12 Questions You Can Ask the Interviewer
Towards the end of every teaching job interview, you will be given the opportunity to ask a few questions. The interview is not over at this point. This is your opportunity to finish the deal by asking questions that show you are thoughtful, prepared, and qualified for the job.
The teaching interview will cover a variety of topics. You should have a number of questions prepared in case any are discussed during the interview process. You should not ask questions where the answer is obvious or could be found through research of your own.
Instead, the questions you ask should show that you have done some research and care about the answers you are seeking. If possible (and if it makes sense to do so), I would preface each question with a sentence or two letting the interviewer know why you are asking the question. This will show that you actually care about the answer and it will feel more like a conversation.
What questions should you ask during the teacher job interview?
Here is a list of 12 questions you can ask:
- I'm excited to meet the teachers I will be working with. Can you tell me a little about my team members?
- Do you have a teacher/mentor program?
- I see that you currently have 1500 enrolled students. What is the average class size?
- During student teaching, I had duties such as hallway monitoring and lunch. Are there duties required in this position?
- I have a strong background in technology integration. What kind of technology resources will I have access to in my classroom?
- I have done some team teaching in the past. Do teachers work in teams? How is it structured?
- I enjoy playing and coaching soccer. What kind of extra-curricular activities are available for teachers?
- I am always looking for ways to learn and grow professionally. What kind of professional development opportunities does the school offer?
- I can't wait to decorate and organize my room. Will I have my own classroom?
- I had three "preps" during student teaching to create lesson plans and prepare teaching materials for class. How many classes will I teach each day and how many different preps will I have?
- I think it's important to create exciting and engaging lessons. How much lesson planning time will be provided?
- In my previous position, I had to turn in lesson plans weekly. Do you have procedures for turning in lesson plans?
By asking the right questions, you can demonstrate that you are qualified, knowledgeable, and prepared for the job. You should come up with some of your own questions, using them to highlight any of your strengths that were not covered in the interview.