Interview Questions

Interview Questions | Shared by Elizabeth Dentlinger at

Interview Questions | Shared by Elizabeth Dentlinger at

In an attempt to help other teachers, I wanted to share the questions I was asked at my interview yesterday:

  • Tell me about yourself and why you’re a good fit for X.
  • Tell us about your study abroad experiences.  Where did you go and for how long?
  • Have you taken students on trips abroad?  Where did you go?  How many students did you have?  How long did you go for?
  • How do you communicate with parents?  How often?
  • How much of class should be instructed in the language?  Do you feel comfortable that you can meet that?
  • How do you reach those “hard to reach” students?
  • Describe your assessments.  How often do you give them and what do those look like?
  • What one word would you use to describe yourself?  What word would your students use?  Your coworkers?  Your administrators?
  • How do you make your classroom student-centered?
  • Tell us about a difficult interaction with a parent.
  • Tell us how you stay up-to-date on the latest trends in language teaching.
  • What does assessment for learning mean to you?
  • How do you incorporate culture into your class?
  • How do you utilize technology in your class?
  • What is the best way to learn a language?
  • What part of joining our school would be difficult for you?
  • Why do you want to work for X?
  • Why you?  What can you offer our students?

Here are the questions I asked to the principal and vice principal during the official interview (I asked many more on my tour with the vice principal):

  • How would you describe yourself as a leader?
  • What do you think is a prominent strength and an area of improvement in the school?
  • Is there anything I haven’t described well enough or answered well enough that would cause you to not hire me?
  • What opportunities within the community does the world language department currently offer their students?
  • What professional development opportunities do you have to offer me?

I recognize that this list isn’t an end-all-be-all list, and it certainly doesn’t include all of the questions I’ve answered in interviews, but I hope this collection of interview questions helps someone out!

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