Paraprofessional Interview Questions

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Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

Most schools employ paraprofessionals who assist classroom teachers and support the students. This resource provides interview questions that will help you determine which candidates are a good fit for your school and its culture.

Choose a Good Candidate

When interviewing candidates for a paraprofessional position, you are trying to determine how they will function on a daily basis in a support role for the benefit of your students. As you go through the interview process with the candidates you have selected, the following questions will help you dig deeper into their approach to this job, their skill set, and how they view the role of a paraprofessional.

History/Preferences Questions

Here are some basic questions that cover a little history of the applicant, their opinions, preferences, and willingness. You can also use these to assess the preparedness, attitude, and communication abilities of the applicant.

  • What made you want to become a paraprofessional?

  • Why do you want this position?

  • Are you willing to participate in extracurricular activities?

  • What grade levels do you prefer to work with?

  • Are you willing to work with students in general education classrooms as well as special education students?

  • Describe any credentials or special training you have received that prepared you to work as a paraprofessional.

  • How do you approach behavior management?

  • Why are you a good fit for this school?

  • What questions do you have about this position?

  • What characteristics should someone have to be an effective paraprofessional?

  • What do you think is the most important part of a paraprofessional's job?


Here are some questions that pose specific hypothetical situations and ask how the interviewee might respond:

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