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5 Tips to Ensure Success in Your Education Interview to Impress the Interviewer

5 Tips to Ensure Success in Your Next Education Interview

Prepare for your next education interview with these tips to stand out for all the right reasons.

1. Ask informed questions – When the school principal or superintendent asks if you have any questions, ask at least two. By doing so, you will show enthusiasm and interest. Asking a question does not mean that you have not done your research; it conveys that you would like to know more about the position and the school.

When you have the chance, ask the interviewer questions, don’t ask boring or off-target questions. Don’t ask questions about routine elements or functions of the school that are available on the school website. Ask intelligent, well-prepared questions you want to know. You don’t want to make your interviewer think you will waste valuable school time on unimportant matters.

2. Do your homework – The interview gives you a chance to put your best foot forward and impress your potential employer with your skills and knowledge.

Don’t waste the opportunity with random chit-chat. Instead, talk about subjects related to teaching, the specific school, and your teaching experiences. As with any other job that you apply and interview for, it is of utmost importance to do your homework.

Find out as much as you possibly can about the school district and position you are applying for. Check the district’s website to discover their goals, needs, philosophy, and student population.

Re-read the job advertisement and understand what is expected and required of you as a potential candidate. Preparation provides excellent insight into what you may be asked during the interview and how you should respond.

3. Bring your portfolio – A great way to show proof of your teaching excellence is to bring examples of past teaching successes. A portfolio is a significant selling feature for you. There are many reasons why you should have a teaching portfolio.

Inside your teaching portfolio, you can develop a comprehensive collection of past projects you have implemented, thematic units you have created, teaching resources you have designed and utilized, etc. make sure that you can explain what each item is, what the purpose is, and how it has positively impacted student learning.

Finally, your teaching portfolio should be well organized and be in excellent condition – this will show that you take pride in and take good care of your work.

4. Dress for success – Dress for the position you are applying for. If applying for Principal or Vice Principal’s position, your attire must convey leadership, innovation, drive, and motivation.

If you apply for an elementary teaching position, you want to look professional but not be seen as overpowering to students. For the higher grades, you need to dress professionally as well. Even though some schools may have a more relaxed dress policy, you must look professional at your interview.

5. Be pleasant and have a positive attitude – Your interviewer is looking for someone who will take on challenges with ease; don’t disappoint them with a nay-saying attitude. Watch your tone of voice as well. Don’t sound frustrated if the interviewer asks you a question which you think is common knowledge. Attitude and mindset are pivotal to interview success.

If you have a bad attitude in the interview, the hiring staff will connect your attitude to how you may act in the classroom. Nobody wants a teacher with a negative attitude.

If you have more tips for having a successful education interview, please share. I’d love to hear them!