Why do You Think You Can Be a Good Assistant Principal?


A room where principals use to sitHow to convince them that YOU are the best candidate for this job? It’s not easy. . . . However, if you failed to tell them why they should hire you, they would hardly find a good reason for doing that.

Therefore I suggest you to think about this question for a couple of minutes, and come up with a good reason for hiring you, explaining the value you can bring to the particular educational institution.

Job description can also help. Try to focus on the following three areas:

  • Your abilities and experience required/desired for this job.
  • Your motivation to work as an assistant principal, your enthusiasm for the position.
  • Something that makes you unique, something that differentiates you from other job applicants.

In order to further improve you chances of getting a job, try to come up with an answer suitable for a particular level of education. Let yourself be inspired with our sample answers:

Sample answers

Confused applicant for assistant principal role

I worked as a teacher at the elementary school for ten years. I have always had a personal relationship with the students, leading them, motivating them, and helping them. I also consulted parents and achieved good results in terms of improving the overall rankings of my students. However, I believe that I should do more than just teach. I consider it to be my personal mission to lead the children, to help them to find their true calling in life.  I should be a good assistant principal with my mindset.

First of all, I fulfill all the job requirements. Secondly, this is the role I have always wanted to have. Bigger responsibility, working closer to the children, especially the problematic one, that’s something I always wanted to do and can imagine myself doing well. I believe I can help making this institution a better place for everyone, and I already have in my mind some good ideas on how to achieve it.

Once you prepare your answer, do not forget that your presence in an interview should correspond with your words. For example, when you speak about enthusiasm and motivation while answering one of their questions, it’s important that they will really feel some motivation and enthusiasm in your voice…

Your verbal and non-verbal communication should simply tell the same story. . . .

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