Recruiting consultant asking questionsSchool principal, a specialized HR committee, or a local Department of Education will typically lead the interviews with you. You will have to answer tough behavioral questions, and convince the interviewers that you can bring an actual value to the educational institution.

What is more, you will have to demonstrate your communication skills, and understanding of the job they offer, and the things they try to achieve at their school.

While the questions differ slightly from school to school, and they also depend on the interviewing panel, you can count with the following questions in your interview.

Most common questions

  • Why do you want to work at our school?
  • Have you ever worked as an assistant principal before? What can you say about the experience?
  • You probably know something about our school. Do you see any areas for improvement?
  • Can you define your philosophy of teaching?
  • What do you think: Should the assistant principal work independently, or should they follow a strong line of hierarchy with the school principal?
  • Have you ever thought of becoming a school principal?
  • What are your hobbies and interests?
  • How did you deal with upset parent whose child complained about you?
  • Did you supervise any school event in the past? What problems did you face? How did you handle them?
  • Describe a conflict you had with the colleague.
  • Describe a situation when you felt pressure in work.
  • Why should we hire you, and not one of the other job applicants?


Connecting with them

You should research about the school and about the interviewers (if you know their names). Try to find something about their values, their philosophy of teaching, the study programs they offer. The information will help you to connect with them, on both personal and professional level.

Some people in the interviewing panel will not be professional interviewers. These people can vouch for you (or against you) just becasue they like you (or they don’t) as a person. Connecting with them is the most simple way of winning them over.

More questions and answers for assistant principal

Glen Hughins, a reputable interview coach from Philadelphia and a former school principal, runs a website that specializes only in assistant principal interviews. Glen’s interview answers have helped hundreds of assistant principals to succeed in their interview, on both sides of the Atlantic. You can check his website here: .