Successful Teaching Interviews


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Originally presented to Southern Illinois University student teachers preparing to enter the education job market in several iterations beginning in 2005.

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  • Successful Teaching Interviews

    1. 1. Successful Teaching Interviews Steven M. Baule North Boone CUSD 200
    2. 2. Preparing for the Interview <ul><li>Know what job you are applying for </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>School/district website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>City/village website </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. The Process <ul><li>Review applications (Maybe 100+ for a position) </li></ul><ul><li>Screening interview – larger districts only </li></ul><ul><li>First round interview </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Small school principals/Large school department chairs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>From 3 to 8 candidates </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reference checks often done after 1 st round of interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Administrative interview </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 to 3 candidates </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Offer will be made within a week of the final interview in most cases </li></ul>
    4. 4. Getting the call <ul><li>Confirm the position being considered </li></ul><ul><li>Ask who you will be meeting with, names and titles, if possible </li></ul><ul><li>Confirm the location and time </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You may have a screening interview somewhere besides the school </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ask if you should bring anything: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Portfolio, letters, sample video, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Get a name and phone number to contact if you have an emergency </li></ul><ul><li>Thank the caller </li></ul>
    5. 5. Pre-Interview <ul><li>Arrive early, but don’t announce yourself more than 15 minutes early </li></ul><ul><li>Bring a book to read while waiting… </li></ul><ul><li>Dress appropriately </li></ul><ul><li>Know the names (s) of who you are coming to meet with </li></ul><ul><li>Good secretaries are often part of the interview process – remember that </li></ul><ul><li>Try to determine if the interviewer prefers e-mail or the telephone </li></ul>
    6. 6. Interview <ul><li>Make eye contact </li></ul><ul><li>Shake hands firmly </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No one wants to shake a limp fish </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Don’t sit or enter a room until directed </li></ul><ul><li>Be cheerful and energetic </li></ul>
    7. 7. How to answer <ul><li>Answer the question asked directly and without embellishment </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t ramble, but don’t become monosyllabic either </li></ul><ul><li>If in a group interview, do not focus only on the questioner </li></ul><ul><li>Use proper grammar and syntax </li></ul><ul><li>Be positive </li></ul>
    8. 8. Types of Questions <ul><li>Your desire to work with children </li></ul><ul><li>Subject area expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom management </li></ul><ul><li>Contact with parents </li></ul><ul><li>Your desire to teach in THIS school </li></ul><ul><li>Your reasons for entering the teaching profession </li></ul><ul><li>Your willingness/desire to coach/sponsor </li></ul><ul><li>Your prior experience </li></ul>
    9. 9. Specific Questions <ul><li>Why do you want to teach at ABC School? </li></ul><ul><li>What was your most positive experience in student teaching? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you feel are your greatest strengths/weaknesses? </li></ul><ul><li>Tell me about a lesson you taught and how you would improve it next time? </li></ul><ul><li>How would you deal with a problem student? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do you see yourself in five years? </li></ul>
    10. 10. Specific Questions II <ul><li>Tell me/us about your computer/technology skills? </li></ul><ul><li>What have you read lately, personally or professionally? </li></ul><ul><li>What changes or future challenges do you foresee in the profession? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you plan for working with students of different abilities? </li></ul>
    11. 11. Specific Questions III <ul><li>As a new teacher, how would you go about becoming part of the staff? </li></ul><ul><li>Besides tests and quizzes, what measures do you use to determine what students really know? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your expectations of your colleagues? </li></ul><ul><li>How would you respond to the question from students: “What do I need to know this for?” </li></ul>
    12. 12. Last Question <ul><li>Do you have any questions for us? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have 5 questions prepared </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask 1 to 2, don’t grill the interviewer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ask about the timeline for the process unless already presented </li></ul><ul><li>Tell them you are excited about the position – if you are </li></ul><ul><li>Remember to thank him/her/them </li></ul>
    13. 13. Common Requests <ul><li>Teach a sample lesson </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a writing sample </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Usually on site </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Provide a portfolio </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be prepared to leave it for a week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Press it as a CD) </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Post-Interview <ul><li>Send a handwritten thank you note to each interviewer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure names and titles are correct </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-mail doesn’t carry the same weight in this case </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Follow up via e-mail or phone as earlier determined, a couple of days after you were told you would be contacted </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t badger…. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember education is a VERY small world </li></ul><ul><li>If you get a call telling you, you are still a candidate… </li></ul>
    15. 15. How to Get an Interview <ul><li>Send a postcard to the principal that includes your picture and a URL to your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Ask the principal at your school to pass your resume on to his/her colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Network… </li></ul><ul><li>Try to send letters of application with a personal hook… </li></ul><ul><li>Substitute, it gets your foot in the door </li></ul>