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4 Paraprofessional Interview Questions You Need to Know

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If you enjoy making a difference in your community and would like to work in a school system, then a paraprofessional career is for you. According to the NYC Department of Education, paraprofessionals “are teaching assistants who provide instructional services to students under the general supervision of a certified teacher.” But, as always, there’s a bit more to it than that. These paraprofessional interview questions will help prepare you, whether you’re just starting out or are switching schools. Once you’ve brushed up on the following, check out our available paraprofessional jobs. TemPositions Health Care is ready to find you the perfect role and get you hired. Onto the interview questions:


1. How did you support teachers in your last job?

One of the key roles of a paraprofessional is to provide extra help to students. When answering this question, it’s important to illustrate that you understand all of the ways to support teachers as a paraprofessional. Walk the interviewer through the different types of support you have provided to students, such as instructional support, language support, and behavioral support, as well as physical and medical support. Provide a specific example of a time when you were able to support your classroom’s teacher in a meaningful way.

How would you initiate communication with a non-verbal student?

To be successful in the classroom, a paraprofessional needs to work with students of varying levels of ability. According to Autism Speaks, encouraging play and social interaction, imitation, focusing on nonverbal communication, leaving “space” for the child to talk, simplifying your language, following the child’s interests, and assistive devices and visual supports can all help you initiate communication with a non-verbal student. Answering this question allows you to demonstrate your ability to empathize and communicate with children who may find it difficult to communicate with many people. 

Can you describe your instructional approach?

There are plenty of approaches to teaching and many times you will be following the lead of your classroom’s teacher. However, it’s a good idea to have a general understanding of effective K-12 teaching strategies, so that you come across as someone who has an interest and knowledge base regarding education. By trying out different strategies you’ll eventually find what works best for you and your students.

There you have it: the paraprofessional interview questions that you can expect an interviewer to ask. Demonstrating that you have an understanding of educational approaches and can empathize and communicate with students will optimize your ability to get hired.

What’s more, the TemPositions Health Care team would love to help you find your dream paraprofessional career. Connect with a recruiter to get started ASAP.


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