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Physical Education Interview Questions

Below are sample interview questions for your field. In preparing for your interview, you should also review typical PEinterview questions asked of all majors, thoroughly research the organization, dress professionally, and visit the interviewing skills section of the SU Career Center’s website. You can practice your interview skills online via Quinncia or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.

Below are sample Physical Education interview questions

-Tell us a little about yourself. (Your background, why you went into teaching, you're teaching experience, etc.)
-Why are you interested in this position?
-Do you prefer teaching at the elementary or secondary level?
-What is your best quality as a PE teacher right now? What do you need to work on the most?
-What task do you find most difficult as a teacher? Please share with us why?
-What are the components of a quality physical education program? How would you prioritize these components, along with giving justification for your choices?
-What are the top 3 goals of your physical education program?
-As always, there is talk of cutbacks, and it seems we always have to justify a few of our positions, PE being one of them. What would you do to convince those in decision making positions that PE in our school is important and children are learning valuable things in PE?
-Can you briefly detail what a 30-45 minute lesson would look like in your PE class?
-We have heard a lot about the "New PE" (i.e., Sports Illustrated and other popular press articles). What is this and do you plan on bringing this kind of PE to our district?
-How would you describe a developmentally appropriate curriculum?
-How do you provide for individual differences in your class?
-In addition to the PE position, we will have a ___________ coaching position open. Would you be interested in this?
-Our parents are very active and involved in the education of their children. How will you work towards quality communication and dialogue with the parents?
-How do you plan to resolve any conflicts that may arise with parents?
--Our school is focusing on integration throughout the curriculum. How do you see physical education fitting into this?
-Can you give me some examples of ways you feel that collaborative efforts between you and the classroom teachers could be achieved?
-Do you have any ideas on how me might promote our PE program in the community?
-Many of our teachers and parents don't think learning occurs in PE. Convince us that this happens and how you can demonstrate that learning will occur in your PE class?
-How do you plan to assess your student's progress and your teaching in physical education?
-There is a big push in our school district to significantly raise our physical fitness test scores. How would you go about doing this?
-How do you feel about the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in your classes? Are you open to this and do you have experience with this?
-Do you have any experience using technology in your physical education program? If so, elaborate on those experiences? How do you feel about it?
-Do you see any advantages to having Internet access as a PE teacher? Give specific examples how you would use the Internet for your own professional development and with your students.
-Our state is putting pressure on us to integrate technology into our curriculum? How can this be done in PE?
-How do you handle discipline problems? What are your classroom management strategies? What do you do to minimize discipline problems?
-What do you expect to be doing 1 and 5 years from now?
-Could you elaborate on any of the current reform documents that have recently been recognized as guiding physical education today? (DAPE documents, Surgeon Generalâs Report, Healthy People 2000, National Standards for Physical Education, NASPE PE Outcomes Project, etc.)
-What professional organizations do you belong to? What professional physical education journals do you read? What is the last professional conference you attended?

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