Interview processes for a teaching assistant position differ from employer to employer. Some like to keep it casual while others are hell-bent on making the process cumbersome so that the mettle of the candidate can be tested. Whether it is a casual interview or one that takes the mickey out of you, preparation is the baseline for success. The better prepared you are, the higher chances you have at winning this round.
A teaching assistant interview is basically a chance provided to an applicant to show the employer what he is capable of. It is usually the last step before an offer is made – or a rejection letter is sent. So one has to take this step very seriously. Under no circumstances should we take the process lightly as so much depends on it – it is not merely a process; it is the deciding point of your job future.
Depending on the position that you have applied for, interview questions range from very difficult to extremely simple. But sometimes, even the simplest of questions are aimed at finding out how well you conduct yourself, so it is important to make sure that you understand why you are being asked a certain question before you attempt to answer it.
Answers to interview questions should flow smoothly – if you are being interviewed for a teacher assistant position, you will have to make sure that whatever answers you provide, are targeted at the students’ best interest. Here is a set of interview questions and answers for a teaching assistant position.
Have you ever been faced a situation when you had to perform some of the duties of a lead teacher? How well did you handle it?
Yes. I had to teach a class as a lead teacher for three weeks because the teacher that I was assisting fell ill and could not report back to work.I believe I handled it quite well. Since I am a keen observer, I knew exactly how to introduce a concept, build up on it and test students. There were 22 students in the class and with the help of a substitute paraprofessional, I managed to lead the class quite well.
As a teacher assistant, what have been your prime duties?
Apart from assisting the lead teacher in imparting instruction, my responsibilities included monitoring students, assisting with evaluations, handling behavioral issues, performing research for teaching and learning materials and overseeing students during class and extracurricular activities.
Would you be comfortable working with a child who has Autism?
Absolutely. I have worked with children who have Autism and I know the tricks to keep them involved and bring the best out of them.
What is your way of reprimanding students?
As a teacher assistant, I have to ask a lead teacher to intervene if there is need for reprimanding a student. However, with the authority that I possess, I try not to reprimand a student when he or she does something wrong. Instead, I try explaining to them why their behavior is unacceptable and how I can help them to improve it.