Teaching Interview Questions

Teaching interview questions vary a lot but there are a lot of commonly asked interview questions for elementary school teacher positions. It’s a really smart idea to look over potential questions and rehearse a response. Here is a huge list of potential questions you might get asked that you can practice for!

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Teaching Interview Questions:

1. Tell us about yourself and your teaching experience.

2. How do you differentiate to meet the needs of all learners? What does differentiation look like in your classroom?

3. Describe your classroom management style.

4. What experience do you have with technology in the classroom?

5. How would you incorporate technology into your classroom and lessons?

6. Describe your literacy block.

7. Describe your math block.

8. Walk us through a typical lesson.

9. How do you use data to drive instruction?

10. If you were having a problem with a coworker, how would you handle it?

11. How would you handle a difficult parent? (Be prepared for being given a specific parent issue and being asked how you’d resolve it.)

12. Why do you want to work in our school/district?

13. What are your strengths as a teacher?

14. What are your weaknesses as a teacher?

15. How do you communicate with parents?

16. What does your classroom look like during small groups?

17. We use ___ assessment. Are you familiar with it? What testing and assessments do you have experience with?

18. Do you work well on a team?

19. What are your views on homework? How much homework do you give?

20. Do you have any experience with (the curriculum they use)? (Research on their website what they use so you’re ready for this question)

21. What is your experience with (the standards they use)? (Make sure you know the standards for the grade(s) you’re interviewing for!)

22. What would you do if a student is constantly disruptive?

23. How do you keep up to date on best teaching practices?

24. What advice would you give a first year teacher?

25. What have you learned most as a teacher?

26. How do you help struggling readers? How do you help students struggling with math?

27. If you could describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be and why? (Prepare 5 words just in case!)

28. What is your favorite subject to teach? Least favorite subject?

29. What is your favorite lesson you’ve ever taught?

30. Tell me about a time you taught a lesson that didn’t go well and how you handled it.

31. If I walked into your classroom, what would I see?

32. How would you plan a lesson from start to finish?

33. How do you incorporate higher order thinking skills into your lessons?

34. What do you bring to the team?

35. What was the last professional development book you read?

36. How do you handle a student far below grade level?

37. What do you need from a principal?

38. What are your hobbies?

39. How would you use a teaching assistant?

40. How do you feel about parents in your classroom?

41. How do you support gifted students in your classroom? ELL students? Students with special needs?

42. How do you keep students engaged?

43. How do you address bullying?

44. What do your centers look like? How do you use centers?

45. How do you integrate writing into your math lessons? How do you integrate lessons?

46. Why should we hire you over the other applicants?

47. What is your favorite grade to teach?

48. How do you build a strong classroom community?

49. How do you build a rapport with parents?

50. How do you build a rapport with your students?

51. How do you document student behavior? Student learning? Communication with parents?

52. How do you track students’ progress? How do you track data?

53. Why did you become a teacher?

54. What do you love most about teaching?

55. If you could change one thing about teaching, what would it be?


I hope your interview goes well! 🙂


I have a ton of other lists! Check out:

Huge List of Classroom Jobs

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Favorite Back to School Read Alouds

Back to School Books for Kindergarten

Must Have Classroom Tools

Must Have Reading Tools

Must Have Math Tools

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  • Reply
    Krystal L. Smith
    May 17, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Great list! I love this food for thought. This list will keep many teachers on their toes whether they are interviewing or not.

  • Reply
    Krystal L. Smith
    May 17, 2017 at 5:47 am

    Great list and food for thought whether you’re interviewing or not! Thanks for sharing!

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