What are Administrators Really Looking for in an Interview?<br />NEA Student Connections Conference (Nov. 6-8, 2009)<br />...
RANDOM INFORMATION<br />
Fast growing states: <br />Southern and Western: Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Georgia<br />Midwest – steady<br />Northeast – de...
“FAVORABLE”Where Would You Like to Work?<br />Time to do your homework!!<br />
YOUR PROFESSION SHOULD BE A REFLECTION OF YOUR VALUES<br />Urban / Suburban / Rural<br />School environment<br />Lifestyle...
Where you can find more information<br />Chamber of Commerce<br />Visitors Bureau<br />State / System / School websites<br...
In the interview your answers to questions asked should reflect that you know about the job you have applied for.<br />You...
Research the Hiring Process<br />HOW?<br />WHO?<br />WHAT?<br />WHEN?<br />WHERE?<br />
COMPLETING THE APPLICATION<br />HOW?<br />Application process<br />Online, paper, downloads<br />Resume’<br />Mail it in?<...
Getting Prepared for the Interview<br />First Impression is a Lasting Impression<br />What does your first impression say ...
Telephones<br />Making Calls:<br />Get directions<br />Find out who you are seeing<br />Get information<br />Be courteous<...
Times and Locations<br />On time is not “on time”<br />Be 15 minutes early just incase they are ahead of schedule<br />Can...
Attire (common sense) <br />MEN<br />Suit: 2-pieced matched, conservative colors & fabrics, and tie<br />Shirt: long-sleev...
Reminder for Everyone<br />Hair: neat & clean<br />Shoes: polished, not worn<br />Details: buttons, lint, tags, stitching<...
Presenting Yourself<br />Firm handshake<br />Friendly smile<br />Eye contact<br />Reminders for Everyone<br /><ul><li>Brin...
Be attentive
Ask to repeat questions you do not understand
Talk to everyone
Bring pad to take notes
Smile
Do not dominate
Do not be offended</li></li></ul><li>Interview Questions<br />You know they are going to ask…<br />BE CONFIDENT, NOT COCKY...
Why do you want to be a teacher?<br />Tell me about your strengths and weaknesses.<br />Relate to the profession. Tell a s...
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  1. 1. What are Administrators Really Looking for in an Interview?<br />NEA Student Connections Conference (Nov. 6-8, 2009)<br />Presented by: Danny L. Weeks<br />
  2. 2. RANDOM INFORMATION<br />
  3. 3. Fast growing states: <br />Southern and Western: Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Georgia<br />Midwest – steady<br />Northeast – decline <br />Teachers who are geographically mobile and who obtain licensure in more than one subject have advantages over others. <br />Content areas most available include mathematics, science, bilingual education and foreign languages<br />Job opportunities are more abundant in inner cities (high demand) and rural areas (due to lack of resources)<br />
  4. 4. “FAVORABLE”Where Would You Like to Work?<br />Time to do your homework!!<br />
  5. 5. YOUR PROFESSION SHOULD BE A REFLECTION OF YOUR VALUES<br />Urban / Suburban / Rural<br />School environment<br />Lifestyle match<br />
  6. 6. Where you can find more information<br />Chamber of Commerce<br />Visitors Bureau<br />State / System / School websites<br />Do not box yourself into any preconceived ideas.<br />Where you live<br />Where you went to school<br />Where you student taught<br />
  7. 7. In the interview your answers to questions asked should reflect that you know about the job you have applied for.<br />You need to persuade the employer that you are “the” fit for their needs. <br />
  8. 8. Research the Hiring Process<br />HOW?<br />WHO?<br />WHAT?<br />WHEN?<br />WHERE?<br />
  9. 9. COMPLETING THE APPLICATION<br />HOW?<br />Application process<br />Online, paper, downloads<br />Resume’<br />Mail it in?<br />Drop it off?<br /> If you have a choice, drop it off so you can set up an interview.<br />Handwriting and Spelling<br />Consider attaching a picture<br />Questions<br />Legal Questions: do not LIE!<br />References<br />Returning<br />YOUR ELECTRONIC BACKGROUND<br />Social networking sites (CLEAN IT UP!!)<br /><ul><li>they will look for you</li></ul>E-Mail addresses (use a professional username)<br /><ul><li>College / University accounts</li></li></ul><li>WHO?<br />Timing / Location<br />Attire<br />Questions<br />Follow-up<br />Interview process:<br />Principle<br />HR<br />DSI (District Superintendent)<br />Hiring process:<br />Panels<br />Expect the unexpected<br />WHEN? – THE INTERVIEW<br />
  10. 10. Getting Prepared for the Interview<br />First Impression is a Lasting Impression<br />What does your first impression say about you? Is it what you want said?<br />
  11. 11. Telephones<br />Making Calls:<br />Get directions<br />Find out who you are seeing<br />Get information<br />Be courteous<br />Leave messages<br />Be patient<br />VOICE: smile<br />Receiving Calls:<br />Clean up voice mails<br />Ring tones<br />Roommate issues<br />Return calls promptly<br />Do not be a nuisance<br />
  12. 12. Times and Locations<br />On time is not “on time”<br />Be 15 minutes early just incase they are ahead of schedule<br />Cancel your appointment instead of being late<br />Know where you are going and who you are to meet<br />Building, floor, name of person(s)<br />Be courteous to everyone<br />
  13. 13. Attire (common sense) <br />MEN<br />Suit: 2-pieced matched, conservative colors & fabrics, and tie<br />Shirt: long-sleeved, white, light blue, or conservative strips<br />Socks: dark, no skin<br />Shoes: leather, business<br />Belt: matches shoes<br />Facial Hair: well groomed<br />Jewelry: conservative<br />Detailed: clean, well-pressed, tacking, tags<br />No Odors<br />WOMEN<br />Suit: 2-pieced matched, conservative colors & fabrics, avoid extremes<br />Skirt: appropriate length<br />Shirts/Sweaters: under suit jacket, don’t attract viewers<br />Jewelry: conservative<br />Cosmetics: conservative make-up, nail color, length<br />Shoes: style & height<br />Purse/Bag: small, coordinated<br />No Odors<br />
  14. 14. Reminder for Everyone<br />Hair: neat & clean<br />Shoes: polished, not worn<br />Details: buttons, lint, tags, stitching<br />Hands: clean, nails<br />Fit: clean, neat, fitting<br />Smell: perfumes, cologne, no odors<br />Pad folio: preferred to briefcase<br />Tattoos & piercings<br />Know expectations<br />
  15. 15. Presenting Yourself<br />Firm handshake<br />Friendly smile<br />Eye contact<br />Reminders for Everyone<br /><ul><li>Bring extra resume’
  16. 16. Be attentive
  17. 17. Ask to repeat questions you do not understand
  18. 18. Talk to everyone
  19. 19. Bring pad to take notes
  20. 20. Smile
  21. 21. Do not dominate
  22. 22. Do not be offended</li></li></ul><li>Interview Questions<br />You know they are going to ask…<br />BE CONFIDENT, NOT COCKY<br />
  23. 23. Why do you want to be a teacher?<br />Tell me about your strengths and weaknesses.<br />Relate to the profession. Tell a story.<br /><ul><li>Skills and abilities to relate to various groups
  24. 24. Take something negative and spin it positively</li></ul>Tell me about yourself. <br />Appropriate timeline.<br />Include skills and abilities.<br />Tell me about team Teaching.<br />Why should I hire you?<br /><ul><li>Ability to work and get along with coworkers
  25. 25. Flexibility
  26. 26. Team environment
  27. 27. Reiterate your skills and abilities.</li></li></ul><li>Describe your classroom.<br />What do you look for in your administrators?<br />Teaching style<br />Classroom management<br />Student involvement<br />Philosophy of learning<br />assessment<br /><ul><li>Potential conflicts
  28. 28. Vision & Goals
  29. 29. Team-work</li></ul>Do you have any questions for me?<br />Why would you want to work here?<br /><ul><li>Thoughtful preparation
  30. 30. Nothing you cannot easily research
  31. 31. Ask some questions
  32. 32. Can you tell me about …
  33. 33. Visit schools (possibly)</li></ul>Reflect your research with that school/district<br />Values<br />Reputation<br />
  34. 34. Thank you and Follow-UpandWhat if…<br />
  35. 35. Thank you & Follow-up<br />Leave gracefully<br />Don’t be demanding<br />Send: handwritten notes<br />Timely fashion<br />Correct names and spelling <br />You were offered the job today?<br />Ask time to consider it unless it is the perfect job for you<br />Time to consider: weekend or 2-3 days<br />Know their process<br />What if . . .<br />
  36. 36. If you have “the one” perfect job opportunity,practice somewhere else first!!<br />
  37. 37. THANK YOU!<br />Any Questions??<br />PowerPoint will be posted on _______.<br />Handouts: Interview do’s and don’ts, list of possible questions asked at interviews<br />

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