Common Interview Questions – DEPED Application


Here are the common interview questions along with the simple tips in answering them. These are for teacher applicants who are hoping to be a part of the DepEd family. One process you have to go through is the interview.

DepEd application for teachers is now on-going. Aside from the pertinent papers to be submitted, teacher applicants have to go through certain process in order to be qualified. This includes face-to-face interview, taking the EPT (English Proficiency Test), and teaching demonstration.

As an interviewee, you should be able to predict the possible questions and prepare your answers beforehand. Since you are applying for a teaching position, anything in line with the profession could be asked by the interviewer.

Note that these are only guides, the best answers will be those that came from the heart. Most of all, your answers are not the only bases for your rating but the way you answer the questions…your attitude, patience, confidence, truthfulness and the passion burning in your heart.

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  1. Tell me about yourself.

Most likely, this is the first question asked in any interview. Every interviewee should have prepared his/her answer to this. You may start with the basic information about yourself (you may use your biodata as your guide). You can also share your interests and other skills. Then, slowly lead your answer to your reason for applying the job and why should you be hired.

  1. Why should we hire you?

Think of all the positive reasons for this, but make sure to be true to yourself. Avoid too much impressing, humility is still an aseet.

  1. What is your greatest strength?

It is important to discuss the attributes that will qualify you for the job and set you apart from the other applicants.

  1. What is your greatest weakness?

The answer to this question is obviously in connection to you and how you manage your job. Avoid personal answers which have nothing to do with your position. After citing your weakness, say something that you may or want to do in order to overcome such weakness.

  1. Why are you leaving or why have you left your job?

You should answer this without sounding that you are complaining or that you are annoyed. Avoid exaggeration and just stick to the facts, but do not be too pessimistic as well.

  1. Why do you want this job? / Why did you decide to become a teacher?

You just have to ask your heart for you to answer this genuinely. The best answer is still in line with your passion and love for teaching (think of the students of course).

  1. What is your teaching philosophy?

Ask these to yourself: “What drives me to teach?” “What is my approach to teaching, what guides me and how do I run my classroom?”

Everyone will have a unique answer on this, depending on the personal experience and belief.

  1. Describe a difficult work situation or task and how you overcome it.

This is somehow the same with your failure and accomplishment. For you be exact and concise, you can use the STAR Approach in answering this question.

S (Situation) – tell something (description) of the situation you were in.

T (Task) – state the task given to or expected from you. Also, the problem(s) you encountered.

A (Action) – share the things/solutions you did to solve or overcome the situation.

R (Result) – state the positive result/outcome of the situation.


  • What are your salary expectations?
  • How do you handle stress and pressure?
  • What are your goals for the future?
  • What is you routine as a teacher? How do you prepare your classroom? students? paperworks?
  • How do you evaluate students?
  • How do you communicate with parents?
  • How is the relationship between you and your co-teachers?
  • What motivates you?

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