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Four Ways to Teachers Can Prepare for Job Interview Questions

Four Ways to Teachers Can Prepare for Job Interview Questions

Are you looking for ways to prepare for teacher job interview questions? I am sure you have put a lot of energy and investigation into writing your teaching resume and cover letter and finding methods to conduct a successful job hunt.

If all goes as planned,  your phone has finally started to ring, and you are getting asked to attend multiple interviews.

Principals, superintendents, and school district hiring managers are interested in you (based on your excellent teacher resume and top-notch credentials), so now is the opportunity to stand out!

The interview meeting is your key to career success. If you can sell yourself, your personality traits, teaching strengths, and your relevant experience, you have an excellent chance of securing a job offer. These resume and cover letter samples may help you understand the current resume formatting, style, and content expectations of the school district’s hiring representatives.

The “worst nightmare.”

The job interview process is where lots of teachers will feel enormous pressure to perform. It is quite often referred to as their “worst nightmare.”

Few situations in life evoke as much stress, loss of confidence, and spotlighting of flaws as a job interview. In fact, it’s been described by psychologists as one of the most stressful experiences of people’s lives, on par with public speaking.

Interviewing doesn’t have to be a “nightmare,” though. Keep reading to learn how to practice and be as prepared as possible.

The mental replay

Have you ever walked out of an interview saying to yourself, “I should have mentioned …?” “Oh, I could have explained to them that…” “I forgot to say that…”

Rest assured, you are not alone. We do this all the time in interchanges with other people. If it’s something important enough, it can be covered in your follow-up letter.

Knowing your strengths

The art of completing a successful teacher or principal interview lies in knowing yourself, your successes, and how you will work in a specific position, and the value you can bring to the school community. To pull off a valuable job interview, you will need to practice your interviewing skills beforehand.

1. Make a list of the traits and skills you possess that match the job qualifications. Prepare to give examples of work experiences in which you employed those skills and accomplishments that happened by using the skills.

2. Develop a list of questions that you may be asked during the interview, and prepare your answers. Use the questions in this guide and develop your own well-thought-out and concise responses.

3. If possible, practice your answers to potential job interview questions by conducting a mock interview with a friend or family member and get his or her feedback about how well you did. If you need an interview coach to help with your interview preparation, you can find one by clicking here.

4. Organize a list of questions you want to ask the interviewer. Remember that an interview is a two-way conversation; it’s an opportunity to ask the interview panel questions. Asking your own questions serves two purposes.

First, it shows them you truly are interested in the school district and the teaching job because you’ve done enough research to be able to ask intelligent, well-thought-out, and relevant questions. Second, their answers will help you to decide whether or not you will accept the position if it is offered to you. Note: this is not the time to ask about benefits and vacation; these questions are better asked after being offered the position.

Knowing Your Weaknesses

You’ll probably be asked this as well: “What’s your number one weakness?”. A word of advice: don’t let it be something that you’re not actively working to correct or something crucial to the job’s essential functions.

For example, if you say that managing time and projects are a problem for you, a school principal will run for the hills. As a teacher, you’re responsible for putting together lesson plans and adhering to a syllabus/curriculum, all while managing your students or young adults. Being a poor organizer will immediately boot you out of the running.

Now, if you say that public speaking in front of adults makes you a little uneasy, that’s pretty common. If you can say that you recognized that weakness and did something to correct it — such as joining Toastmasters or taking webinars that enable you to practice — it’ll look like you know what you can bring to the table and what you have to keep improving on. Brownie points for self-awareness!

Could you share some advice with other teachers who are preparing for an education job interview?

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Additionally, if you need help preparing for a big interview, Candace helps job seekers with mock interviews all the time. She can also polish up your job search documents, as well! Contact her today to get a leg up on your peers.