How to Answer All Tough Special Education Interview Questions?

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She tries to get a teaching job
It’s not an easy path to get a special education teaching license… You have probably devoted a lot of time and money to your studies, in order to make your dream come true. However, having a license to do something doesn’t necessarily imply having a job.

The truth is that one learns a lot at the college, but they do not show you how to ace an interview and be able to put  your teaching skills to practice. On the pages on our website we try to bridge the gap. We will show you what matters in special needs education interview, what questions to expect and how to answer it. Having this knowledge you should be confident enough to make a final push towards a dream job. Let’s start!


License, brilliant interview answers, motivation, attitudes, connection, or the impression you make?

What matters the most? It’s hard to say. In fact all of the above mentioned play a role. The less professional interviewers are, the more weight factors such as – impression made, relationship built, and motivation showed hold. Please, keep it on your mind. You have no control of the people in the interviewing panel. They can be qualified professionals, HR consultants, or even highly experienced recruiters, but they can as well be only good teachers with a desire to hire a nice new colleague… Therefore you need to focus on all aspects, not only on the answers to most common interview questions. Such approach could easily backfire on a big day.


I want to be The Teacher

As the name indicates, special education teacher is a specific job. It’s not an easy job. After all, teaching itself is tough. People sitting in HR committees and school principals know it very well. To ensure that a chosen candidate would not leave his job in a short time, they put emphasis on motivation and attitudes of interviewed candidates.

Your goal is to convince them that you see this job as a personal mission, not only as a place to go to earn a living and survive. After all, one can find a meaningful purpose of life in special education, this precious feeling most of us fight for in life and yet never discover. Show them that you care. Talk about the unfair destiny, burden disabled children carry on their shoulders, your understanding for their difficult position in both school and life. Showing empathy and understanding can take you to new desired heights in their eyes… But be careful – don’t be idealistic! They do not like to hire people who wear pink glasses and imagine this job to be easy. So, show that you care, but also stress that you know the job is difficult and that you are ready for the challenge. They should feel enthusiasm in every word you say, commitment and dedication in every interview answer. Sticking to this advice, you should excel when it comes to non-verbal communication in an interview… Let’s have a look at the verbal part of it right now.


Interview Questions

They will use a mixture of personal, behavioral and technical questions to assess your capacities, motivation and readiness for the job. Let’s have a look at it right now:

Shaking hands at the end of a successful interview
Be ready to succeed

After all, success or failure in an interview depend on many factors. You can influence most of it, but still there are variables you can not change. For example, as it happens often, there can be a better candidate. Or said in other words, someone who was better prepared than you were. Therefore, even if they did not choose you, it should not let you down. Stay positive, set your mind the right way, prepare the best possible answers to the questions from our website and ace your interview. Anything else is out of your control… We wish you good luck!

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