The interviewer’s learning style will have some bearing on your interview success. If you have experience teaching, you’ve probably spent time focusing on tailoring lessons to the learning styles of your students. This skill proves surprisingly useful when you go to a teacher job interview as well.
If you understand the interviewer’s learning style, then you can make a better connection, whether they are auditory, visual, or kinesthetic/tactile. If you offer variety during your teaching interview to make sure that each learning style is addressed, you are more likely to make a positive connection with the interviewer or panel.
Nowadays, teacher interviews incorporate different learning styles anyway because the interviewers want to know more than just your answers to certain questions. For instance, many interviews will require you to conduct a short sample lesson so they can see how you teach. You are also often expected to bring your teaching portfolio with you to show examples of your work.
Interviewer’s Learning Style Types
New aspects of making a teacher interview more collaborative give you the opportunity to consider the different learning styles of the interviewer. This advantage will help to engage your interviewer much the same way you would engage your students.
For visual learners, you can show your portfolio, give a PowerPoint presentation if you get the opportunity, or demonstrate a lesson if necessary. As stated above, many interview styles now incorporate a lesson demonstration portion where you are given the opportunity to demonstrate your teaching abilities.
When given this opportunity, it’s important that you teach exactly how you would in a classroom – don’t be intimidated by the interviewers. Involve them in the lesson like they are your students. Bring visual aids for your lesson to better illustrate the lesson concepts, either through a PowerPoint presentation, or diagrams, handouts, posters, etc.
If there is no opportunity to demonstrate a lesson, bring in your teaching portfolio to show the interview panel. This is a great way to show the interviewers your capabilities through concrete examples of your former work. You can include pictures of your classroom, examples of past student work, and examples of your most successful lesson plans.
Always tailor your interview responses to meet the needs of the school, college, or organization. Researching the school will be critical to effectively respond to the school needs in the forefront.
For auditory learners, your strength will be the way you answer questions. This is the traditional form of an interview so this is the easiest learning style to accommodate during an interview. Make sure that your answers to the questions are clear and detailed enough to provide the interviewer with enough information.
For instance, if it’s a behavioral interview question, you need to answer the question specifically as to how you would respond to the situation they’ve outlined. If you can paint a clear picture for the interviewer of how you would handle certain situations in your classroom, this will work best with auditory learners. And as in all interviews, it is always best to prepare for your answers ahead of time, by practicing at home.
If you get to demonstrate a lesson, it will be easy to show you can address the kinesthetic learners by getting the interviewer(s) involved in activities.
After introducing the lesson and the concept you are teaching, include a short activity that would allow ‘students’ to practice the skill. This way, your kinesthetic interviewers will be able to take part in your lesson and see how successful you are at including kinesthetic learners in your lessons.
When you consider the ways in which your use of different learning styles influences your teaching, it’s easy to see how those same tools can be modified to help make sure that your interviewer(s) get to know you better and learn more about the great things you can do for their campus. Try to tie in small touches of each of these learning styles as you plan for your next interview for the teaching job of your dreams.