Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Job Interview Tips for Teachers

It's that time of year when new teachers start applying for  new positions. Veteran teachers that are wanting a change also start looking for positions. Job interviews can be a scary and challenging task. As an educator who moves a lot (my husband is in the military), I've found a few tips that helped me remain calm and have a great interview!

job interview tips for educators

Interview Tip #1

The first tip I'd share with you is that you know the grade level and standards of the grade level that you are applying for.  Do your homework to really learn the state standards and expectations of that grade level. It's very impressive when a candidate comes in and is aware of standards before being hired. This will show that you know how to prepare and understand the rigor of what you need to teach.

Interview Tip #2

 The next tip I'd like to share that might seem obvious, yet some often forget: Be on time and dress professionally. I often see candidates who arrive late and are not dressed appropriately. If you are a female, be sure your dress or skirt is knee length. Candidates who arrive on time and who are dressed professionally, assure the administrator that you value professionalism.

Interview Tip #3

Research the school that you are interviewing at thoroughly. Look up their data for the last three years and be prepared to discuss their strengths and weaknesses. You will want to show that you are knowledgeable about general facts about the school (is the school title one?  What are the demographics of the school? etc)  Be prepared to ask questions. Google the school you are applying to and switch over to news. Make sure that you are applying for a school that would be a good fit for YOU! 

Interview Tip #4

Be honest. I think most candidates always set out to be honest. However, if they are asked a question they are unsure of, sometimes we are scared to tell the truth. If I'm ever asked a question that I do not know the answer to, I like to tell the administrator, that I'm not familiar with that procedure, resource or strategy. I will follow with saying that I'm always researching and wanting to learn, so I look forward to learning the new procedure, resource or strategy with them as my mentor. This shows that you are willing to learn and you admit that you do not know it all. That's a very good quality to have for educators! We should always be willing to learn! 

Interview Tip #5

Relax. Look at your interview as a formal meeting with a friend. Treat the administrator like you've known them forever, and  be flexible. Education is a difficult field. A person who is professional, knowledgeable and willing to learn is the ideal candidate for most schools. 

Finally, if you are still unsure of how to prepare for your interview, join our free group to chat with other educators about how to NAIL your job interview! 
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