Interviewing with Unified District Principals


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Interviewing for the first time in a long time can be tough for anyone. Brush up on your interview best practices with the help of our 'Interviewing with Unified District Principals' tutorial.

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Interviewing with Unified District Principals

  1. 1. Interviewing with Unified District PrincipalsThe Office of Strategic Teacher Recruitment and Staffing 1
  2. 2. Objectives This session will focus on: • Understanding how to prepare for a job fair and a standard interview • Interviewing tips to remember • Knowing what MCS Principals are looking for in a candidate 2 © TNTP 2013
  3. 3. Workshop Agenda Preparing to Interview Know What to Expect Prepare for the Interview in Advance Make a Good First Impression Interviewing Practice What MCS Principals Are Looking for in a Candidate Questions 3 © TNTP 2013
  4. 4. Preparing to Interview As you prepare it is important to: 1 Know what to expect at a job fair and standard interviews. 2 Prepare for the interview in advance. 3 Make a good first impression. 4 © TNTP 2013
  5. 5. Know What to Expect The 3 Different Types of Interviews Principals Use to Evaluate Candidates: Interview Type Overview • Usually 5-10 minutes at a large eventJob Fair Interview • A networking opportunity and meet-and-greet • Schedule a follow-up interview/visit at the school • At the school and typically run about an hourStandard Interview • Generally one-on-one format, though sometimes a panel may interview you • May meet with principal, AP, teachers, or others • Create lesson planDemonstration • Teach lesson during school hours or during the interviewLesson • Debrief with hiring representative 5 © TNTP 2013
  6. 6. Prepare for the Interview in Advance What Should I Bring to an Interview or Hiring Event?  Wear a suit or equally professional attire.  Multiple copies of your resume and professional references. We recommend using high quality or “resume stock” paper.  Letter of recommendation from former principal and student achievement data. Evaluations you would like to highlight.  Any sample lesson plans or other supporting documents.  A pen and a notebook for taking notes. 6 © TNTP 2013
  7. 7. Prepare for the Interview in Advance Demonstration Lesson Tips: • State the objective of the lesson clearly • The opening should be attention-grabbing and make a connection to students • Include: modeling, guided practice, and independent practice in the subject area/grade level for which you are applying • Be sure the activity is engaging for students • Prepare to debrief. Reflect on how the lesson could be better and specific steps you would take to improve. Plan for differentiation and strategies for re-teaching if necessary. 7 © TNTP 2013
  8. 8. Make a Good First Impression  DO  DON’TDress professionally (a suit is preferred). Don’t arrive late.If asked, briefly explain the reason you Don’t bring external frustrations to thewere excessed, but be positive. interview.Demonstrate your interest in the school. Don’t speak negatively of previous employers and/or colleagues.Answer the interviewer’s questions. Don’t make claims without providing supporting evidence.Highlight your experience and Don’t downplay your achievements.achievements.Prepare thoughtful questions to ask. Don’t ask questions about things you can learn on your own.Thank the interviewer and gather follow-up Don’t expect to receive an immediate offer.information. 8 © TNTP 2013
  9. 9. Interviewing Practice Principals may ask some of the following questions: • Tell me about yourself. • Why did you become a teacher? • Why are you interested in education? • Why are you searching for a new position? • What are you looking for in a school community? • What is your classroom management system going to be? • How do you handle disruptive students? • What is the most important contribution you can make to the students? 9 © TNTP 2013
  10. 10. Interviewing Practice• How would you answer this interview question: • How do you handle disruptive students?• Take these steps to formulate an answer: Quick Tip: • Make sure you understand what the question is asking. Principals want to hear evidence in your answers. If • Make a general statement that you will you share a professional support with evidence: strength, be sure to back it up with evidence that makes • Provide three pieces of supporting evidence your case. to back up your answer • Supporting evidence 1: • Supporting evidence 2: • Supporting evidence 3: 10 © TNTP 2013
  11. 11. Interviewing PracticeQuestion How do you handle disruptive students?Abstract I maintain discipline in the classroom.AnswerConcrete I institute a classroom management system that includes anAnswer With escalating series of consequences for inappropriate behaviorEvidence and positive reinforcement for productive behavior. For example, if a student is talking during class, the first consequence will be a warning; the second will be a meeting during lunch, and a third will be a meeting with parents. I apply this system consistently to all students, which creates a classroom environment that minimizes disruptions and encourages learning. 11 © TNTP 2013
  12. 12. Interviewing Tips to Remember • Research the school • Be confident. • Send a thank you note and learn about the via email, reaffirming • Provide examples and your interest in the school culture prior other specific to the interview. position. supporting information. • Give principals time to • Gather your resume, respond to you. references, and • Listen to the classroom data. interviewer and • Make sure all of your answer his/her communications are • Prepare a sample questions. of professional quality. lesson with a clear Proofread before your objective, engaging • Make eye contact with send! activity, and strong the interviewer throughout the • Remember – every plan. interview. communication you • Prepare thoughtful have with a hiring questions for the manager is part of principal. your application to that school! Before The During The After The Interview Interview Interview 12 © TNTP 2013
  13. 13. What Are MCS Principals Looking for in a Candidate? • Fit with school culture Fit • Willingness and enthusiasm for involvement beyond the classroom (ie: Tutoring, after-school activities, sports) • Goal-driven with an ability to problem-solve in the face of challenges Skills • Effective classroom management • The ability to engage students with a variety of learning styles • The ability to give examples from your experience • Strong ideas for student motivation and examples of success Evidence • Data which shows student achievement in your class • Sample lesson plan 13 © TNTP 2013
  14. 14. Questions? The Office of Strategic Teacher Recruitment and Staffing Website Hotline 901-416-9905 Email Teach Memphis Mailing Address 2597 Avery Ave, Room 148-B Memphis, TN 38112 14 © TNTP 2013