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Job Interview Answer: Why Did You Decide To Become a Teacher?


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Jamie Grill

"Why did you decide to become a teacher?" is sure to be one of the first questions you'll be asked during an interview for a teaching job. Everyone will have a different answer to this interview question which is appropriate.

Give some thought to how you will answer and be as honest as possible. Many teachers discover that their love of children draws them to teaching, or that their own love of learning makes them passionate about teaching. Others are inspired by a teacher earlier in their education who had a positive impact on them personally.

It is helpful to expand on this by providing personal anecdotes. For example, perhaps one of your own teachers inspired you to follow in their footsteps. Share stories of how you made a difference to a child in a classroom or how you successfully taught a challenging lesson.

  • The Assistant Principal of my high school was a real inspiration to me, and she is one of the major reasons I pursued a teaching career. Her ability to guide students, her fairness, and her sense of justice made me aspire to bring these things to my own classroom.
  • While I was student teaching, I had the opportunity to take a student aside to help him with a particularly difficult math concept that he was having trouble understanding. When I was able to show him a different way to approach the problem, and he 'got it', I knew that I had chosen the right field!

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