Interview Questions Answers for Principal and School Teacher

Interview Questions Answers for Principal and School Teacher

The personal interview (PI) is an important part of the recruitment and selection process for Teachers, Professors, Lecturers and the Principals into Schools and University Colleges. Through the personal interview the selection board of the school or the college aims to assess the clarity of thinking process, communication skills, teaching style, passion for teaching and overall ‘fitment’ with the school or college. The selection committee of the institute evaluates your interpersonal skills, communication skills and the attitude. It is needless to emphasize that their decisions depend a lot on how well you do during the interview. Hence for the benefit of all aspirants for the posts of Teachers, Professors, Lecturers and Principals we have created this article on Interview Questions Answers for Principal and School Teacher.

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The questions are grouped under important headings. So if you need to do your preparation for a specific type of questions, you may go to that particular section directly. All the questions are in Section A, whereas the same questions with model answers, tips and video are given in Section B .

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Interview Questions for Principal and School Teacher

General Questions

  1. How would you describe an excellent teacher?
  2. According to you, what would be the ideal school environment, and how would you foster that kind of culture?
  3. As head of administration of the school, what do you see as your primary duty?
  4. Upon what basis do you believe school priorities should be established?
  5. What would be your first priority in this position?
  6. What are the most important characteristics of an effective school?
  7. What are the three most important goals you would want to reach in our school? Why
  8. How do you resolve complaints from parents about a teacher – who you know is in error?
  9. How would you describe a successful principal?
  10. What is your passion?

Teaching Style related Questions

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  1. What is your style of teaching?
  2. What is your teaching philosophy?
  3. What type of classroom management system would you implement if you were selected?
  4. How have you used, and how will you use, technology in the classroom?
  5. Have you had experience boosting a student’s self-esteem? If so, how?
  6. What philosophy guides your work?
  7. Would you be interested in participating in after school activities?
  8. What are your views about very heavy bag of the students in our country?
  9. What are your suggestions on the Home Work System in our country?

Leadership related Questions

  1. Why are you interested in becoming the principal of this school?
  2. What’s your leadership style?
  3. How would you describe your leadership style?
  4. What do you see as the major role of the principal?
  5. What do you consider to be your major strengths as an administrator?
  6. What do you see as the first step in initiating a successful change in the school?
  7. How would you encourage a teacher who is discouraged? A student? A parent?
  8. How will you motivate teachers so they will want to try new ideas?
  9. What evidence can you give us from your personal experience that you support the goal of proficiency for all students by 2016?
  10. What role do you see for the principal in school-based decision making?
  11. How will you maintain staff morale when “the pressure is on” in a high stakes accountability environment?

 Team Work related Questions

  1. Give your definition of Team Work
  2. How would you develop the team concept with your staff? With the community?
  3. What specific steps would you take to build rapport with staff?

Questions relating to Professional Development

  1. Share an experience of implementing successfully a model professional development project and explain why it is a “model.”
  2. If you want to bring about change in a school, how would you use professional development of students and teachers to help the change process?
  3. What professional qualities would you particularly encourage in your staff?
  4. How have you encouraged professional development in teachers and non teaching staff members you have worked with in the past?

Discipline related Questions

  1. What is your philosophy of discipline?
  2. How do you handle student discipline?
  3. Share your method of dealing with a student who is continually disruptive in class?
  4. Tell us how you would handle a situation where a student has been sent to your office because she has forgotten her homework for the fifth day in a row
  5. What do you do when a teacher isn’t doing a very good job?
  6. How would you deal with a student who is habitually late?

Culture in School related Questions

  1. As the Principal, how would you create a culture of academic excellence in a school? How have you done that in previous jobs?
  2. How would you involve parents more in students’ education?
  3. How do you communicate with parents?

Behavioral Questions

  1. What are your greatest strengths?
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
  3. What would you say to an angry parent about their child’s marks?
  4. What would you do if you suspected neglect or abuse in the home of one of your students?
  5. If you receive a report about bullying in a class, how would you deal with the situation?
  6. How would you engage a reluctant student?

Interview Questions Answers for Principal and School Teacher

Question G1 : How would you describe an excellent teacher?

Alternate Question : What personality traits do teachers need to be successful?

Understanding the Question and how to answer it
The interviewer is actually asking the candidate to self asses his own ability to be a successful teacher.

Model Answer
My views are based on my personal experience as a teacher and my observation of other successful teachers. In my view, a good teacher should have the qualities of patience, good communication, flexibility, and self-discipline to be successful. Of course, the teacher must be thorough in his subject.

Teaching can be demanding and sometimes frustrating, but it is extremely rewarding when his students excel. The proof comes in the form of the demand for studying from that particular teacher and his increasing popularity.

Teachers have to consider state/local testing objectives when creating lesson plans while making sure that students are able to master the subject material beyond what is going to be on a test. Students also have different methods of learning and a teacher must be able to adapt their lessons to ensure that all students are engaged and able to learn the material.”

Useful Tip
Show to the interview panel that you possess necessary qualities to deliver in case the job is offered and you have been a successful teacher in the past also.

Question L1: Why are you interested in becoming the principal of this school?

Alternate Question : Why do you want to teach at this school?

Understanding the Question and how to answer it
This question is another often asked interview question to the teaching staff. Hence it is important to prepare a good answer and practice your answers well! Give specific reasons why you’re interested in the school by drawing on the information you gathered during your research.

The interviewer is confirming if you are actually interested in the position or if you are just mailing resumes and showing up for interviews.

Model Answer
I’ve done thorough research on schools within this part of the city and I am very impressed with what your school has to offer.

Your school as best qualified teachers and your students have been consistently winning awards and honors both in academics and sports. I gather that the teaching staff here is one of the best in the area and is very involved.

Thirdly, your school has an optimum teacher-to-student ratio that I think really allows for personalized education. Smaller classroom sizes, like the ones you maintain here, will make it possible for me to ensure one-on-one attention for each child they deserve.

Fourthly, your after-school personality development program is exciting to me and should I get selected here, I would like to get involved in that as well.

Important Tip
Giving specific points in your answer to the interview panel shows enthusiasm, initiative and dedication, as all qualities that are valuable!

Question D1: What is your philosophy of discipline?

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Alternate Questions

• What frustrates you the most in the school environment?
• How do you handle classroom discipline?

Understanding the Question and how to answer it
The interviewers want to know that what is your approach with regards to the matter of discipline in the school. They would also like to know how you’ll behave or act when faced with a situation of indiscipline.

Model Answer
I feel that whatever a person does there is a reason behind it which makes that person to act or not act accordingly. Yes, to the outside world it may or may not be acceptable. Hence the solution lies in looking at the reason more and correcting it rather than dealing the act done by the student.

I get frustrated by the students who think they’re too smart and they do not attend all the classes. They float around and not focus on their studies. They also show their attitude to the teachers who play into that attitude.

My approach has been to give such students a little extra attention and encouragement. This is because such students need to feel that someone else believes in them. By bringing them under my observation and attention radar, I’ve seen some of the ‘rebel kids’ turn into students who are focused, driven and ready to perform well in their studies.

Important Tip
Discuss a situation a fairly common type of situation you experienced and then explain how you dealt with that challenge. You must focus on positive aspects of your style only. In case, you are still frustrated with a situation and haven’t figured out how to work around it yet, it is suggested that you do not use that example in your answer.

Questions T1 & T2: What is your Teaching Philosophy?

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Alternate Questions
• Share with us your philosophy of teaching and learning
• As a teacher, what is your teaching philosophy?
• What is your style of teaching?

Understanding the Question and how to answer it
The selection panel would like to look beyond your knowledge and skills about the subject matter you are to teach, but also your ability to teach well. They want to make sure that your students really learn from you.

This requires you to tell the interviewer about your teaching style or method. You have to tell them that how you will run your class and how you will teach your students.

Model Answer
I am an English teacher, and I believe in raising the level of my students and preparing them to be more successful. It is our ideas, communication and thinking that determine how well we grow in life.

You may recognize that quality of thinking and language are connected to each other.

The better people can articulate, think and express themselves, the more successful in life they are.

Therefore I believe that a significant part of my role as an English teacher is to help people become better by mastering the English language.

I try to create interest of the class in the subject through multiple methods of teaching such as visual, auditory and kinesthetic tools. Besides following the book and syllabus, I often conduct events like quiz, elocution and group discussions to facilitate better language learning.

Important Tip
Be sure that you really do believe in your own philosophy and could stand by it, no matter what.

Question C1: As the Principal, how would you create a culture of academic excellence in a school?
Alternate Question: What can you bring to our school that makes you unique?
Understanding the Question and how to answer it
This question is quite straight forward, asking you to talk about your unique qualities which are relevant to the position applied and would be useful to the school in general.

Talk about your passions and qualities and how you have actually used your ideas to bring value to the teaching and learning in the past.

Model Answer
I love nature and would like to introduce an activity to explore the nature beyond the borders of the school and home. In my current school, I started an after-school explorer’s club. We would go on nature hikes, visit science parks and invite local scientists and biologists to come speak to us about what they’re working on and their domain.

The response has been overwhelming. Some old students who have passed out, still come up to me and tell me how much they loved our club and how it helped inspire them to pursue careers in various streams of science. I would be very keen in continuing the legacy of the explorer’s club in this school also.

Important Tip
This is a perfect opportunity for you to share your unique qualities with the interview panel. Talk about activities you’ve organized which were found to be very useful. Mention about some practice you started and how they created memorable learning experiences.

Question B1: What are your greatest strengths?

Alternate Questions:
•  What is your greatest strength?
•  As a teacher, what are your strengths?

Understanding the Question and how to answer it
When hiring, interviewers regularly ask a question about candidate’s strengths and weaknesses, for any profession. As regards to answering this question in an interview for the position of a teacher, your answer should show how you specifically are qualified for the teaching position.

If you are unable to find the answer to this question, ask your friends and family if they can help you identify your primary qualities as a teacher.

Also think, if you don’t have any relevant strengths, why would someone hire you?

Model Answer
My friends, colleagues and students have a common opinion about me that I am an exceptional communicator. I am usually asked to compère at school functions and formal ceremonies. For many plays and events, I have been the anchor person. I have taken formal training to be a good public speaker,

I have also written a few plays for the school which have been highly appreciated.

Since I am an English teacher, I use my oral and verbal communication skills to teach my subject better to the class.

Important Tip
Don’t think of it as an opportunity to brag about yourself. You are supposed to objectively explain how you are a good fit for the position of teacher in the particular school.


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