07-31-2007, 05:17 PM
I have been on the last 2 hiring committees for new principals at my school. Here are some questions that we asked:
1. Tell us about yourself. (career experiences, certificates/endorsements, etc.)
2. Tell us about your leadership style.
3. What do you consider to be your strengths and weaknesses?
4. What is your experiences working in or with special programs such as bilingual, gifted and talented?
5. What is your philosophy on team teaching?
6. What are your feelings and/or thoughts about heterogeneous vs. homogeneous grouping?
7. How do you react when a parent calls and is upset with something one of your teachers has done?
8. What do you see as the curriculum facilitator’s role in working with your staff? Describe a curriculum project that you have led in your building (or would like to led) as an administrator and your role in the process.
9. How do you plan on making the transition into your role as a principal of OurTown Elementary School?
10. How do you tell someone he/she is not doing their job effectively? What steps would you follow if a teacher did not comply with your recommendations after a classroom visit?
11. What kind of discipline plan do you expect from the teachers working on your campus?
12. Describe ways that you plan on contributing to or facilitating support amongst colleagues and staff morale.
13. What is your vision for parent participation in the school and what steps will you take to achieve this vision?
14. What role do you think technology should play in the classroom and in the school? How important is the integration of technology into the curriculum?
15. What is the single most important quality a principal should have?
16. Why do you want to be the principal of OurTown Elementary School?