Friday, July 12, 2013

Special Education Interview Questions

Yesterday was a very exciting day in my world. I finally got a permanent job in the district I have been in for three years! This fall I will be a 12:1:1 self-contained kindergarten and first grade teacher! I'm looking forward to sharing the many phases of this new adventure here at A Special Sparkle. In honor of this great news, I thought I would share a long list of interview questions that I have been asked over the years. The truth of the matter is, I have been on more interviews than I hope anyone would ever go on (that's what happens when you refuse to relocate and wait it out!). However, I have always written down the questions I have been asked so I can share them with people in the same boat! 'Tis the season for interviews...good luck if you're on the hunt!

-Tell us about yourself.

-What can you tell us about your background to bring your resume to life?

-Why teach?

-If I walked into your classroom, what would I see?

-What would your literacy block look like?

-Tell us about The Common Core.

-How do you teach reading?

-How do you teach writing?

-How do you deal with difficult parents? Tell us about a specific scenario when you dealt with a difficult parent.

-What is your classroom management style/plan?

-How do you motivate a reluctant learner? Give us an example of a time you made a breakthrough with a reluctant learner.

-How do you engage a child?

-How would you handle a parent that challenged your teaching?

-Why should we hire you?

-What type of professional development do you partake in?

-How do you incorporate technology in the classroom?

-How do you incorporate technology in your own professional development?

-Tell us about an experience in which you worked with an aide in your classroom?

-What does co-teaching mean to you?

-What experience do you have with diversity?

-What experience do you have with Students with Disabilities?

-How have you modified instruction to meet the needs of students?

-How have you challenged students and raised the rigor in your teaching?

-What would your coworkers say to describe you?

-What part of this job would be a challenge for you?

-Tell us about a time you had a conflict with a colleague and how you resolved it.

-How do you work with others in a team setting?

-How would you describe yourself?

-What types of formal and informal assessment do you use?

-What is your experience with data in teaching?

-What are the most important elements of a lesson?

-Why do you want to work in our school? 

-What can you bring to our district that nobody else can offer?

-Describe how you handle a child having an outburst or meltdown?