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January 14, 2016

20 Unusual Teaching Interview Questions

Written By: Brandi Jordan
Category: Career Path
X 20 Unusual Teaching Interview Questions to be prepared for

20 Unusual Teaching Interview Questions to be prepared for

Applying for a teaching position can be intimidating.  After spending a college career focusing on methodology and best practices, teaching applicants may think they are prepared for any question thrown at them during a job interview.  What may be surprising is that, according to teachers who have been through the interview process, there are always questions to throw you off guard and are far from the standard questions you would expect to hear during an interview.  The questions below were actual questions during teaching job interviews; read and prepare.

20 Unusual Teaching Interview Questions

  1. How do you handle stress?
  2. What book are you currently reading?
  3. If money was no object, what would you have in your classroom and why?
  4. Which superhero would you be and why?
  5. Tell me about the last educational article you read.
  6.  What flower would you be and why?
  7.  What educational blogs and websites do you follow?
  8.  Tell me about the worst teacher you ever had in school.
  9.  How would your teachers describe you as a student?
  10.  If you could be anyone for a day, living or deceased, who would you be and why?
  11.  What was the last professional development class you attended?
  12.  How do you deal with anger?
  13.  Describe a time when you worked with a team to accomplish something.
  14.  Do you prefer to be a leader or follower?  Why?
  15.  What social media sites do you use?
  16.  How do you stay organized?
  17.  What types of technology would you use in your classroom and why?
  18.  If you were not a teacher, what would you want to be and why?
  19.  Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  20.  What type of animal would you be and why?

What are some unusual teaching interview questions that you have been asked?  Share them with us below!

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  • DottieHazlip
    February 20, 2015

    They also don’t want you to joke! I was once asked what I do when I don’t meet a deadline. I said “Panic” and  laughed. The person wasn’t amused!

  • Jessica
    February 24, 2012

    The only one on here i’m struggling with is what superhero i would be, haha. Candice, what was your response to the ‘which part of a salad’ question. I find that one very odd! lol

  • Katie
    January 28, 2012

    I went to a teaching interview at a charter school and the first thing the principal did was spread out about 30 greeting cards all over the table. She told me to pick out 10 cards that best described me and then explain why. Very interesting, to say the least!

  • Candice
    January 27, 2012

    The most unusual question I was asked was, “If you were a salad which part would you be?” They were very proud of that question.

  • AnnaCM
    January 27, 2012

    I was asked at an interview how I believe families become impoverished. It was a tough one!

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