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!