Questions candidates get asked in job interviews: Primary School Teacher

We deal with hundreds of clients going for job interview each year – and we’re constantly asking them what they get asked.
This a collection of those very questions. We update it on an ongoing basis and hope you find it useful. If you would like to submit to us questions you’ve been asked, email

These are actual questions asked of our clients in job interviews

  • If you were to write to the Department of Education, what would you change about the curriculum?
  • How would you deal with conflict with a colleague?
  • How would you describe your teaching style?
  • What are the key elements of a professional code of conduct for teachers?
  • What aspect of your experience most prepares you for this role?
  • How do you keep your skills current?
  • How do you handle behavioural issues such as bullying in the classroom?
  • How would you motivate disinterested pupils?
  • What makes a good team? Give me an example of a time when you worked in an effective team or name a time when you lead a project/group in your school.
  • How important are the arts in education?
  • How important is teamwork?
  • What do you think of tumoideachas (total immersion in Irish)? [This question was asked in a Gaeltacht-based school].
  • How will you contribute to the Catholic ethos of the school?