Principal Interview Preparation Guide
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Principal related Frequently Asked Questions by expert members with experience in Principal. These questions and answers will help you strengthen your technical skills, prepare for the new job test and quickly revise the concepts

54 Principal Questions and Answers:

1 :: Are you interested in sports and outdoor activities such as camping?

Discuss about your interest in outdoor sports and other activities that are aimed to keep an individual physically as well as mentally rejuvenated. On the other hand, if you are not much into outdoor activities, then feel free to discuss your interest in indoor and virtual sports.
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2 :: How would you schedule classes?

Before answering this question, you should clarify the grade for which you are being asked to schedule the classes, and accordingly answer the best schedule that will help the students to attend all the classes attentively.
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3 :: Tell us something about yourself and your career?

You need to make the maximum use of this opportunity to introduce various aspects of your personality. Apart from your name, work experience, and qualifications, you should describe about your interests and goals. You can also highlight the milestones of your career. When you start answering, maintain eye contact with the interviewer(s).
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4 :: Tell us what salary do you expect?

State clearly about your salary expectations and justify why you want this salary.
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5 :: How many classes/lectures can you handle apart from administrative tasks?

Feel comfortable to speak about the number of classes/lectures you can handle, because sometimes you might have to handle more classes than usual apart from the administrative tasks assigned on a routine basis.
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6 :: Don't hesitate, ask if you have any questions for us?

You definitely would have questions in your mind and need to clear all your doubts. Do not hesitate to ask the time the recruiters will take to decide for your selection, or the operations, or anything else that you feel is reasonable to be asked.
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7 :: How would you work with the School Improvement Team or equivalent to realize change?

This question could be geared toward a specific improvement objective (improving attendance, closing an achievement gap in reading, decreasing disciplinary incidents, etc.) and is geared toward merging important leadership areas-including instructional leadership, managerial leadership, visionary leadership, and organizational change leadership-together.
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8 :: What makes you think you are an ideal candidate for this job?

Answer this question by expressing not just your interest, but your qualifications for this position. Emphasize on the job duties in your previous jobs and the knowledge you have gathered throughout the course of your career. Be confident and ready to answer further questions that might arise when the employer discusses the job requirements.
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9 :: What are the issues faced by the education sector? Do you have any suggestions to resolve these issues?

The interviewer here wants to know your take on the education system. You should be able to point out some issues that you feel are acting as a setback against the learning objectives. Suggest some measures and changes that you believe will bring a change in the way education is perceived and imparted.
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10 :: What is a recent professional development-related book you have read recently and what did you gain from reading it?

If panels don't ask this, they should! And if you don't have anything in mind, you should! As a learning leader, your education shouldn't stop just because you complete a graduate degree. Principals must be professional development leaders and if you are not keeping up-and contributing to-current trends and best practices, than you risk being "stuck" in a rapidly-changing educational climate.
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