Math Paraprofessional Interview Questions & Answers

Updated: July 23, 2018

When the thought of an interview scares you, you only have to do one thing, that is to prepare enough so that you do not have to worry.

Here are some practice questions (and their answers) for a math paraprofessional interview:

 

 

Math Paraprofessional Interview Questions & Answers

Have you ever worked in a math paraprofessional capacity before? If so, what was your role?
Yes, I have worked as a math paraprofessional for 2 years. While working as a math paraprofessional, I was actively leading small groups of students, within a larger classroom setting. My work required me to place emphasis on helping students in comprehending concepts in math, supporting the lead teacher on methods, materials, and strategies for education reinforcement on targeted students, and assisting teachers in scheduling classes, and lessons.

In your opinion, what skills does one need in order to work as a math paraprofessional?
For starters, it is imperative for math paraprofessionals to know the subject inside out, at the level that he or she is required to teach specifically. Moreover, working at this position requires one to be hands-on in handling students from different backgrounds, and learning abilities, along with the capability of imparting education in an appropriate manner. Also, it is important for people working as math paraprofessionals to possess exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, so that they can communicate with teachers, students, and parents.

What is your modus operandi when working with students with special needs?
I am trained in teaching math to students with special needs. I work with them on a one on one basis, exercise absolute patience, and ensure that their pace is followed, without getting them to meet unrealistic goals.

On a scale of 1 to 10, (10 being the highest), where do you rate your skills and competencies?
I would give myself a realistic 7, as I have just begun to work in this capacity, and have much to learn.

What has been your most challenging work day so far?
I was once assigned to a group of children, to help reinforce the concepts of basic math to them. Two of them did not get along, and there was this constant bickering. I tried to handle the situation by simply telling them to be amicable with each other, but when it fell on deaf ears for 4 consecutive days, I had to take a firmer stand. On the fifth day, I had no choice but to raise my voice a little – just enough to startle them into obedience, but not scare them. This balance was one of the most challenging things to achieve!

Where do you see yourself, 3 years from now?
I want to eventually work in a capacity where I can teach basic mathematics concepts to children with special needs. And this is what I am training for at the moment.