Here are some teaching job interview tips to secure a new position. These job search or interview techniques for educators apply to the following titles: Elementary Teacher, Middle School Teacher, High School Teacher, Special Education Teacher, English Teacher, Social Studies Teacher, Math Teacher, or in preparation for an Assistant Principal Job Interview.
These teaching job interview strategies will help your interviewing performance during the actual teaching job interview process. You have lots of other ways to help you secure a position both before and after the interview.
The interview process is still a significant stage to help you to gain a teaching position. There are additional steps you can take outside of the teaching job interview to help you even further.
Find out about some of these options below.
Research the School
If you do your homework before the interview, you have a strong advantage over the others; many candidates will fail to do this. If you research the school, you will be prepared for any questions they may ask about why you would like to work for their school community. Doing research will reduce anxiety.
Think about it this way, aren’t you impressed when someone is interested in you and knows some of your career highlights? It surprises you, right? Well, this works with interviewers as well.
A school will be impressed at how much information you have taken the initiative to find out about. On the other hand, if you fail to find out basic data about the school, this will be perceived very negatively. If you want to appear prepared, you should research to understand the district’s leadership, ranking, extracurricular activities, as well as statistics about competing districts.
Arranging Interviews Via the Phone
Most interviews are arranged by phone, make a positive impression right from the start. Ensure your tone shows you are confident, enthusiastic, and friendly. Start to gather any relevant details to help advance your stage in the hiring process.
Gather specifics about the teaching position, school community, curriculum, parental involvement. Ask and see what response you receive. Stir up a short conversation by asking a couple of relevant questions about the position. This will show interest in the job and assist you in preparing for the upcoming interview.
The Receptionist is Important
Don’t kid yourself; this person’s opinion is important and does influence the hiring decision. I actually have a lot of firsthand experience with this … When I was interviewing candidates, the secretary/receptionist would always let me know if the interviewer was rude, non-attentive, enthusiastic, etc. If you go out of your way to be polite, kind, or friendly, the receptionist will more than likely go out of their way to help you — but don’t overdo it.
The moral of the story is, pay attention and be respectful to the receptionist. Be friendly and try to find out more about the school or the interviewer to help you during the interview.
Be prepared for the interview by bringing the right items into the meeting.
Don’t Forget to Follow-up.
At the end of the interview, make a positive comment about the interview; indicate your enthusiasm about the position. After this summary, ask a question to generate some feedback, such as:
“Can you tell me if my qualifications, skills, and strengths match your school’s needs, as I believe they do?
“What is the next step to contribute my efforts and enthusiasm to your school community?”
Then send a follow-up/thank you letter to everyone that interviewed you. It is polite, expected, and will keep you in the limelight. Sending a letter will keep you one step ahead of your competition.
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