Preschool Teacher Interview Questions

Preschool teachers are awesome. Their role is to support young children at a critical time in their development.

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Preschool Teacher interview questions

Your highest-quality candidate will have an ECE degree and on-the-job experience (although keep an eye out for enthusiastic graduates, too). They’ll have in-depth knowledge about how to prepare classes, teach in the classroom and communicate with parents, children and teachers. They’ll also be patient but firm, caring but professional, and will promote fun and learning simultaneously. 

Top tips: 

  • Look for experience: Ask your candidate to walk you through teaching plans and methods they have used in the past.
  • Think diversity: Diversity is key for a thriving workplace. Keep an eye out for candidates from varying backgrounds and aim to eliminate bias from your hiring process.

Problem solving interview questions

  • What would you do if two students misbehave and fight all the time?
  • How would you deal with a defiant child?
  • What would you do if you suspected a child was suffering parental neglect?
  • What would you do if a child got hurt while playing?

Role-specific interview questions

  • Why did you choose to teach preschoolers?
  • What’s the biggest challenge working with children?
  • How would you keep your class engaged?
  • Does having different age groups in the classroom affect your curriculum?
  • What language development methods do you use?
  • What records should a preschool teacher keep?
  • What does the ideal classroom look like?
  • How often should you communicate with parents?
  • How do you keep up-to-date on ECE news and education innovations?

Behavioral interview questions

  • Have you ever had to deal with an angry parent? What did you do?
  • What’s been the highlight of your teaching experience? 

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