I brought the 2 D work of the kids in an empty soda pop case box, with the
best work on top, that can be viewed by the interviewer at a glance, without
opening a portfolio.
If he wants to see one, put the artwork in his hand, while you talk about it.
I would suggest grouping work by grade, clip each grade level together, so if
asked for a sample for 3rd gr, you can find it quickly.
I had an open, low box of 3 D work, that can be viewed with a glance.
I had my work in a portfolio. I don't offer to show it, I get the idea if he
wants to see my work, he'll ask. When I have offered to show my work, I have
heard, I'm interested in what you can get out of the kids, a teacher can be a
great artist but must be able to get the kids to produce.
I bought the book about interviewing, "What Color is your Parachute?" and
took notes and studied them. I went to an interviewing workshop offered at my
college to alums and received helpful handouts and playacted interviews.
What I remember:
Keep your mouth shut.
Answer THE question asked in 2 min. and back it up with verbal examples.
Ask what keeps him awake at night, to discover any problems without asking
if he has any problems directly, and tell how you would solve the problem.
Ask what he expects from the teacher he chooses, then answer to the point,
how you can do what he expects.
Ask if he has any reservations about your qualifications, then if he does,
alleviate his reservations with examples of how you handled a similar
situation in the past.
Don't say anything negative about your past employer.
If asked what you think is your weakness, be ready to answer, and have a
Talk about adding more than you asked for, I'm guilty. Sue