Adult Daze: Interviews

27 April 2012

{my school bag}

The next step in my adult experience that I want to share with you is the process of interviewing. I'm sure for some people it's old hat, but when you first time you walk in to meet a potential employer it can make your nerves rattle.

Of course, interviewing will be different with each field but I want to share how I have been preparing for a good education interview.

Step One. Apply! Of course this step seems so basic that it almost shouldn't be mentioned but it is hiring season and you need to submit your applications online, pronto!

Step Two. Practice fielding questions. I have been using this "Sample Interview Questions" guide each time I have an interview to prep for possible questions. It has definitely been helpful! You really need to get in the education mindset. Don't wing it going in, have prepared answers and be thinking about it on the car ride there so that you're not stumbling over your words in the interview.

Step Three. Bring a copy of your resume. I've only had to hand this to a potential employer in one interview, but it's definitely worth having in your bag or portfolio. Can't hurt to bring an extra copy.

Step Four. Be on time. When my interview was two hours away I left almost three hours to get there. This one speaks for itself: DON'T BE LATE.

Step Five. Be yourself. When you get to the interview smile, make a few jokes, have a conversation. Remember, they're not just interviewing you - you're also interviewing them. They are competing with other districts for the best candidates. Try to relax. This took a while to really sink in for me, but it's certainly true.


That's my quick guide. However, for any hopefuls out there I'm going to share some questions that I have been fielding a LOT in interviews lately. (Also be prepared to talk to just the principal or even several administrators. They probably won't warn you how many people will be interviewing before you get there, just know it could be more than one person.)

  • How do you differentiate for your students? (Every interviewer has asked about this!)
  • What does a typical lesson look like for you? 
  • How do you engage students in the lesson?
  • How would you teach seafloor spreading? (no joke!)
  • When and why did you decide to become a teacher? (Common)
  • If you had to describe yourself in three words what would they be?
  • How do you assess student learning?
  • How do you deal with late work? Do you give zeros?
  • What is your way of dealing with behavior management? (always asked)
  • What is your favorite way to use technology? 
  • What type of technology are you comfortable with?
  • How do you feel about co-teaching? (meaning with a special ed instructor)
  • What do you consider effective teaching?
  • What extra-curricular activities would you be interested in leading/coaching?
  • How do you feel about working with a team?
Ok, that is a good summary and with the exception of the seafloor spreading outlier, those questions are asked often. Hope this helps some teaching candidates out there! Best of luck. 

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