California Association for Employment in Education

Commonly Asked Questions by District Recruiters


Most school districts have specific questions and evaluation criteria for their recruiting efforts. Candidates are likely to be evaluated in a variety of areas including motivational skills, classroom management, subject area knowledge, communication skills, lesson planning, individualized instruction, and personal attributes including enthusiasm, sensitivity to cultural differences, maturity and willingness to be part of the "team". The list below gives examples of the kinds of questions teacher candidates can expect to encounter in an interview.
  • Briefly describe your background and experience.
  • What qualities do you have that make you an effective teacher?
  • Describe your discipline/behavior management system and how you would be about implementing it.
  • Imagine you are watching a lesson being taught. What would tell you that this is an effective lesson and why?
  • Describe how you would do long term planning and short term planning (year long/semester and weekly/daily).
  • Describe the kind of (language arts/reading, math, social studies, science) program you would use and how you would implement it.
  • What do you think are your greatest teaching strengths? Weaknesses?
  • What skills and experience do you have in relation to teaching multicultural or underprivileged students?
  • Describe how you would assess students for placement, on-going progress, etc.
  • Describe your views on staff development. What kinds of development would you seek?
  • As a teacher new to a school, what would you see yourself doing to contribute to healthy staff relationships and to become part of the staff?
  • What could a principal expect from you? What would you expect from a principal?
  • What kind of home-school communication would you establish?
  • What would you expect from the parents of your students and what could they expect from you?
  • What special skills/experience would you be willing to share?
  • What is your philosophy of education?
  • Standardized tests are big news in school today. How would you prepare your students for taking the tests and how would you use the test information?
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