Teachers' interview skills guide


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Teachers' interview skills guide

  1. 1. Preparing for teaching interviewsHow to give yourself the best chance
  2. 2. Objectives• To provide you with advice, skills and resources for advancing your career in (or out of) education• This session will enable you to prepare effectively for interview
  3. 3. The job application processCareer planning and sourcing jobs• Personal strengths and attributes; print media and online; networkingApplying for suitable jobs• Cover letter, CV, selection criteriaSecuring the right job• 1st and 2nd Interview, try-out, testing
  4. 4. Applying for suitable jobs Purpose: To get short-listed for interviewWhat Objective PerspectiveCover letter Demonstrate you can write, spell, Personal voice, sense research the school, structure a of self coherent and compelling argumentCV (resume) Detail your relevant skills, knowledge Legal document, and experience. Meet the job objective and requirements verifiableKey selection criteria Express your role-specific views Theory and clearly, provide discussion points for philosophy, backed up interview with evidence of past behaviour
  5. 5. Career planning• Consider these factors: – What am I good at? – What do I enjoy most? – What feedback do I get from others? – What has my career progression been so far? – Where do I want to be in 5 – 10 years’ time? – What do I need (to do/have/be) to get there? – What environment will support the above factors?
  6. 6. Knowing your brand Lifestyle Hopes, drea ms and aspirations ImaginationLiberty Innovationregained Simplicity Passion
  7. 7. What are you known for?
  9. 9. Securing the right job: The interview• 30 – 60 minutes’ duration• Panel of 2 – 4 people• 5 – 8 questions, 5 minutes for each• Format can include: – Verbal questions – Written question sheet/task provided prior – Presentation on pre-determined topic – An ‘interview lesson’ – Psych testing
  10. 10. Interview questions - TypeThree types of question:• Behavioural – E.g. Tell us about a difficult student you have had to teach and how you turned them around• Hypothetical – E.g. What would you do if a parent abused you after class?• Open-ended – E.g. Tell us why you are a good fit for this school
  11. 11. How to answer Behaviour questions “Tell us about a difficult student you have had to teach and how you turned them around.”• Outline the situation – Two years ago I taught yr 9 History and had a student with Asperger’s Syndrome…• Explain what action you took – I consulted the Special Ed. Dept. about his learning style and the best way to engage him…• Describe the outcome – He responded really well, was far less disruptive than in other subjects and chose to continue History in Year 10
  12. 12. How to answer Hypothetical questions “What would you do if a parent abused you after class?”• Identify the issues – Clearly the issues here are of security, safety and due process…• Outline alternative strategies – I am aware that at this school Heads of Houses are primarily responsible for dealing with parents in the first instance…• Determine a course of action – On balance, I would suggest that the parent and I discuss the matter with …
  13. 13. How to answer open-ended questions “Tell us why you are a good Impact on the fit for this school.” community Impact on the The Ripple effect answer school Impact on the students Your KAVES
  14. 14. How to answer questions about you“Tell us why you are a good fit for this school.”• I am a very organised and dedicated leading teacher who always strives to improve my classroom practice.• I set high standards and have clear expectations or my students, who respond positively in class and tell me how much they enjoy Chemistry.• I have been told that I have helped the school lift its science results, and in particular to encourage more girls to choose science after year 9.• As a consequence, the school is gaining a better reputation within the local community…
  15. 15. Interview questions - TeacherQuestions will seek to evaluate your:• Knowledge of teaching and learning theory• Behaviour management capabilities• Future plans (PD, career)• Potential contribution to the school• Ability to deal with conflict• Ability to work in a team
  16. 16. Interview questions - ESSQuestions will seek to evaluate your:• Expertise and experience• Capacity to work independently• Work style: quiet, gregarious, efficient etc.• Reliability, punctuality and other attributes• Ability to work in a team• Future plans (PD, career)
  17. 17. Securing the right job: The interview• Preparation – Research and rehearse• Stress less – Be punctual, prepared and well-presented• Dress not distract – Appropriate attire, nothing distracting (loud ties, fancy jewellery, too much bare skin)• Positive body language – Hand shake, eye contact, posture and position
  18. 18. Interview preparation• What do you know about the school? – School and MySchool websites – Prospectus, annual report etc. – Colleagues, network – Parents and students?• What do you know about the interview panel?• What issues are topical?• What 4 key points about you do you want to convey?
  19. 19. Tips to stress less• Plan your day well in advance• Allow double the travel time• Aim to arrive 15 minutes early• Bring any prompts and other material• Find a quiet corner (in the car?)and breathe deeply with your eyes closed• Accept a glass of water if offered
  20. 20. What should I wear?• Dress professionally for success!• Find out the dress code of the school• Save your Mickey Mouse tie/socks for another occasion!• No dangly earrings or plunging necklines• Polish your shoes, cover tattoos and piercings• Forget the heavy scent and make-up• Ask someone’s opinion
  21. 21. Projecting positive body language• Make good, confident eye contact often• Extend your hand; offer a firm handshake• Smile• Sit upright, face the interviewer• Listen carefully; paraphrase to demonstrate understanding• Try to project confidence: important for classroom management• Be yourself!
  22. 22. Conclusions• Practice makes perfect• Applying for jobs is an exercise in selling – Know what you are selling – Ensure it is what people want• Interviews are merely conversations with a consequence• If in doubt, ask someone for help
  23. 23. To download this presentationregister at www.schooljobs.com.au For more information about Steve Whittington see www.oxfordeducation.com.au