After reading Interviews Are Like a Game Show from PrincipalsPage The Blog by Michael Smith, I realized it was time to post some interview tips for those planning on getting a new job or moving to a new school. Here are some tips that I’ve come up with and if you think of any that I might have left out, please feel free to let me know.
Do your research. Know the school that is interviewing you. Know what the school colors and mascot is. Find out the administrators names before you show up for the interview. Check out the school website.
Prepare for possible questions that may be asked. Know your philosophy of teaching. Know how you plan to handle discipline. Know how you will communicate with families and colleagues. Know your strengths and weaknesses.
Avoid showing body piercing and body art. You may like it and your friends might too but employers tend to be on the conservative side and it usually weighs against you.
Dress professionally. What you wear says a lot about you.
Go easy on the fragrances. Your interviewer (like me) may be allergic to fragrances and being cooped up in a room with someone doused in fragrance will usually make the interview short. This also doesn’t weigh in your favor either.
Show up early. If you are late, it is a reflection of your teaching practices and this makes you look pretty irresponsible.
While waiting, look around at plaques and awards. Listen to the atmosphere and how teachers and staff interact.
Don’t use profanity. How you talk makes a big impression on the interviewer.
Ask questions. Ask about the types of students who attend. Find out the economic status of the majority of the students. Find out how many teachers there are in the school.
Tell what makes you unique and above the rest of the other candidates. Explain why you are the best candidate for the job.
Make sure you smile and look happy.
I believe if you try to do these things, you will be more successful in your interview.
Posted on the Successful Teaching Blog by loonyhiker (successfulteaching at gmail dot com).
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