- What are the strengths of the school/district?
- What were your school's goals for the last year?
- What new innovations or programs has the school or district implemented?
- Does the school or district have a mentor-teacher program?
- What priorities would you have for me as a new teacher in this school?
- What kinds of extra curricular activities are available within your school and district?
- How does the school and district support professional development?
Now for some don'ts. At the interview, you should avoid asking questions related to salary and benefits. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions about this when the position is offered before you make a final decision. Likewise, this is not the opportunity to ask about taking time off for your best friend's wedding. You'll be able to consult the employee handbook for this information after you've received an offer.
With a few thoughtful and meaningful questions, you'll impress the interview committee with your engagement in the interview for that position. It could be just the bonus to get you an offer!
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References: Warner, J. & Bryan, C. (2006). Inside secrets of finding a teaching job (3rd Ed.). Indianapolis, IN: JIST Publishing.
Job Search Handbook for Educators (2010), 45th Ed. American Association for Employment in Education, Inc.
Have you asked any questions in interviews that were particularly helpful?