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Learning and Instructional Resources for Full-time and Adjunct Faculty: Interview Questions

A variety of resources chosen to assist faculty build upon or refresh their skills.

Interview Questions for Adjunct Faculty

This  page contains sample interview questions divided into categories as well as websites related to preparing and interviewing for an adjunct position.. 

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Understanding of Pedagogy

What Is Your Teaching Philosophy?

How do you define good teaching?

Describe your teaching style.

Describe your ideal teaching position.

What pedagogical changes do you see on the horizon in your discipline?

What is the most exciting thing happening in the area of education?

Describe what makes a ‘good’ lesson according to Ofsted criteria.

Tell us about a good lesson that you’ve taught and why it was successful.

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

Describe the courses you have taught by summarizing the course content and assignments required.

What has been your proudest teaching moment?

What do you think are the most important attributes of a good instructor?

Excellent Communication Ski8lls

How do you engage students, particularly in an online course?

Share an experience in which you successfully prepared and/or delivered a lecture to students. What methods led to your success?

Provide an effective method you have used to initiate and facilitate classroom discussions. 


Describe a classroom challenge that you have encountered so far in your career, and the steps you took to resolve it.

Are you a flexible teacher? Explain how.

Describe a time when you had to adapt while teaching?

How do you adjust your style to the less-motivated or under-prepared student?

Describe a lesson that didn’t go as planned and tell us what you learned from the experience.

Can you describe how you go about solving a problem? Please give us some examples

How to you accommodate diverse learning styles?

Passion for Subject Matter

Why is your area of discipline important to society?

If you could choose to teach any concept in your area, which would you select and why?

Describe an ideal curriculum in your area of study.

What have you done to improve your knowledge or skills in the past year? Give us examples of how you keep current in your discipline.


What do you do to inspire and motivate students? 


Share your ideas about professional development.

In what professional development activities have you been involved over the past few years?

Do you know what is going on in education today? Do you stay current with educational trends?

What things have you done on your own initiative to help you prepare for your next teaching job?

Define "integrity" and explain at least two ways that you have demonstrated this trait in your research and teaching.

In what professional associations do you hold a membership?

Emotional Intelligence

Who inspires you and why?

What is one of your weaknesses? How do you overcome that weakness?

What do you think are your greatest strengths as an instructor? In which areas do you feel you can use some further development?

What motivates you to teach?

Describe the characteristics you possess that demonstrate your ability to work well with students and colleagues.

How would you handle a student who thought you were too young / too old to teach?

Describe a stressful teaching situation you’ve had. How did you resolve that situation?

What are one or two things that make you angry or frustrated as a teacher? What do you do when you get angry or frustrated?

Describe a time you had a positive impact on someone.

Describe a time when you faced a difficult task or problem. What was your motivation to work through that issue and how did you keep yourself positive?

What are one or two of your proudest professional accomplishments?


What tests your patience?

How would you handle a student who challenged your knowledge of a subject or who thought they didn't need to learn something?

How do you handle a difficult student in the classroom?  Please give us an example.

Name a time when your patience was tested. How did you keep your emotions in check?


Provide an experience in which you were sensitive to a student’s needs or feelings. How did your helpfulness affect him?

Student Success Advocate

How have you worked to be an advocate for students who are at-risk in your classroom?

Please share with me an example of how you helped coach or mentor someone. What improvements did you see in the person's knowledge or skills?

Share an effective method you have used to advise students on curricula and career issues.

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