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What are the questions for the Illinois Teacher Screener Interview?

Updated on July 20, 2012

Getting Past the Screener Interview

I have been searching for a new job in the Chicago Land area. It isn't a secret and I have many teacher friends that are also searching for positions. I am currently without a contract and it is very stressful trying to find the right position for me. I have been on several screen-er interviews at this point and realized that the questions are all the same. I actually asked the last principal about it and he admitted that there is a company that sells them the screen-er. I decided to do the best I could to come up with the questions that I have been asked over the last several interviews. I may be adding more, because I have yet another interview today.

The Questions...

Keep in mind these are not word for word because they are from memory of my own interviews.

Why did you become a teacher?

What motivates you professionally?

A student continually fails to turn in their homework. How do you respond to this?

How do you motivate your students?

You have a student that is bright but continually refuses to do the work, how do you deal with that student?

How much does student motivation play into learning in your classroom?

You have a parent that wants to meet with you because their child does amazing things at home but at school they are just average, how do you handle this?

What is the number one thing that parents want from a teacher?

Do you want to know what the parents are saying about you?

How do you engage students?

Some teachers find it easy to actively engage students in their classrooms while other find it difficult, what do you think is the difference?

You have a student that is continually not interested in class and working what do you do?

I am not giving the answers.

Why? there are lots of articles out there giving you their version of the correct answer. I haven't found a job yet, so therefore my answers must not be the right ones. Every principal is looking for somehting slightly different. Be yourself and answer truthfully because otherwise you might find yourself in a school that isn't a good fit for you. I want to be hired by a school that hires me for me not for some canned answer that someone else came up with.


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