29 Helpful Questions To Ask at Your Teacher Interview

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29 Helpful Questions You Can Ask at Your Teacher Interview

It is time for your teacher interview, and all of the teacher interview tips always tell you to ask questions at the end of your teacher interview. But- what questions should I ask at my teacher interview? What is going to give you a good idea of what it will really be like to teach at this school?

Remember: you are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you! You deserve to find a good fit school, so don’t be shy with your questions during your teacher interviews.

I say to feel out the interview vibe and have a list of 10 solid questions that are important to you. During the interview, some of them might get answered, and you always want to have back up questions. Spend around 10 minutes getting your questions answered at the end of the interview, or 4-6 ish questions.

Use this list of teacher interview questions to create a master list of questions to choose from to end your teacher interview. Remember- you shouldn’t be asking all of these… pick and choose based on what is important to you, AND what you don’t already have answers to.

School Culture

  • How would you describe your ideal team member?
  • How would you describe your ideal teacher?
  • What are some things that your school does very well?
  • What is something your school is actively working to improve upon?
  • What are some school-wide initiatives your school is implementing at the moment?
  • Tell me about your special education service model. How are students with disabilities included across settings?
  • What does family and community involvement look like at your campus?
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Teacher Work Life Balance

  • How does your school/team do lesson planning? How are the responsibilities split up?
  • Is there a school-wide curriculum that your school/district uses?
  • How often does your school have activities and meetings after the school day ends?

Leadership Style

  • How would you describe your communication style as a principal?
  • How would you describe your communication style as a team lead?
  • What type of characteristics are you looking for in your teacher hires?
  • How do you support struggling learners?
  • What does the positive behavior support model look like on your campus?
  • What is your school’s perspective on discipline?

First Year Teacher & New Teacher Support

  • How do you support teachers on your campus?
  • What professional development opportunities are available for staff?
  • What does the mentor program look like on this campus? Is there a district AND school provided mentor program?
  • If I need help with something, who would I be directed to ask?

Collaboration

  • In what ways does your school vertically align?
  • What are some things your school is trying to do to engage families?
  • How often would you say ____grade/department meets as a team?
  • (Ask TEACHERS this if you are in an interview panel) What is something you really like about your campus/school?

Available Resources

  • What technological supports are available for teachers and students?
  • Does your school have any curriculum or resources available for social-emotional learning in the classroom?
  • What is your student to technology ratio?
  • Does your school have a supply closet with basic teacher supplies, or is that something teachers are expected to provide on their own?

Before you stop reading…I do have some thoughts on questions NOT to ask during a teacher interview.

And to be honest, there are some questions I would avoid.

My rule of thumb is- if you can find the answer on their website…it isn’t worth your time *UNLESS* the answer online isn’t clear, or you would like elaboration.

For example, you COULD say, “On your website I noticed that y’all focus on a guided reading model for K-3 reading instruction. Could you tell me more about what that looks like implemented in the classroom?” or something like,”I saw that you have a first year mentor program provided by the district- how often is support provided to teachers within that program?”

So, overall, DEFINITELY definitely ask questions during your teaching interview (even if you think you know everything there is to know about the school), but spend some time thoughtfully preparing those questions before your interview.

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