Interview Preparation for a Teacher's Assistant

Show how you can be caring and efficient in the classroom.

Show how you can be caring and efficient in the classroom.

If you have patience of steel and like being around children, then you would probably make a good teacher's assistant. Now, acing the interview is a whole other story. Whether the principal, dean or a teacher interviews you, you need to have a game plan. Since teacher's assistant positions are often contracted for one school year cycle, semester or assignment, you may have to convey your passion for the classroom to interviewers more than once.

Your Story

Depending on the school, a teacher's assistant position can be open to a variety of people, including high school grads, college students and college grads. Whatever your path, your interviewer will want to know about it. She will most likely ask you about your education, so be prepared to provide a copy of your high school diploma, college diploma, transcripts or any relevant certificates, such as CPR or child abuse-awareness training.

Experience with Children

Children usually gravitate to you, but that's not enough to land you the gig. Whether you enjoy helping teach 3-year-old's how to count or the challenge of getting junior high school students to be quiet after lunch, your interviewer will want to know about your age-specific experience with children. Be able to give examples about your previous child-related positions, including teaching, tutoring and babysitting.

Past Work Experiences

Your resume says that you're a serious person, but your interviewer won't just take your word for it. She may want to dig into your past work experiences, asking you to provide examples of your strengths and weaknesses in the workplace. For example, you may be asked to describe a difficult situation involving a student's parent that you had to resolve. Whatever the question is, give an honest answer that shows that you are the best person for the position.

Future Goals and Availability

If you're lucky, you may get hired on the spot. However, more likely, you will be asked to come in for a classroom trial run with the teacher who you will be working with. Be ready to provide dates of availability for the trial run. Also, be ready to discuss your future career goals, part-time vs. full-time availability and schedule conflicts.

 

About the Author

Cooper Veeris holds a bachelor's degree in English from Fordham University and lives in New York City. In addition to contributing regularly to various websites as a writer, she has experience teaching different populations and age groups including early childhood, junior high and high school students, and adults living with mental illnesses.

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