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Interviewing 101


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This session will cover the basics of interviewing and how to set yourself apart from other teacher candidates. Learn great interviewing techniques through role-playing and hands-on activities that will help you land that job!

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Interviewing 101

  1. 1. Making the Grade in YOUR Job Search:A Teacher’s Guide to Career Success Interviewing 101: Tips and Strategies for Landing that Job Presented by: Bethany Bagley College of Education Career Consultant
  2. 2. InterviewingFundamentals
  3. 3. On average, it takes an interviewerless than 4 minutes to make a decision about a candidate.
  4. 4. In 95% of cases the decision that is madein the first few minutes did not change by the end of the interview.
  5. 5. Interviewing Fundamentals:What do School Administrators Look for? Content (WHAT you say):  Clearly articulate career goals  Demonstrate knowledge of profession  Use specific examples, success stories  Prepare great questions to ask Style (HOW you say it):  Delivery and mannerisms  First impressions
  6. 6. How to Prepare
  7. 7. How to Prepare Know yourself Know the school Know the fit
  8. 8. Know Yourself:Be Able to Identify & Market your Skills Communication  Problem-solver Leadership  Organizational Technology  Vision/Goal Oriented Innovative  Motivation/Initiative Teamwork  Creativity
  9. 9. Know the School:Resources for Research GA Dept. of Education School District Website Community Information Volunteering/Networking Informational Interviews Internet Search
  10. 10. Know the School:Resources for Research  Demographics  Vision  Belief Statements Instructional Departments  Accomplishments  Mission  Future Goals
  11. 11. Making a Successful 1st Impression
  12. 12. Let’s Start with the Basics: S.E.N.T.  Smile  Eye Contact  Name  Touch  Handshake
  13. 13. Measures of Evaluation:First Impressions  Posture / Body Language  Enthusiasm & Energy  Professional Attire
  14. 14. More than 70% ofyour first impression is based on appearance.
  15. 15. Based on 1st impression,who would you buy a car from: This guy? This guy?
  16. 16. Based on 1stimpression, who would you hire?
  17. 17. Candidate A: Candidate B:
  18. 18. Candidate A: Candidate B:
  19. 19. Professional Attire:Women Men Professional blouse  Professional business Business suit suit (slacks/dress/skirt)  White button down shirt Closed-toed dress shoes (or other muted colors) Conservative jewelry  Conservative tie Conservative hairstyle  Dark slacks Subtle perfume or none  Dark dress shoes  Conservative hairstyle
  20. 20. Professional Attire: Dress for Success Business Professional vs. Business Casual Suit Colors: Black, Navy, Charcoal Grey
  21. 21. Questions to Expect
  22. 22. Traditional Interview Questions  Tell me about yourself.  What are your career goals?  What are your strengths (and weaknesses)?  How did you choose UGA? Your major?  Why should we hire you? Answers:  Keep answer under 2 minutes.
  23. 23. How to Answer Questions Givespecific past examples/situations that reflect your accomplishments or portray you in a positive light Provideexamples of your greatest strengths and skill set Research the district and school
  24. 24. Behavioral-BasedQuestions Describe a time when…. Tell me about a time when… Give me an example when… How to Answer ?
  25. 25. STAR Approach S T R AS- Describe the situation in which you were involved.T- Describe the task to be performed.A- What action did you take?R- What was the result of your action?
  26. 26. Teaching-Specific Questions Why do you want to teach? What can you contribute to our school? Why do you think you will be a successful teacher? What are the qualities of an excellent teacher? Which of these qualities do you have? Describe your student teaching experience. What was your biggest problem? How did you resolve it? How do you handle curricular content in classes with many levels of ability? What have you learned from your student teaching experience? What do you believe your role and obligations to be toward other faculty?
  27. 27. Teaching-Specific Questions What techniques do you use in developing rapport with students? What procedures work best for you in maintaining discipline? How would you individualize instruction in your classroom? Describe the role of the teacher in the learning process. What do you consider to be an ideal learning environment? How do you feel about team teaching? Why did you choose your particular area of preparation? What is the role of the school system in today’s society? What grade level do you feel most competent teaching? Why? What out-of-school experiences have you had working with children? What would you do if....? (hypothetical situations in the classroom)
  28. 28. Let’s Practice
  29. 29. Tell me about a course, work experience, or extracurricular activity in which you had to workclosely with others. How did it go? How did you overcome any difficulties?
  30. 30. What is your greateststrength and weakness?
  31. 31. Tell me about the most challengingexperience you had during student teaching? What did you learn because of that experience?
  32. 32. Tell me about a time when youexceeded your title’s expectation to complete a job or task.
  33. 33. Questions to Askand NOT to Ask
  34. 34. Questions to Ask Description of school district as per staff size, enrollment, etc. Professional growth requirements in the district, i.e., continuing education hours. How are parental contacts handled? How active is the P.T.O.? What does P.T.O. spend money on? How do teachers handle needs from P.T.O.? Does P.T.O. have a major project each year? What extra duties are expected of teachers (i.e., bus duty, car duty, lunch duty, etc.)? Are there any new “programs” (school-wide or grade-level) that are new or unique to the school? How long have they been in place? Are any being looked at as future possibilities? When can I expect to hear from you?
  35. 35. Prohibited Employment Policies/Practices Race  National Origin Color  Age (40 or older) Religion  Disability Sex (including  Genetic pregnancy) information
  36. 36. How to Conclude the Interview
  37. 37. How to Conclude the Interview  Reiterate your interest in the school  Determine appropriate follow-up  Get contact information from interviewers  Write thank-you notes within 24 hours  Formal vs. Informal (fine stationary vs. email)  Remind administrators of conversation highlights
  38. 38. Interviewing Tips
  39. 39. School Districts Speak Out!What is the biggest no-no in an interview? “apathy, lack of flexibility” “Not being professional in every way - dress, manner, presentation, knowledge.” “Not dressing appropriately, looking around for others in the room while an interviewer is talking to them, and having a sloppy copy of their resume. You are looking for the small things knowing that if they take care of the small things, they will take care of the larger issues they will face on the job.” “Poor dress or language skills” “To show up late and/or unprepared”
  40. 40. TOP 10 INTERVIEW TIPS1. Research the school and the program.2. Arrive 10-15 minutes early.3. Dress for success.4. Have a firm handshake and display confidence.5. Use body language to show interest.6. Listen.7. Bring extra copies of your resume.8. Have questions prepared ahead of time.9. Ask about the next step in the process.10. Thank the interviewers and follow-up with thank-you notes/emails to each interviewer.
  41. 41. Get Practice!Schedule an appointment for a mock interview Call 706.542.3375
  42. 42. QUESTIONS ?
  43. 43. Come visit me at the Career Center!To make an appointment call 706-542-3375 OR Visit Satellite Hours in Aderhold 124N every Tuesday from 3:00pm- 5:00pm OR Visit Walk-Ins HoursAvailable everyday in Clark Howell Hall from 12:00pm-2:00pm