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Top Teacher Interview Questions

Here is a list of questions we've curated from leading schools and teachers in the NYC metro area. Prepare away! E-mail us at hello@getselected.co if you have any new ones to add!


  • Tell me about a time you and a colleague disagreed. How did you reach a resolution?
  • Tell me about a time you experienced failure. What did you do?
  • Describe a time you encountered a rule or practice in an organization that made no sense, and what you did.


  • Name one piece of feedback you’ve received and how did you incorporate this feedback into your practice?
  • What are two things you need to further develop in your teaching practice?
  • Name a mistake you’ve made as a teacher. Why was this a mistake?

Scenario Questions

  • Tell me about a tough situation you had to handle with a student. What was it? How did you resolve it?
    • Follow up: If you could back in time and encounter the situation again, what would you do differently?
  • How would you deal with a student who is habitually late?


  • When do you feel most successful (personally or professionally)?
  • Describe the most significant team accomplishment of your career.

Teacher Practice

  • Which statement do you believe is more true and why? A) High self-esteem leads to greater academic success B) Academic success leads to higher self-esteem.
  • All classes have a range of learners. How do you support the struggling students while balancing the needs of your highest performers?
  • How do you measure whether students understand what you're teaching and what do you do with that information?
  • What is your vision for classroom culture and how would you begin to establish that culture during the first two weeks of the school year?
  • What role do parents of students in your classroom have in the education of their students and how do you build relationships with parents?
  • Is it possible for students to learn from a teacher they don’t love?
    • Follow up: Is it possible for a teacher to teach a student they don’t love?
  • If I walked into your classroom on a typical day, what would I see and hear?

Who Are You?

  • What are three words you would use to describe yourself? Why?
    • Follow up: What are three words your current manager would use to describe you? Why?
  • What is the biggest misperception people have of you?
  • What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?

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