Principal Interview Questions and Answers

Updated July 12, 2017

What scares you most about interviews for principal position?

The answer to this question is usually “sitting across the table from an interviewer who is bent on grilling me into the next century”.

The fact that one feels a bit intimidated during interviews is not lost on the interviewer. And he or she will do his or her best to make you fall flat on your face. But there is no personal agenda here. The reason an interviewer might do this is because he wants to see how well you handle pressure.

So, what do you have to do? Yes, you have to prepare not to break under the pressure of questions that are aimed at you. Here is a set of interview questions and answers that you can look through to prepare:


Principal Interview Questions and Answers


What is the most challenging part of working as a principal?
I believe that working in any academic capacity is full of challenges. As far as working as a principal is concerned, it is looking for the right type of people such as teachers and administrative staff members, to work towards the mission of the school.

What type of duties have you been performing in the role of a principal in the past?
As a school principal, I have been actively involved in creating and implementing school organizational structures, including school cultures, staffing and scheduling. In addition to this, I have created and implemented core curriculums to meet the individualized needs of each student, ensured effective implementation of school systems, handled hiring, training and development activities, and overseen compliance to federal, state and local requirements of the academic system.

In your opinion, what is the one thing that makes an individual great at working as a principal?
I believe that one needs to possess strong leadership qualities to be able to handle the responsibilities of working as a principal.

What is you biggest weakness?
I am a perfectionist. I understand that perfection in every aspect is not possible, and I am working diligently to make sure that I do not feel disappointed when I cannot do something in a perfect manner.

As a school principal, what is the main thing that you look at to make sure that you run a tight school?
I believe that school staff’s (including teachers and assistants) need ongoing training to make sure that they contribute effectively to the academic system. I make sure that all their training and development needs are fulfilled to ensure that the school is run in a tight manner.

As far as student liaison is concerned, what is your input?
I make sure that I create and maintain solid relationships with my students, so that they can reach out to me when they like. This helps immensely in solidifying my “open door” policy.