The following are interview questions that, with collaboration of my staff, I utilize when considering a candidate for instructional employment. The questions that I have compiled are ones that I believe are the most valuable and productive questions to ask when interviewing a prospective candidate. It is important that I am able to asertain as much information relating to experience, educational philosophy and instructional approach. These questions are a guide for me during a very important process in acquiring the most qualified and most compatible educator for my staff.
Interview Questions for New Hires
1. If I walked into your classroom, what would I see?
2. How do you differentiate instruction to meet the needs and learning styles of all learners in your classroom?
3. Describe a time when a lesson went wrong. What did you learn and how did you adapt?
4. How do you evaluate student learning?
5. What has been your biggest teaching/classroom challenge, and how did you overcome it?
6. How would you handle the following situation? - A student feels you are treating them unfair and feels that
you show favoritism to others.
7. Describe your familiarity with State Standards and Benchmarks and the Grade Level Content Expectations and how
you incorporate them into your lesson plans.
8. In what ways does working collaboratively with staff enhance your teaching and what would you do if you disagree
with the thoughts or plans of a subject/grade level colleague?
9. How do you handle parents who are disgruntled or upset with your grading system or classroom policies?
10. How do you develop community in your classroom? In the school?