Job interviews can cause many of us to become a bundle of nerves. You're never sure just what questions the interviewer may ask, and it's difficult to be put on the spot. On top of that, there is the pressure of having to sell yourself and your top qualities to a prospective employer. While you may not be able to predict every question, planning ahead for some of the most common ones will help you to feel more confident about your interview.
Here are three frequently asked teaching assistant interview questions and how to answer them.
- Why do you want to be a teaching assistant?This question is the perfect opportunity for you to talk about yourself and your strengths. Be sure to stay positive and give concrete examples of times you've enjoyed working with children. Whether these times have been through volunteer experience, student teaching or even babysitting, share how they have shaped your desire to be a teaching assistant and why you are a good fit for the position.
- How would you deal with a child who misbehaves regularly during school?Classroom discipline is an important part of any educator's job. Consider the age group of the children you will be working with, as well as the school's policy and philosophy regarding classroom management. You can usually find this information on the school's website.
Your answer should be in line with what is developmentally appropriate for the classroom's age group and the guidelines established by the school.
Your answer should be in line with what is developmentally appropriate for the classroom's age group and the guidelines established by the school. In fact, you can mention that you would look to the teacher's daily discipline practice for guidance. Emphasize using positive reinforcement, praise and consistency where possible.
- Why do you want to work at this school?With this question, the interviewer wants to make sure you have done some research and that you truly want to be a part of the school's staff, rather than simply hoping for a paycheck.Be ready to answer this one by visiting the school's website ahead of time to learn all you can about the kinds of programs they have, any awards won, their community involvement and any other aspects that stand out to you. Be sure to be genuine in your answer and talk about something that truly impresses or inspires you about the school or their faculty. Always be ready to share something you've learned about the institution.
These are three frequently asked teaching assistant interview questions you may see at your next job interview. With some advance preparation, you'll be ready to breeze through the interview with your most confident and professional outlook.
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