responses to reading specialist interview questions

Top 20 Reading Specialist Interview Questions and Answers for 2022

Questions about experience and background

Interviewers might ask about any experience youve had in education with a focus on reading interventionist experience. Heres a list of possible questions a hiring committee might ask during your interview to evaluate your qualifications and how your values match with the schools values:

  • What different teaching strategies and technologies have you tried?
  • How do you keep up-to-date with pedagogical theories?
  • Talk about a time when you worked with a difficult student and how you overcame the challenge.
  • How do you keep students motivated to keep learning to read?
  • Talk about a time when you responded to critical feedback from a parent, student or fellow teacher.
  • Whats your experience teaching with a team? Did you find it helpful?
  • Tell me about a time you disagreed with another teachers approach. What did you do, and what was the result?
  • Talk about a reading interventionist achievement youre proud of accomplishing.
  • What would you say are the greatest challenges students face when learning to read?
  • Describe your worst day in the classroom and what you learned from the experience.
  • General reading interventionist interview questions

    General questions allow the hiring manager to understand you as a candidate and how you might fit in with their school culture. You can prepare yourself to talk with your potential employer by reviewing the list of questions below:

  • Tell me a little about yourself.
  • How would you describe your communication style?
  • What is your five-year plan?
  • What do you like to do in your personal time?
  • How do you maintain a balance between your personal and teaching time?
  • What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  • What are you currently reading for fun?
  • Tell me about a personal goal you set. Did you achieve that goal? If not, what would you do differently?
  • Tell me about a teacher you admire.
  • How would you describe yourself using five words?
  • How do you help students connect with the reading materials you assign?

    This question can help the hiring team assess what kind of teaching method you have and whether it suits the students in that institution. Your answer should show your understanding of student needs and your adaptability. If applicable, bring up specific examples of texts youve used before.

    Example: “When choosing reading materials to work on with students, I consider the age group and each students specific needs. I keep a selection of books and reading materials I can choose from once Ive gotten to know the student. Once we read together, I relate the character to things I know about the students. For example, if the student and a character in our book both have siblings, I will use that common ground to promote discussion.”

    Why Are You Interested In This Role?

    By now, you should know some of the most common questions in an interview room. The interviewer is deducing your motives and whether you will make a good fit for the company.

    Tip#1: Do not be selfish. Ensure that your answer also touches on the company.

    Tip #2: Your answer should be honest and genuine.

    Sample Answer

    I believe that I have the experience to propel your institution to greater heights. Your institution’s core values resonate with my values, and I believe that I can make a good team member.

    Interviewing for ESL, reading and other specialist roles involves a unique language and question style. Use these tips to let your expertise shine through.

    responses to reading specialist interview questions

    by Dr. Mary Clement for NEA Member Benefits


    Job interviews for specialist positions in reading, English as a second language (ESL) and special education are different than those for grade-level or subject-content positions. These interviews include very specific vocabulary, require evidence of past successes and generally involve the participation of other teachers in addition to the principal and human resources personnel.

    When seeking a position as a specialist, you need to ensure that your certification/licensure is a match to the job advertisement and then prepare to answer behavior-based interview (BBI) questions that address your past experiences and skills. Be ready for a variety of interviews with multiple people, some of which may be online.

    Teachers are included in interviewing their future colleagues because of their knowledge and the need to determine if the new hire will be a “team player.” After interviews with a personnel director and principal, be ready for a longer interview with a lead teacher in the field. Group interviews are common, where several grade-level teachers and a specialist teacher interview the candidate.

    TIP: During a group interview, listen to introductions, address everyone in the group and strive not to be surprised or overwhelmed when facing a group of people.

    What Are The Roles Of A Reading Specialist?

    Do you understand some of your responsibilities? Kindly tell the interviewer.

    Sample Answer

    A reading specialist plans teaches and evaluates instructions for learners who have a reading challenge. He/ she works with learners in small groups and classroom settings.


    How do I prepare for a reading specialist interview?

    Reading Specialist:

    Please tell us about your background in teaching reading. Which online programs have you used with students in the classroom or for remote learning? Describe a specific student’s case in reading and how you achieved success with the student. Discuss the role of phonics in the teaching of reading.

    What specialized skills should a reading specialist have?

    Assessment. The reading specialist has specialized knowledge of assessment and diagnosis that is vital for developing, implementing, and evaluating the literacy program in general, and in designing instruction for individual students.

    What is the goal of a reading specialist?

    Reading/learning specialists plan, teach, and evaluate instruction for students having difficulty with reading or writing. They work with students in small groups and in classroom settings from elementary through the secondary level.

    Why would working with a reading specialist be an advantage for students or teachers?

    Reading specialists support the literacy infrastructure in a school. They do this is by contributing to regular classroom teachers’ efforts to improve students’ reading skills. They don’t replace classroom teachers; rather, they support, supplement and extend instruction.

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