You’ll quickly note that most of these questions are self-serving and self-involved. While some will be obvious “no-no’s” others may appear to be less so. Nevertheless, please do yourself a tremendous favor and strike all of these from your interview preparations. By the way, all of these questions have been asked by teacher candidates…and are continuously being asked by teacher candidates. Not a single individual asking these questions was ever offered a teaching job! Not one!
· “How much will I be paid?”
Don’t ask any questions related to salary or pay. If you are more interested in money rather than teaching then you’re in the wrong profession.
· “What kinds of benefits will I get?”
Questions about benefits are always considered inappropriate. After you get hired is the time to ask this question.
· “How long do you expect me (or teachers) to be at school each day?”
Stay away from any questions about school hours. Good teachers have no time clock.
· “Will I be able to take time off for personal business?”
Asking about time for personal business is never a good idea. It demonstrates your lack of commitment.
· “Do you celebrate Hanukah or Christmas here?”
Questions about a community’s religious, political, or socio-economic breakdown are always in poor taste.
· “Will I be able to keep my part-time job at Wal-Mart?”
Do you really want to show that you are not totally committed to the teaching profession? Really?
· “I heard that teachers have to do bus duty once a week. Is that true?”
Asking about ancillary duties will always get you in hot water. Always!
· “Will I get in trouble if I punish a kid?”
Stay away from questions that might indicate an uncomfortableness with discipline.
· “Do I have to join the teacher’s union in this district?”
Questions about the “bargaining unit” are never appropriate. When you get hired you’ll get all the relevant information about the “bargaining unit” (if there is one).
· “Can I transfer to another grade after this year?”
Remember you’re applying for a specific job. Don’t suggest that it’s not your first priority.
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