Ultimate List of Elementary Teacher Interview Questions

Elementary Teacher Interview Questions

Are you preparing to take the next step in your teaching career? Ready to find your first teaching job? Know that it is time to find a better fit school to teach at? Here are 47 questions you could very possibly be asked to answer at your teacher interview.

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Elementary Teacher Interview Questions

(Yes! These have all been asked at teacher interviews.)

  1. Tell me a little bit about yourself
  2. Why do you want to be a teacher?
  3. Why do you want to work at this school?
  4. Tell me about a time you disagreed with a co-worker.
  5. Tell me about a time you had to collaborate with a student’s family member and it was challenging for you.
  6. Tell me about a difficult conversation you had with a co-worker.
  7. How do you collaborate with other staff members at school?
  8. Tell me about your behavior management strategy.
  9. What would you do if you heard another student saying a racial slur to another student?
  10. How do you create an inclusive classroom space for all of your students?
  11. How do you ensure you are following IEP and 504 accommodations for your students?
  12. How do you lesson plan?
  13. What is your approach to long-term planning?
  14. How do you communicate instruction with special education staff, support staff, ESL teachers, Gifted and Talented teachers, etc?
  15. You just completed teaching a lesson…tell us about how you would assess whether or not your students grasped the concept.
  16. How do you communicate with families?
  17. What is your philosophy on family communication?
  18. How do data and assessments fit into your overall planning?
  19. How do you motivate a student who is reluctant to learn?
  20. Tell us about a time that you had to help a student who was struggling to acclimate to a new learning environment.
  21. How do you meet the needs of all of your learners, even if they are at a variety of academic levels?
  22. What would you do if 3-5 of your students consistently didn’t follow your classroom procedures and expectations?
  23. If I walked into your classroom during one of your lessons, what would I expect to see?
  24. Which aspect of our school’s vision statement most resonates with you?
  25. Tell us about a time that you had a difficult conversation with a peer. What happened?
  26. How would you describe your collaboration style?
  27. How do you promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in your classroom?
  28. Which part of your resume are you most proud of?
  29. What inspires you?
  30. Who inspires you?
  31. What do you do with your time outside of school?
  32. Where do you see yourself personally and professionally in five years?
  33. Describe a time you helped someone reach their goal?
  34. Describe a situation in which you were able to influence another person?
  35. What is your favorite part about teaching?
  36. What are the most important skills the students are going to need to be successful in the future?
  37. What methods do you use to monitor student progress?
  38. Describe your teaching style.
  39. Tell me about your experiences working with students coming from culturally diverse backgrounds.
  40. What is a piece of negative feedback you have received and how did you respond?
  41. How do you manage your time?
  42. What daily or weekly routines will be incorporated into your teaching?
  43. What methods do you use to monitor student progress?
  44. How do you keep your students motivated?
  45. What is the biggest challenge students face today?
  46. How would you handle working with a challenging student?
  47. What methods do you use to monitor student progress?
  48. How do you plan out your lessons?
  49. What do you expect from a principal?
  50. What are some ideas you have for school clubs and activities?
  51. How do you incorporate social-emotional learning into your everyday routine?

Want even more interview questions? Here is another list!

Now, before you start panicking…it is not a good use of your time to memorize answers to all of these questions. Instead, I challenge you to think of answers to these elementary teacher interview questions that can be “double-dipped” or used for multiple interview question answers. Using the double-dipping strategy is a great way to save some brainpower and some time during your teacher interview preparation.


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