Questions about Curriculum, Content and State Standards
In smaller school districts, you may go through multiple interviews with the superintendent, principal, assistant principal or advisory board. In larger districts, the principal or assistant principal is more likely to conduct interviews. If the pool of prospects needs to be narrowed down further, a secondary interview may be conducted in person or by phone.
Sometimes secretaries conduct a brief screening interview before accepting an application. These questions often include inquiries about your qualifications and your familiarity with state standards, although procedures will vary between schools.
It's a good idea to familarize yourself with the curriculum used at the school where you will be interviewing. You'll also want to read these elementary teacher interview tips if you will be working within the primary grades. On the elementary level, for example, questions about phonics and literacy should be expected, especially for the lower grades:
- Are you familiar with "xyz" curriculum?
- Do you know the six traits of writing? How do you teach to them?
- How important is phonics and phonetic structure? How do you promote phonetic awareness in the classroom?
If you are applying to a school in another state, make sure that you are prepared to answer questions about standards for the region. As mentioned before, questions asked during screening interviews for teaching positions will frequently include these types of questions:
- How do you teach to the state standards?
- How do you monitor a child's progress?