-You can answer most questions by telling a story
-The more you practice answer questions and you think of ideas ahead of time the better the interview will go and the less nervous you will feel
-Use PAST tense; it is essential that it is true
-If necessary you can say I would if you have not had that experience first hand
-You can take time to think about things; they do not expect you to answer right away
-You are allowed to ask questions back if you need more information
-When you give examples say what specific school you are talking about
-Talk slowly
-Backwards Interviewing: keep ideas in your head that you want to bring up that you can incorporate in an answer. You cannot rely on them to ask all the questions
-Have a presence

MOST COMMON INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
1. Tell me about yourself, and why you’re interested in our district?
-background information, what types of schools you have been in, experience you have that relates to the school districts belief
-you need to know something about the school {website, teachers, etc.}
-this is your chance to introduce yourself and make a good first impression --> MAKE IT SOUND REAL!
2. How do you assess your students?
3. How do you include different learning abilities in your lesson plans?
4. What is your behavior management plan?
5. What is your classroom policy policy? policy 6. How would your students describe you?
7. How will you incorporate multiculturalism/diversity in your classroom?
8. If I walked into your classroom in the middle of a lesson, what might you and your students be doing?
9. How do you utilize technology in your classroom?
10. Describe what your ideal classroom would look like (in terms of physical space)
11. What would you change about education today?

-make 2 lists {1 what you like and 1 what you want to change]
12. “I asked a ton of questions about collaboration—within a department, or a team, or with the administration.”
13. What can you bring to this district/school?
14. Tell me about specific lesson you planned and taught. What went well, what didn’t work?


THE EVER-POPULAR QUESTIONS
1. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
2. What were the most difficult questions you were asked?
3. Tell me about yourself and why you want to work for our school district?
4. The vague on such as ‘Describe your student teaching experience.’
5. If you had just one hundred dollars to spend any way you wanted for teaching, how would you spend it?


QUESTIONS NOT RELATED TO TEACHING?
1. Are you a caring person? Tell me about a time you did something out to help a friend out? What was the last movie you cried or laughed at? What was the last book you read?


TEACHER RECRUITMENT--> ACTUAL INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
1. Tell us about your professional background including major fields of study and your experience in dealing with school-age children, including student teaching.
2. Why do you want to teach?
3. Tell us about the steps you go through in designing, delivering, and evaluating a lesson.
4. What do you plan to be doing in five years? What are your career goals?
5. How do you build a sense of identity or a positive self-concept in your students?
6. What special talents, abilities, qualities, or qualifications do you have which have not been brought out in the interview?
7. What do you know about our school district?
8. Why are you the best person for the job?
9. What would your friends say about you?
10. What would your supervisors say about you?




from the art_education@yahoogroups.com list serv

Posted by: "Patricia Knott" pknott_6@comcast.net pknott_99

often questions come up on these lists about job interviews

I am an art coordinator K-12 and these questions came from one of my most
favorite elementary principals and one of the best at making good
judgments about teacher potential.

1. What is your educational background?
2. Describe some characteristics of an effective art teacher?
3. What did you do to prepare for this interview?
4. What are the 3 most important skills or ideas all students should
learn from an art curriculum?
5. How do you know students are learning?
6. How would you integrate communication skills in the art program?
how do you make connections to other learning?
7. What kind of behavior pushes your buttons?
8. What is an effective lesson? ( Example of objective)
9. How do you deal with the diversity of types of learners in a class
( When and how would you differentiate a lesson?)
10. How do you teach problem solving in the art curriculum?
11. Talk about your experience with technology.
12. What would you say to a parent that challenges the way you teach?
( how do you communicate with parents)
13. Who has had the most influence on your thinking and philosophy?
and why?
14. What do you uniquely have to offer the school community?
15. Is there a question you wished we would have asked and didn't?
16. What questions do you have for us?
17. If you had an unlimited budget, what would be your favorite lesson to teach to an kindergarten class? A middle school class? A high school class?


*Be smart- know all the current jargon. Show that you will do anything. Focus on the teacher skills. It's a tough market and it's a
crap shoot -- really!
**