Why should we hire you over other teachers? What is your unique selling point?
The most commonly asked questions at a teaching interview could be similar to:
Why would you be a better employee than the other job applicants?
To get the A+ rating for answering any of the questions above when being interviewed you will need to come up with something to set you apart from other applicants.
Provide solid evidence of why your teaching qualifications and skill set make you the best candidate for the teaching or school administrator position.
Identify your unique selling point prior to the interview and be prepared to communicate it in the meeting.
Take some time to evaluate the job description and compare it to your professional abilities and your achievements in your previous teaching experience. The key to this is for you to stay positive all throughout the interview and emphasize your interest in the school as well as the teaching position you are applying for.
Sometimes, a lot of job seekers are overwhelmed by this seemingly simple interview question but a lot of principals are depending on the answer of this question to help them make their decision on which applicant to choose.
If you are prepared, this is your chance to showcase yourself verbally in order for the employers to have a better glimpse of what you can really do for them and the school community in general. It is also a way for them to gauge whether or not you can become an excellent asset to the school and whether your skills can bring great changes.
Answering this question is also your chance to reinforce the image you are projecting to the interviewer. If you appear to be positively driven and passionate about becoming a part of the team, then it will show perfectly in your answer.
Tips to Identify Your Unique Selling Point
Below are some ideas to help you develop a strong answer to this interview question.
• Among the best ways for you to be able to come up with an excellent answer is to create a short list of all your skills and career advantages. Create a short paragraph out of the list that puts you in a very positive and professional light.
• Cite the similarities of the job description to your previous teaching experiences and tell them how well you performed your classroom duties in the past, as well as your related achievements.
• Make it clear about your career objectives and professional goals. Highlight your extraordinary career motivation and dedication toward teaching. If you are switching careers to teaching you should prepare for specific interview questions to make the transition.
• Avoid sounding conceited or self-righteous when answering the question “Why should we hire you?” because it can negatively impact your image. Always answer in a composed and professional tone and stress what you can do for the school.
These are but some of the things you can use to help you answer this very important interview question. Be honest with yourself and stay confident and you will do just fine.