Why did you choose career in teaching?


Every interview starts with simple, general questions. Interviewers will either ask you to introduce yourself or they will inquire about your career choice.

They do so to get a quick understanding of who you are, why you want to be a teacher, and how good your communication skills happen to be.

Good answer should meet a few criteria:

  • You should look into the future, instead of referring to the past. Saying that you apply for this job because you graduated from the field of teaching (or special education) is not a good answer. It indicates a must, not a desire.
  • You should show right motives and understanding for the job. Good applicants does not talk about money and benefits, but about meaningful purpose of a teaching job.
  • Good answer is a short one. This is just a start of an interview, a warm-up question. So do not talk five minutes about your career choice (unless you have an amazing and entertaining story to tell). Be clear, speak to the point and start with enthusiasm.

Sample Answers

I have been always looking for a job in which one can find a meaningful purpose, do something for the community. Teaching was my choice and since I found a great joy in educating the others, I still stick with it. I hope to get my first full time job with you.

I believe that children need good role models and leaders, in order to create healthy attitudes, opinions and formulas of thinking. Too many children come from divorced or incomplete families, and it is not easy for them to find their place in life, their leading figures, and they struggle to live well. I want to help them to find their place, and teach them all they need to know to make right decisions. I consider this my mission, and that’s why I decided to pursue teaching career. I can’t imagine doing anything else for living.

I have a child with generic disorder, so it is mostly for personal reasons. I started as an elementary teacher but after my child was born, I realized that special education is the field to get involved in. I have a great belief that if taught the right way, special need children can find their place in society and their abilities can improve…


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Question about your career choice is not the only difficult one you’ll deal with in your teaching interview. Check some great sample answers to other tough questions on the page of the eBook I wrote for you, the Teacher Interview Guide. Thank you!


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