Assistant principals take on a variety of responsibilities, from overseeing school activities and events to handling teachers, students, and parents, so be prepared to answer a variety of personality and situational questions that will assess your leadership style, conflict-management abilities, and decision-making skills. Employers may ask how you would deal with complaining parents, unmotivated students, or conflicts between teachers. Make sure to highlight your passion for education, levelheaded communication skills, and willingness to offer challenging perspectives to the principal.
Scenario questions. You have a mad parent coming in about a teacher. How would you proceed?
Assistant principals are responsible are expected to handle emotionally charged situations with calm and steady confidence. Take time to listen to the angry parent, evaluate the root causes of the issue, and try to find a rational solution that alleviates tension.