Job Interviewing Tips

Job Interviewing Tips

Before you go on the interview

  • Take your professional resume (no typos) by the school where you wish to work; be professionally dressed. Also, email your resume to the school principal. 
  • No jeans and tennis shoes when making school contacts; dress for the teaching position you want. 
  • Visit the school website and do your research. Know specific facts and information about the school. 
  • Be sure to know what evaluation model is used by the school district where you are interviewing: 

    a.  BDS uses the Charlotte Danielson Model (know the 4 domains)
    b.  Marzanno
    c.  Others…

  •  When you apply for teaching positions, many times the job will close one afternoon about 4:30 p.m., and interviews are immediately scheduled for the next day. Be prepared to interview when contacted; no second chances. 

  • If you have received your Professional Teaching Certificate, take a copy with you to the interview. If not, take a copy of your Statement of Eligibility with you to the interview, showing you are eligible for a temporary teaching certificate. 
  • Immediately after leaving an interview with a principal, go to your car, write a thank-you note, and take it back to the principal’s confidential secretary.

Interview Topics, Questions, and Things to Know

  • Past Experience
  • Qualifications
  • Job Knowledge
  • Personal Motivation (why you want to teach)
  • Specific Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Character
  • Speak with confidence
  • How you would motivate students
  • Your philosophy of education
  • Describe your classroom management plan
  • Describe a time working with a problem child and/or parent
  • Personal strengths and weaknesses (don’t talk too much about weaknesses—maybe one)
  • Utilize a school-based employee as a reference
  • Consider multiple certifications for marketability
  • Know about differentiating instruction
  • Use of technology in the classroom
  • How to balance the stress of teaching with daily life
  • Know “buzz” words: RIT/MTSS (federal mandate to avoid labeling inappropriately)
  • VAM – Value Added Model – students are measured on 15 demographics areas and compared to like students in the state. Students must show improvement on test levels to work for the good of the teacher’s evaluation.
  • New Teacher Evaluation System – 4 domains of Charlotte Danielson (BDS)
  • RTTT – Race to the Top
  • Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS)– intervention system/plan for struggling students
  • Professional Learning Communities (PLC)
  • Title I Schools – based on number of free/reduced lunch students
  • Be prepared to discuss the EPI program (alternative teacher certification), the classes you have taken so far, and some of the things you have learned.
  • Develop a couple of questions that you would like to ask, if that opportunity arises (professional development opportunities within the system; needed areas of certification in the school district).

Be Aware of the Dangers of Social Networking

  • Principal will “google” applicant’s names and check social networking sites
  • Check School District Facebook Policy
  • Don’t friend anyone under 18 or any student
  • Set Facebook account to Private
  • Request your approval to be tagged in a photo in Facebook
  • Never reference a student or post a picture of a student

Recommended Reading List and topics

Motivating Students Who Don’t Care, Allen Mendler

Choice Words, P. Johnston

Answers to Essential Questions, Thomas Guskey

Classroom Instruction that Works, R. Marzanno

Learning by Doing, R & R DuFour

Differentiating Assessment and Grading, R. Wormeli

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