Top Interview Questions to Help You Identify and Select Excellent Adult Ed Instructors from a Pool of Candidates

Recruiting excellent adult ed instructors is hard work. However, it is one of the most effective ways to meet your students’ needs.

But the question is, Where do you find the best teachers? How do you identify them?

The aim of this post is to show you how to identify and screen candidates—to pick the best ones from the crowd. We will look at where to find the best candidates in a future post.

Identifying good adult ed instructors requires two simple steps: 

  • Observing their performance during a 10-minute presentation
  • Having a 30-minute interview/conversation about teaching and learning

“But wait...I already do interviews!” you may claim. Not so fast…

Important Considerations

Here are two things to keep in mind:

 First, the candidate’s presentation should engage the audience and reach the target objective. The flow and the facilitation should be natural. Then, ask yourself, “If I were a student, would I be happy in this person’s class?” 

 Second, use powerful questions during the interview/conversation that cut to the chase. What do I mean? Let me clarify. I mean that you need to get into the mind of the adult ed candidate.

This post gives you a reference lists of powerful questions to help you do just that.  For example, the answers to these questions will generate key information that should make your hiring job easier. 

Without further ado, let’s dig in. Here are the nine questions I recommend:

  1. What do you do to maximize information retention?
  2. What do you do to promote knowledge transfer?
  3. How do you connect with your learners?
  4. What do you do to create a safe classroom setting conducive to learning?
  5. What are your top learner-retention strategies? 
  6. How do you build community in your classroom?
  7. How do you move learners from surface structure learning to deep-structure learning?
  8. What do you do to prepare learners for standardized testing?  
  9. What do you do to promote a learner’s autonomy?

What questions do you want to add to the list? Write them in the comment section below. 

Thanks for commenting and sharing this post with your adult ed colleagues.

The coach

Teddy Edouard is a Learning Consultant & an Instructional Coach with a passion for Teaching, Learning, and Cognitive Science. He is on a mission to help institutions, teachers, and training professionals maximize the effectiveness of their instructional and non-instructional interventions. Teddy translates adult learning theories and other research into ready-to-use classroom teaching tips and strategies for the benefits of adult learners and instructors.

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