Paraprofessional Interview Questions

"Paraprofessionals provide assistance to licensed professionals in different occupational fields such as education, healthcare, and law. In an interview context, expect to answer questions about your knowledge of the field as well as how you would offer adequate support to your professional counterpart. For help with the specific questions you'll be asked, try a particular paraprofessional title like paraprofessional educator, paramedic, or paralegal."

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Denver Public Schools
Special Education Paraprofessional was asked...May 19, 2016

What is a situation in which you have been challenged by a student and how did you meet that challenge and learn from it for future lessons

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I had a student who would keep talking even when she wasn’t supposed to. I tried changing her seat frequently, talking to her parents then finally settled on having her take a paper and write out what’s on her mind in the back of the room which seemed most effective. I also found that letting her help with tasks worked Less

I talked about a student with autism I had that used to spit on me and other paras every time we tried to get him to learn and do work. I explained the many tactics we came up with and tried as a team and the many ways I tried on my own to get his behavior to change. Until we finally came up with a tactic of reward and recoil that got him away from spiting and excited to do work. Less

Corpus Christi Independent School District

What would you do if a student became physically aggressive in the classroom?

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I would make certain all other students were safe. Removal of the other classroom students first, then deescalate the aggressive behavior next. Less

Edina Public Schools

What is the role of the teacher in a classroom? what is the role of a paraprofessional?

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I talked about the para handling behavior issues, differentiating instruction, and letting the student go at his or her own pace Less

Achievement First

Will be any issue to work from 7 until 3:30?

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No I don't have any with that timings.

I have to doble check with my husband

No. I do not have a problem with those timings

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Little Elm ISD

What would you do if a student came in and tell you they had been abused.

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I would notify the police immediately. I learned in my School and Society class in college that this is exactly what to do. Less

I’d let the student know they’re in a safe place. I won’t judge them. Next I’ll tell my supervisor to see what I should do then report to CPS as I’m a mandated reporter leaving a copy of report with supervisor Less

I would be empathetics with the student and contact the appropriate personnel in order for the students to get the needed help. Less

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What sparked your interest in this position?

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Although I am retired, I still have a passion to see students of all disabilities succeed to their fullest potential so continuing as substitute paraprofessional I can continue to use my knowledge and skills in helping students learn Less

I would like to continue using my skills with students with disabilities

My passion for working with students

Uinta County School District #1

If were were stopped in town by a parent of a student you have worked with, would you discuss problems with the student with the parent.

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I said that I would not, because I would feel it would be better discussed by their teacher or school administrator. Less

No it’s not the place

New York City Department of Education

why do you want to be a para?

3 Answers

I have a good experience working with Autistic children


I Work in a school already I am a School - Aide I Work in this school about 21 yrs almost PS 298 Dr Betty Shabazz my kids went to this school on my lunch break I going into class and help some student with they work and help then with they math problem I thing I could be helpful in the classroom helping the teacher out I would like to be a paraprofessional help some student out when they stuck on word they don't know and help they to read Less

Catapult Learning

How would you deal with an at-risk student that becomes a distraction in the classroom?

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Speak to them calmly. Ask them to step to the side away from the crowd so that I can talk to them one-on-one. Less

I would ask them 3 questions. What are they suppose to be doing? Why are they not doing? What are they going to do now? Say thank you and walk away. Anne Leake Less

If greater distraction ask child to stand outside.

Cobb County School District

where do I see myself in 10 years? my goals and objective.

2 Answers

I plan to join OUSD full time I want to be full fledged para educator

My goal is to be a psychologist. I am currently in school pursuing a major in psychology. My goal is to make a difference in anyway I can while utilizing my life experience with on going education. I believe everyone has a voice and a good advocate to make their voice be heard. Less

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