Interviewing APs? We’ve Got the Questions for You

The selection of an Assistant Principal (AP) is a crucial decision for a school. An AP can have a significant impact on the culture and overall success of the institution. To ensure you are selecting the right candidate, it’s essential to ask thought-provoking questions during the interview process. Here, we provide an essential list of questions to help guide your interviews with potential APs.

1. Describe your leadership style and how you see that aligning with our school’s mission and values.

2. What do you consider to be your strongest qualities as an Assistant Principal, and how would you use them to improve our school?

3. How do you plan on promoting a positive school culture and building strong relationships among different groups within our community?

4. As an Assistant Principal, how do you balance supporting teachers while simultaneously holding them accountable for their performance?

5. Describe a time when you faced a challenging situation or conflict. How did you handle it, what was the outcome, and what did you learn from the experience?

6. How would you handle discipline within the school, including both minor offenses and more severe cases that may require disciplinary action?

7. In your opinion, what is the role of an Assistant Principal in supporting students with special education needs? Can you provide examples of specific strategies and best practices?

8. What methods do you use to assess student progress in meeting academic standards, and how would you support teachers in adjusting their instructional approaches accordingly?

9. Explain how you would involve parents, families, and community stakeholders in addressing challenges or opportunities that arise within the school.

10. Can you share some of your ideas for improving teacher professional development opportunities at our school? How would these initiatives contribute to an overall positive environment and drive professional growth?

11. Give examples of your experience in developing or supporting programs for ensuring equity and inclusiveness within a diverse school community.

12. How do you stay current with educational trends and research, and how would you apply this knowledge to our school?

By asking these questions during an interview, you can gain a deeper understanding of a candidate’s capabilities, experiences, and approach to problem-solving. Their answers will provide valuable insights into their readiness for the role and how well they align with your school’s mission and values.

Remember, however, that no two candidates are the same, and every situation is unique. You may need to tweak the questions or ask additional follow-up questions based on the responses provided. The most important aspect of interviewing potential APs is that you gather the information necessary to make the best decision for your school.