Confident Interview Skills - Take Control of Receiving a Job Offer
The most critical portion of your teaching job hunt is the interview, which brings you face-to-face with a potential school district representative. The interviewing process allows both parties the opportunity to get to know each other, allowing you to highlight your best qualities while obtaining a clear indication of the teaching job requirements. It is at this point that your hard work and determination has merged together. Now is your time to shine!
School districts are primarily seeking educators who possess solid interpersonal and communication skills and a passion for working with children. Furthermore an individual who is educated in the field of teaching with diverse work experience; the ability to remain well organized; someone who can exhibit a positive role image and act as an advocate for all students. Don't forget dedicated to making a difference in a child's life while creating an empowering and positive learning environment.
Before the teacher interview process, it is important that you take the time to reflect on your skills and identify your strengths and weaknesses. The impression you create during your interview is critical. Going into an interview with the ability to make a personal presentation of your knowledge and skills will mean a significant time and energy will be spent on your part.
During the interview, the committee will attempt to assess your motivation, personality, values, determining if you are a solid leader, your ambitions, etc. This is when your expertise and skill to communicate that knowledge is put to the test. Keep in mind that the more information you have obtained about a school district, the better prepared you will be during the interview.
Below is a listing of vital information one should research before embarking on an interview:
- District boundaries, student enrollment and grade levels.
- Future vision.
- Student learning objectives and student achievements in Mathematics and Reading.
- State or federal recognition for high achievements in academics.
- Extra-curricular and sports programs that are offered.
- Mentoring programs and career development initiatives.
- School and District challenges including budgetary restraints.
- Salary grid.
Researching a school district will be one of the most important tasks you will do in your quest to secure a job in the educational field. There are several ways to research, including visiting the district office to obtain printed documentation, frequent district Web sites, visit schools, speak with teachers and principals, attend board meetings, and speak with parents.
The more information you can bring to your interview, the better chance you have of creating a positive impression and landing that desirable educational position.
Knowing the interview questions and their answers can also be pretty helpful as you can well image. We have created two ebooks to do just that, the first is A+ Teachers' Interview Edge and the second is A+ Principals' Interview Edge.