Interviews are exciting. Stressful, but exciting. Whether you are interviewing for your first teaching position, heading back into the classroom after time away, or looking for a new challenge in a different district or grade level, preparing for your interview is key. By having a clear idea of how you might respond to some of the most common teacher interview questions before you get in front of your future principal, you’re far more likely to appear professional and feel confident. We’ve compiled a list of not only the questions you’d have most likely been asked before COVID-19, but also some of the new questions school districts have added to their interview repertoires. Spend a bit of time thinking about how you’d answer each of the questions below, and you’ll be ready to nail that interview!
What techniques should be used to harvest royal jelly?
Reveals knowledge of proper beekeeping techniques.
Interview Questions for Beekeepers:
Highlights the candidate’s nature and passion for animal science.
How would you ensure beehives remain free of vermin and parasites?
Reveals knowledge of hive pest control.
1 How will you encourage parents to support their children’s education?
The home-school connection is imperative yet tough to maintain. Administrators lean on teachers to keep open lines of communication with parents. They even see you as a “publicist” for the school, reinforcing the culture, strengths, and values of the school to parents. So, answer this question with concrete ideas. Share how parents will volunteer in your classroom and how you’ll maintain regular contact, providing updates on both positive and negative events. It’s great to also share your plan for providing resources to parents when students are struggling.
What steps should be taken to avoid colony splitting?
Reveals in-depth knowledge of hive management.
2 What do you feel you can contribute to our school’s PLC for your subject?
The days of shutting your door to do your own thing are out, and professional learning communities are in! Go in ready to discuss topics such as common planning, benchmarks, and data analysis. This is a key time to highlight your strengths. Whether you shine in making high-level DOK assessment questions or have a plethora of student-centered activities for your subject, let the interviewers know what you have to offer to your prospective peers and what you hope to glean from collaborating with them.
Example: “I’ve used beekeeping equipment for several years now. I started out using basic tools like protective clothing and smoke before moving on to more advanced equipment like extractors and smokers. In my last position, I was responsible for maintaining all of our equipment and ensuring it was ready for each season.”
Example: “I am familiar with several different methods of pest control for bee colonies. I think that the best method is natural pest control because it’s more environmentally friendly than other options. However, there are times when chemical pest control is necessary, such as when dealing with varroa mites or small hive beetles. I always use caution when applying chemicals so that I don’t harm the bees.”
Example: “I regularly check my colonies for signs of disease or infestations. I also make sure they have enough food sources and water so they don’t get sick. In my last position, I noticed one of my hives had a small amount of mold growing on some of its honeycombs. To treat this, I removed the affected combs and replaced them with new ones. This helped me avoid losing an entire hive.”
The interviewer may ask this question to see if you know how to create a good environment for bees. In your answer, explain what makes a habitat suitable for bees and why it’s important to provide them with these conditions. You can also mention any specific examples of habitats you’ve created in the past that have been successful.
Example: “I would start by explaining what beekeeping is and why it’s beneficial for humans. I would also explain the different types of bees and their roles within a hive. I think it’s important to show people exactly what happens when a beekeeper checks on their hives so I would include pictures or videos of my inspections. I find that showing people real-life examples helps them understand the process better.”