strengths of weak students and applaud him with encouraging words.
*If a child is given confidence, he will feel his importance and worth. Once confidence level of weak student increases, he will improve.
*You will try to be a friend to the weak child because when a friendship is built,student starts loving his teacher and after that child obeys whatever his teacher says.
or there are many ways to raise children's morale and confidence so you can mention them too but in brief and don't sound overconfident.

47)How would you encourage creativity in your classroom?
Ans.Creative teaching is important to maintaining your students's concentration levels.As a teacher you will have to come up with new and innovative ways to maintain your
student's concentration.So first you need to describe the importance of creativity and show up your creative nature by your effective answer.Add some points to your answer
like:
*You will Establish connection amid the students' real lives and classroom.
*You will Look out  ways to spread learning prospects at classroom.
*Permit frequent discussion and interaction amid students in the classroom.
*Offer safe class environment that permits risk-taking. ETC

48)Tell us about your reading habits and your favourite book?
Ans.This is just casual question and just to see that you are well rounded person or not.But, you could also use question as opportunity to demonstrate something unique about
you or to bring up an aspect of yourself not previously addressed.So you don't need to think so much on this question but make sure you are aware about the books ant their
authors you'll about to mention.If you haven't read a book in years and don't have any reading habit so, just find a short book about something that interests you

49)What qualities do you want in idol principal?
Ans.The interviewer want to know your opinion about a successful principal and which qualities that a teacher and a principal must have.So the qualities you can mention here
are:Principal must take responsibility for school success,lead teaching and learning,should hire,develop and retain excellent teachers and build a strong school community.
OR you can mention more effective qualities you know.

50)What would you do to increase performances of weak students ?
Ans.There are 100 of ways to increase performances of weak students such as:
1.Teachers should  try to understand problem area. Problems may be a child’s friends and family or his personal condition. Psychological analysis will definitely give a reason
why a student is not learning and help finding a solution.
2.Encouragement plays an important role in the success of a child. Teachers should find out strengths of weak students and applaud him with encouraging words.If a child is
given confidence, he will feel his importance and worth. Once confidence level of a weak student increases, he will improve. ETC
So you should be aware of and familiar with all the ways or methods of improvement then only you will not face any problem while answering this question.You can share your own
experiences also related to it with your interviewer this will make a great impact on them.

Best of luck !
Stay positive and keep teaching :-)

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