The uncertainty aspect in job interviews is an unsettling factor. Not only do different teaching institutions look for different characteristics when hiring teachers, but also different interviewers have their own unique style. Nevertheless, there is a common benchmark in most job interviews for teachers. Having a solid foundation on the common interview questions puts you a step closer to getting the job.

Interview Questions to Get to Know You Better

An interview is the major tool a potential employer uses to gauge whether you are as good as your papers say you are. Thus, an interviewer normally begins with asking questions about you.

The best way to answer these questions is to be as truthful as possible. Telling fibs about yourself will show in your body language. If you do not feel comfortable answering a personal question, inform the interviewer and give him your reasons. However, you have a right to remain silent if the interview asks an illegal interview question.

Questions about the Choice of Institution

The interviewer will want to know why you want to teach in that particular institution. Expect questions in this area if you are moving from one region of the UK to another.

Answer this question by highlighting some positive aspects of that particular institution. Prior research on the institution is especially important if you are applying for a job in a new region. Show your willingness to integrate within the community if attending an interview in a new region. Take as much time as you need to elaborate your answers.

Questions Regarding Your Teaching Style

Most institutions are very particular about the style of teaching of their potential teachers. Such institutions will thus ask you questions relating to: your philosophy on homework and class participation, how you manage your time, your strength and weaknesses when it comes to teaching etc.

Being open about these questions prevents a scenario where you get a job in an institution where you end up feeling caged. However, you also need to express your willingness of adopting the teaching culture of that institution. Always highlight your adaptability and ability to learn fast.

Emotional Intelligence Questions

Good teaching greatly depends on emotional intelligence. Your possible employers will want to know how good you are when it comes to handling people. The younger the students you are applying to teach, the more important emotional intelligence becomes. To figure out your emotional intelligence, the employer will normally ask you questions centered on a particular scenario.

There are no right or wrong answers when it comes to emotional intelligence questions. This is unless the employer is very particular about the fit of the candidate that he is looking for. Your answers to these questions depend on the audience you will be teaching.

How Can You Contribute to this Institution?

These questions try to find out how you will fit in the culture of the institution. You might have the required skills but that does not necessarily mean that you will fit in the institution.

Such questions are especially important in private educational intuitions run by religious institutions or specific interest  groups. It is in your self interest to make your stand known to avoid hating every day you go to work. If something is against your principles, speak plainly when answering your interviewer’s questions.