Teacher interview tips, strategies, and help to fully prepare and succeed. Landing a teaching job offer is your ultimate goal. Don’t miss preparing to WIN.
After putting lots of energy and time into your teaching job hunt, the phone is finally ringing with an invitation to an interview for the teaching position of your dreams.
School principals are interested in you (based on the excellent teaching resume showcasing the top-notch credentials and value you can offer).
Now is the opportunity to WOW the interviewer in person!
Things to Do Before Your Teacher Interview
One of the keys to successfully landing an education job is acing the job interview. If you can sell yourself, your teaching style, and teaching experience, you have an excellent chance to secure a job offer.
The interview process is where many teaching candidates feel enormous pressure to perform. Have you ever walked out of an interview saying to yourself “I should have mentioned this?” or “Oh, I could have explained that better.” Rest assured you are not alone.
Most job seekers suffer from some degree of interview anxiety. It’s because we all know how much is at stake.
As with anything that is stress-inducing, it’s always better to be well prepared and practiced to alleviate interviewing jitters at your next teaching interview.
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Practice & Investigate Before Interview Day
After you finish some research on the school district, it’s time to examine what you have learned.
It is important you know the school’s mandate, vision, key personnel, mission statement, demographics, and educational priorities. Research to discover what the school administration expects from you as a new teacher, what experience is required to perform the work involved and the characteristics the school district is seeking.
Find out if a test of your teaching skills or a written assignment will be a component of the teacher interview process. For instance, maybe you will need to present a demo lesson plan. Try to determine if the teacher interview will be one-on-one or an interview panel discussion. It would be horrible if you prepare to speak with just one person and end up fielding questions from a whole table of interviewers.
What you wear to an interview will give the interview panel an impression of what you are like as an educational professional. It’s important you look the part of a professional educator. You only have this one opportunity to make an excellent first impression. Choose an interviewing outfit that is tidy, clean, ironed, and not too revealing. If possible, try and learn how teachers dress at school. But, when in doubt, some form of business suit usually works best. Due to allergies and sensitivity to smells in the workplace, it is wise to leave the perfume, cologne, or aftershave at home.
What to Bring to the Teacher Interview
It is a good idea to bring additional copies of your resume and cover letter just in case an interview panel member does not have a copy. Also, bring copies of your professional reference list. Ensure your reference list is current and each person on the list is aware you listed them as a reference. It is vital you get their approval and make certain they will provide an excellent reference. Don’t forget to bring copies of letters of recommendation and include them with your reference page.
Bring a Teaching Portfolio
Lastly, if you have a teaching portfolio, bring it along with you. The interviewer(s) may not wish or may not have time to review it, but at least you have it available. An organized teaching portfolio is an excellent tool to show the interviewers examples of your work and your students’ work, as well as important documents like your transcripts, certifications, teaching philosophy statement, and other valuable items.
Don’t forget to act like yourself, remain calm, and maintain good eye contact with every person in the interview room. Be accurate and truthful in the responses you give to each interview question. If you don’t understand an interview question, it is better to clarify an interview question than to provide an answer that is totally wrong or off-topic.
Closing the Teaching Interview
At the end of your interview, the interviewer will ask if you have any questions regarding the teaching position or school community. Don’t miss this chance to ask questions. The research and preparation you did before the interview will make a big difference in the questions you should ask.
Have a few questions ready to show that you are genuinely interested in the position. Just remember, this is not the time to negotiate wages or time off!
If you would like more information on the interview process, we have an abundance of interviewing tips in the interview section of our website.