What do you consider the main challenges assistant principal face?


School room with some computers

Challenging times, youngsters are changing. Pupils are not anymore interested in education, at least not in the traditional subjects. The boom of social media and smart phones brought a lot of new challenges to schools.

A good applicant for this position should be able to list some of the challenges, and offer ideas on how to tackle each challenge.

Speak about challenges you can handle

Interviewers can easily put their templates aside, and ask an additional question. You mention a challenge, and they will ask: How do you think we can deal with this particular challenge?

Therefore it makes no sense to discuss challenges that have no solution, or challenges you can not solve. Oppositely, you should pick a challenge and offer some ideas on how to approach it. Schools prefer to hire people who will help them to face the challenges, and not people who can only see the challenge, and complain about it. They understand the problems they have nowadays, but they need you to find some solutions.

What are the common challenges?

  • High dropout rates and low academic achievements
  • Little interest in study, especially in traditional subjects
  • No interest in after school activities and courses
  • Worsening level of communication skills and social skills of young generation
  • New era addictions, such as gaming addiction, social media addiction and similar
  • “I hate my teacher” problem
  • Skipping school…

There are obviously many more challenges we face. The key is to offer a complex solution, doesn’t matter what challenge you decide to talk about in an interview. Can you do it?

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