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A short guide to preparing and presenting effectively for teaching interviews.

A short guide to preparing and presenting effectively for teaching interviews.

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    • Preparing for teaching interviewsHow to give yourself the best chance
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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?
    • Knowing your brand Lifestyle Hopes, drea ms and aspirations ImaginationLiberty Innovationregained Simplicity Passion
    • What are you known for?
    • SECURING THERIGHT JOB
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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 …
    • 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
    • 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…
    • 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
    • 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)
    • 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
    • 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?
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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!
    • 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
    • To download this presentationregister at www.schooljobs.com.au For more information about Steve Whittington see www.oxfordeducation.com.au