In addition to serving as the educational and administrative head of a school, a principal acts as the public face and spokesperson. Employers will be looking for candidates who display strong communication skills, the ability to resolve issues among the staff, students, and their families, and a clear vision for a healthy learning environment. To excel in your interview, come prepared with examples of past conflicts you have successfully handled and ideas around how you would foster active learning situations.
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.