When hiring a paraprofessional, it is important to understand their experience and philosophy. These interview questions will help you.
Effective interviewing is essential to finding the right paraprofessional to join your special education classroom. By asking the right questions during the interview process, you can ensure they are the best fit for your class and bring the skills and experience you need.
This article provides advice on what interview questions to ask when looking for a paraprofessional to join their team.
35 of the best para-interview questions
While not all of the questions below may be appropriate for your school, they can easily be adapted to your situation.
Choose interview questions that you believe will best understand the person applying for the position.
If you disagree with something the teacher is doing, how do you resolve the issue?
How do you resolve conflicts with co-workers?
What do you think is your role as a paraprofessional in a life skills classroom?
Can you start each day by giving each student a clean slate and not holding on to what happened yesterday?
Can you run in case of escape?
Do you know how to work without having your phone out for personal reasons?
How do you feel about changing diapers and helping students use the toilet?
What are your thoughts on student feeding and tube feeding?
Situational questions like: If Stephanie was upset because she couldn’t finish her work and it was time for you to work with her, what would you do?
Are you willing to pick up (can pick up)?
In your opinion, how important is the attendance of adults in a special classroom?
Can you chase and redirect students without picking them up?
Are you comfortable using the radio to call for help?
We are mandated reporters, would you be able to report potential abuse or neglect issues?
Why do you think it is important to teach life skills?
What do you do when you’re angry?
How satisfied are you with technology?
What is the biggest attraction of working in such a class?
What are the biggest challenges for you working in such a classroom?
Would you describe yourself as an active person?
How are you multitasking?
Are you satisfied with the data collection?
What would you say is the key to a good working relationship?
Would you consider yourself fat?
Why are you suitable for this position?
Do you have the initiative to do things you think need to be done without being asked or told?
Can you focus on the positives rather than the negatives or tell the student what to do rather than what is wrong?
Would you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
Can you handle kids kicking, hitting, scratching, biting, running, talking back, etc.?
Do you know what an IEP is?
Do you believe that all children are capable of growth and learning?
What do you think causes children’s negative behavior? How do you correct negative behavior?
What experience do you have in dealing with children with multiple and/or complex disabilities?
What do you think is the most important thing a student can learn from you?
Do you have a sense of humor?
What to look for in steam
When hiring a paraprofessional for your special education classroom, it’s important to look for someone who is patient, organized, and has the skills and experience needed to work with children with special needs.
Not everyone is a good candidate for a paragraph, and that’s okay. The above questions should help you determine how a candidate would perform in a para position.
Ideally, they should be well versed in behavior management strategies and understand developmental disorders. They should have good communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with teachers and other professionals in the classroom.
Most importantly, they should be passionate about working with children with special needs and should be committed to providing them with quality education.