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_______________ FACE TO FACE: _______________ Going for the Job Interview
Spending all those years in college to become a teacher still all boils
down to one thing - you have to get through a job interview to get hired.
Whether you are looking for your first job, or the change in employment is
the result of a move or career politics, your future is in someone else's
Teachnet readers have shared their experiences and opinions on this topic.
We'll focus primarily on the interview process as it relates to the
Preparing for the Interview
Know Yourself -
How long has it been since you reflected on who you are? Make a list of
your skills and personal interests. What are your philosophies on education
and its subcategories, like discipline, behavior and performance in the
classroom? And, above all, ask yourself why you like children and want to
teach them. Write your list as if you were sharing it with a stranger who
doesn't know you; soon enough you'll be faced with that very scenario.
Be prepared to elaborate at the interview about your coursework and work
experience, both paid and volunteer.
Get Your Portfolio in Order -
If you haven't done so lately, familiarize yourself with your portfolio,
making sure it is up-to-date. For more information on portfolios, see the
Teachnet article Selling Yourself: Creating the Ultimate Teaching/Interview
Do Your Homework -
Check out the district in any way you can. This would include web research
for the district's website if they have one, and asking questions on
education mailing lists or newsgroups. Also, with the current bashing
education gets from the general public, you can count on regular articles
in the local newspaper. If you are focusing on one district in particular,
you should be up-to-date on what the local media is saying about the school
Prepare Your List of Questions -
Intelligent, confident job candidates will have their own list of questions
for their interviewers.
Above all, be yourself. Answer questions honestly, with the eagerness and
enthusiasm you should have naturally. If you have to fake a love for
children, you are in the wrong profession. Answer questions with examples
from your portfolio which you should be able to go straight to without
digging. Ask your own questions about the job and its benefits, and about
the district in general.
The interview may be over, but your work isn't. Send a business-like letter
to your interviewer(s) thanking them for the opportunity to meet with them.
Then keep in touch with a phone call to the personnel office every week.
Plan well ahead. Get your portfolio in order, and research the school district.
Run through a mock interview.
Arrive at the interview early.
Be yourself during the interview.
Show confidence and enthusiasm.
Refer to your portfolio when answering questions.
Links and Resources
Teachnet resource: Selling Yourself: Creating the Ultimate
Links for Education Interviews:
Education Interviews: Frequently Asked Questions
Questions to Ask in Education Interviews
Teaching Interview Questions
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