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Week 4B: Interview Skills for New Teachers - 2014

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Week 4B: Interview Skills for New Teachers - 2014

  1. 1. Week #4: The End is Only the Beginning – Let the Job Hunt Begin
  2. 2. Interviewers Want to Know...  …how well you meet the requirements of the teaching profession (KSAs).  ...how interested you are in teaching.  ...how well you will “fit” within the school culture.  ...what the advantages are of hiring you over someone else.  …how ready you are to teach
  3. 3. Interviewees Want to Know...  …how well the position and school board suit my needs and goals.  …what the employer has to offer me.  …what the advantages are of working for this school board as opposed to others.  …if my training has prepared me to teach in this school division
  4. 4. Success in an interview depends upon…  …your knowledge about yourself, especially your skills and interests related to teaching (study your portfolio)  …your knowledge of the position and school board.  …your understanding of why you are suited to the teaching position.  …your interview skills.
  5. 5. Some Skills Required for Teaching  Communication  Patience and  Conflict resolution  Evaluation   Group facilitation   Interpersonal   Motivation   Organization  understanding Problem solving Program planning Public speaking Record keeping Supervision
  6. 6. Preparing for the Interview  Start with a self-assessment  Learn as much as you can about the position   responsibilities skills and qualifications required  Learn as much as you can about the school/school board  Reflect on what you know about yourself as a teacher and a learner
  7. 7. Researching School Boards Find out:  The size and location of the school district.  The mission/vision statement, goals and     objectives of the school board. Unique features of the school district and the specific schools within the district. Regulations and policies within the district. Any major challenges/issues the school district currently may face. Other information?  Create a Wordle from their website
  8. 8. More Interview Preparation Tips  Compare what you know about yourself with what     you know about the position and organization Prepare some questions to ask Practice, practice, practice Find out as much as you can about the interviewers and interview process Review the application you submitted for the position and your teaching portfolio
  9. 9. Still More Interview Preparation Tips  Get your “interview kit” ready    Teaching Portfolio Pad of paper and a pen/pencil Name and phone number of the interviewer     in case you’re delayed List of questions to ask the interviewer Copy of your application documents List of references and copies of reference letters to give at the interview.  Get a good night’s sleep and eat something about an hour before the interview
  10. 10. Stages of the Interview Stage 1  Opening the Interview Stage 2  Exchange of Information Stage 3  Closing the Interview
  11. 11. Stage 1: Opening the Interview  Introductions  Establishing  Setting rapport the agenda
  12. 12. Making a Favourable First Impression  Dress appropriately.  Look clean and well groomed.  Be punctual.  Greet the interviewer(s) with enthusiasm.  Smile and be friendly to everyone.  Make eye contact.  Don’t be afraid to make small talk. Dress for Success: What not to wear? What to wear for men ? And women?
  13. 13. Stage 2: Exchange of Information  Be prepared to ask questions as well as provide answers to the interviewers’ questions  Sit comfortably  Be aware of non-verbal communication   What does your body language and voice tell the interviewer? What does the interviewers’ body language tell you?
  14. 14. Some Sure Signs the Interviewer’s Attention is Wandering  shuffling papers  finger tapping  hands playing with things  eyes down or glazed over  looking at watch/clock  scratching head  lying back in chair sighing legs repeatedly changing position picking lint off clothes picking lint off your clothes (do something quick!!) (Source: The Student Guide to Job Hunting by Francois Cote)
  15. 15. Interview Questions  Structured format  questions are pre-determined  all applicants are asked the same questions  questions tend to be specific  Unstructured format  each applicant may be asked different questions depending on the direction of the interview which is not predetermined  questions tend to be broad, general
  16. 16. Directive Interview Question  The interviewer determines the focus of your answer. “What principles do you use to motivate students?” “What additional subjects, apart from your area of specialization, would you feel confident to teach and at what level?”
  17. 17. Non-Directive Interview Question  You determine the focus of your answer. “Tell me about yourself.”
  18. 18. Hypothetical Interview Question  The interviewer describes a situation and asks how you WOULD react if in a similar situation. “Suppose you are meeting with a parent who is very upset about his/her son’s marks. How would you handle this situation?” “What would you do if you found that your ideas and those of your principal differed?
  19. 19. Behaviour Descriptive Interview (BDI) Question  The interviewer asks what you DID do in a specific type of situation. “Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with a student with behavioral problems. How did you help to resolve it? What did you learn?”
  20. 20. Stress Interview Question  The interviewer intentionally introduces stress into the interview to see how well you react under pressure. “If you could be any animal, what animal would you be and why?”
  21. 21. Answering Interview Questions  Think first, answer second  Ask for clarification if necessary  Focus on your skills and     achievements Provide specific examples. Draw on work and non-work related experiences Turn negatives into positives Demonstrate good communication skills
  22. 22. Stage 3 Closing the Interview  Ask questions you have prepared that were not answered during the course of the interview  Summarize your most relevant skills and qualities  Find out what happens next  Thank the interviewer(s)
  23. 23. Leaving a Positive Lasting Impression  If invited to ask questions, do so but refrain from asking questions    that have already been answered that could be answered with a little research about salary and benefits  Summarize your relevant skills and qualities (e.g. visual summary sheet)  Remain upbeat from beginning to end  Drop off a thank you card or note the day after the interview
  24. 24. If two applicants were equal in education and experience, what traits would influence you to hire one over the other? 44% 42% 29% 28% 18% 15% 11% 10% Ability to get along with others Communication Skills Confidence Motivation/Ambition Leadership Ability Enthusiasm Maturity Learning Ability
  25. 25. Negative Factors Leading to Rejection                  Poor personal appearance Overbearing, overaggressive, conceited Inability to express oneself clearly Lack of planning/vision for career Lack of interest and enthusiasm, passive Lack of confident and poise, nervousness Failure to participate in activities Overemphasis on money Poor scholastic record Unwilling to start at the bottom Makes excuses Lack of tact Lack of maturity Lack of courtesy, poor manners Condemnation of past employers Dislike for school work Fails to look interviewer in the eye                Limp, fishy hand-shake Indecision Unhappy personal life Friction with other people Sloppy application form Cover letter/resume with errors Merely shopping around attitude Picky – wants job only for a short time Little sense of humor Long winded Impatient, doesn’t want as directed Arrives late or “just on time” Bad breath (e.g. smokers beware) Multiple piercings, tatoos etc. etc. 25
  26. 26. Mock Interviews

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