Interview Questions

All about you

  • Tell me about yourself
  • What experience do you have?
  • What have you done since graduating?
  • What is your teaching philosophy?
  • Why did you decide to become a teacher?
  • What does a good teacher look like?
  • What does an effective teacher do?
  • What is the difference between a good teacher and a great teacher?
  • Use 3 words to describe yourself
  • Do you have any weaknesses?
  • What are your main strengths?
  • What is your favourite subject to teach? Why?
  • What is your least favourite subject to teach? Why?
  • How have you changed as a teacher since you qualified? Why?
  • What is the most valuable lesson you have learned in your career to date?
  • If we hadn’t taken any notes today – what would be the one thing you’d want us to remember about you?

Ethos

  • How can you contribute to the ethos of the school?
  • What do you think of the Alive 0 Programme?
  • What can you bring to the school?
  • What would you do to enhance the reputation of our school?
  • How would you prepare a class for Communion?
  • How would you prepare a class for Confirmation?
  • What do you know about the school?

Experience

  • Describe your favourite teaching practice
  • Tell us about your teaching career?
  • What class level did you enjoy best? Why?
  • How would you facilitate guided discovery?
  • What class would you choose if the principal gave you a choice?
  • What experience do you have teaching children with special educational needs?
  • Describe a lesson that went well 

Looking after yourself

  • Teaching can be a stressful job. What do you do outside of school to relax?
  • How would you ensure you look after yourself? And other staff members?
  • How do you feel about sharing teaching material/resoures?

Staff Relations

  • Do you work well in groups?
  • What other staff members would ask you for help?
  • How would you ensure you look after yourself? And other staff members?
  • What would you do if your partner teacher wasn’t pulling their weight?

Planning and Preparation

  • How important is planning and preparation?
  • If I walked into your classroom during a History lesson – what would I see?
  • Describe your ideal classroom
  • What is your opinion on homework?
  • What would you organise for the first day in school for Junior Infants/5th class etc?
  • How would you assess a child’s progress?
  • A child drops 2 sten scores in their Drumcondra tests. What would you do?
  • What records would you keep? 

Extra- curricular

  • What extra- curricular activity would you be willing to develop/set up?
  • What extra curricular activities have you set up in previous posts?
  • What sports can you offer?
  • Do you play an instrument?

Classroom Management/Behaviour

  • How would you quieten a noisy class?
  • What is your view on discipline for the junior classes?
  • What would you do with an unmotivated child?
  • How would you manage an aggressive fifth class boy who won’t follow instructions?
  • How would you differentiate for a child with ASD?
  • How would you support a child with ADHD?

Child Protection

  • What would you do if you noticed a sudden change in a childs behaviour?
  • How would you deal with a child who continually interrupts during lessons?
  • Another parent reports a concern about a  child in your class. What would you do?
  • What would you do if you had a concern about a child in your class?

Parents

  • What would you do if an angry parent called to your door?
  • What would you do if a parent came to you complaining about other children in your class?
  • How do you keep in contact with parents?
  • What have you used to contact parents?
  • How would you involve parents in school life?

Gaeilge

  • Do you think Irish is a dying language?
  • What are the challenges of teaching Irish?
  • An bhfuil suim agat sa Ghaeilge?
  • An bhfuil tú muiníneach Gaeilge a mhúineadh sa seomra ranga?
  • Conas is féidir Gaeilge neamhfhoirmiúil a úsáid I rith an lae?
  • Conas is féidir an Ghaeilge a spreagadh ar fud na scoile?
  • Cad a cheapann tú faoi churaclam an Ghaeilge?
  • Tá gramadach leadránach. Conas is féidir é a mhúineadh do rang a sé?

Subjects

  • What are the benefits of music education?
  • How would you teach a maths lesson on fractions?
  • How would you teach a maths lesson on long division?

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