Questions employers ask in an interview basically fall into three categories: "behavioral", "situational", and "traditional". The growing trend by employers is to ask "behavioral" interviewing questions.  Following are sample interviewing questions.

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Behavioral Questions

Star Technique for Answering Behavioral Questions

Situational Questions

  • An irate customer is using abusive language, how would you handle the situation?  
  • You have a very busy week coming up, how do you manage your workweek and make realistic deadlines?  
  • If you were working on a team and one of the members was not "pulling their own weight" what would you do?  
  • If you had unlimited leisure time, how would you spend it?  
  • A salesman comes in to talk to your boss without an appointment, how will you handle the salesperson?  
  • In instances where you are required to assert yourself, what do you do to assert yourself effectively?
  • Assume that you are a candidate for promotion, why should you be promoted?  
  • If you were to start your own company, what would that company do?  
  • If a manage or supervisor was not available and a problem arose, what would you do?  
  • You are working on a project and someone disagrees with your ideas, what would you do?  
  • You are working with someone who is difficult to get along with, how do you handle this person?


Traditional Questions

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What have been your most satisfying accomplishments?
  • What were your most and least satisfying jobs?
  • Why did you leave your most recent job?
  • How did you get along with your last supervisor and co-workers?
  • How well do you work under pressure?
  • Why did you choose your major?
  • What college coursework did you enjoy the most? The least?
  • What extra curricular activities and interests have you been involved in?
  • What are your short term and long range career goals?
  • What position in the company do you want to advance toward?
  • What do you know about the company?
  • What interests you about our product or service?
  • Why do you think you might like to work for the company?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • Why do you think you are qualified for the position?
  • Are you willing to spend time as a trainee?


Questions for Education Majors

  • Tell us about yourself:
  • What is your philosophy on classroom inclusion for students with special needs?
  • Explain the sorts of activities you will use to engage students.
  • How would you deal with a student that refuses to do what you ask?
  • Briefly describe your technological competencies; explain how you will use these in your classroom.
  • What do you feel are the most important things students PreK-3 (or 7/8, 9-12, etc.) should know?
  • If you could change anything about education, what would it be and why?
  • Please explain how some of your "life experiences" will shape your teaching.
  • Describe three strengths and three weaknesses of yours:
  • What else, if anything, makes you the best person for this job?
  • Explain your familiarity with the "Common Core Standards" recently adopted by Wisconsin. How will these new standards inform your teaching?
  • Do you have any questions for us?
  • Describe two important curricular topics that you have taught in this grade or subject area.
  • How have the state standards for this subject guided your teaching?
  • Tell me about a lesson you taught and why it went well
  • Name a specific method or strategy you have used to teach in the past and why it is one you will continue to use.
  • Describe a classroom management plan that you have used and why it worked.
  • What have you done to start and end a class successfully?
  • Describe an approach you have used to differentiate instruction for students.
  • While a lesson is ongoing, how can you tell if students are "getting" the material?
  • Describe positive communications with students' families that you have used in the past.
  • How have you evaluated your own teaching to improve?
  • Elementary: What approaches to teaching reading have you used?
  • Elementary: How have you used manipulatives in teaching math?
  • Middle: How have you worked with a teaching team?
  • Middle: Tell about integrating the teaching of reading into other subjects.
  • High: How have you interested your students in the subject and motivated them to learn?
  • Science: How have you used labs in the classes you have taught?
  • Foreign language: What percent of a typical lesson do you teach in the target language?
  • Art: What routines for safety and cleanup have you implemented?
  • Music: Describe a performance or concert that went well and why it succeeded.
  • Health/Physical Education: How have you built weight-consciousness topics into your course?
  • Special education: Describe your experiences working with students in a mainstreamed/full inclusion/pullout setting.
  • Special education: Tell us about collaborating with other teachers to help a student


  • What are you most proud of about your school?
  • What would faculty, student, and parents say are the strengths of the school?
  • What were your school's goals for last year?
  • How do teachers integrate technology into the classroom?
  • What priorities would you have for me as a new faculty member?
  • Tell me about your first-year teacher mentoring program.
  • How does the school district support professional development?
  • What extracurricular activity opportunities might be available?

Questions You Might Ask

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