application has been filled out and submitted, your references are
in, and now the waiting begins. Will anyone call? And what do you do
you wait? What do you do? You prepare for the next step.
you have applied to as many schools at which you are qualified and in
you have an interest. Use the laws of statistics to your advantage and
apply in several places. Don't set your sights on only one school and
all your hopes there. Second, organize your applications by school -
learned in the Applying for a Teaching Position article to make copies
of all applications. Make a folder on each school and place your copy
the application in each. Next do research on the schools. Check out ads
in the yellow pages, internet sites, and if possible, talk to
who have personal knowledge of the school. Take notes and put these in
the file. Finally, consider how you would fit into the structure of
school and what you could bring to that learning environment, i.e. why
would they want to hire you? Jot down your ideas and place these in
school's appropriate folder.
rings and someone
wants to interview you. Be sure to get directions. Write down the day,
time, and directions. Don't rely on your memory. Excitement or
can distort what you remember. Find the folder on that school and read
through all the information that you have gathered. That you have done
your "homework" will be apparent in the interview. Make a trial run to
the school to be sure you can find it and time how long it takes you.
don't want to be late - not a good first impression. Select what you
wear. Be sure to be conservative for a first visit. You can always
up" later once you know the dress code. Prepare mentally to present
in the best light.
your interview could be with a superintendent, principal, or department
head. In some instances, interviews are conducted by hiring committees.
General interview questions will likely cover questions that give the
information about you and how you work. His/her questions will search
answers or at least hints to show qualities like: Self Motivation, Self
Directed Approach, Energy, Enthusiasm for Teaching, Dependability,
Creativity, Communication Skills, Conflict Resolving Skills, Loyalty
Adherence to Policy, Problem Solving Ability, Team Mindedness, Stress
Have some examples of times you have exhibited these qualities in mind,
even if they are not education or classroom related. If you had a
teaching period, pull examples from that classroom time as well.
to be positive. Remember to present things that show your first
is in your students.
are used by the interviewer(s). In a group interview, each panel member
would have at least a copy of this form as well as a copy of your
at hand. Each will have a predesignated role to play and take notes of
what you have to say. The primary interviewer will probably be your
direct supervisor. Address your comments to the person initiating each
question, then circulate your eyes and attention around the table/group
to include them all in your answers.
- Why are
this position? or Why should we hire you?
- What is
that draws you
to teaching in particular?
- If we
ask your present
colleagues what kind of teacher you are, what would they tell us?
- How would
like them to
describe you three years from now?
- What do
consider to be
your greatest strength?... What do you see as personal qualities or
strengths that you bring to this job?
do you consider
- What kind
are you realistically willing and able to give to this position in the
- Have you
degrees or continuing education courses?
- Tell us
a special project
which you have worked on or about a particularly rewarding experience
have had in your current position.
- What do
think are the
important differences between what you are doing now and being a full
- As a
to our teaching
staff, how would you go about establishing your credibility with the
at this facility?
- If you
idea that you
thought might be good for the program, how would you go about assuring
the cooperation of your colleagues in its implementation?
- What is
discipline? How do you keep control in your classroom, establishing
as the leader yet still showing respect to your students?
program that you have attended in the past year and why?
do you subscribe
to? What professional organizations are you active in? joined?
do you refer to day-to-day? (or in the past year?)
- On what
foundation do you
base your teaching style?
SAMPLE INTERVIEW APPRAISAL
NAME OF CANDIDATE:_________________________
POSITION APPLIED FOR:_______________________
and/or Academic (relative to job applied for)
relative to job
activities, supervisory experience, ambitions or other positions
could be considered for etc.)
Type of Test and result
in candidate for this position
in candidate for other positions (see B above)
Title _______________________ Date_______
Other Hints and Tips
- Make a
your interview requesting a copy of the job description and
chart with current names, if available. Go prepared for an interview on
your arrival if picking these up in person rather than trusting the
Never, never, never be the first to bring up salary.
sitting down to the interview, DECLINE... unless you really have nerves
of steel and don't twitch and tremor with nervousness. Sloshing coffee
or a canned drink is a dead giveaway of lack of confidence and/or
If you are
about 'stage fright' go on to read "Enter
Stage Fright... I Mean Right" . You may be relieved to know you
not alone in experiencing the jitters in all sorts of
Where and how
do you start
to look for the next perfect job? Start here Applying
for a Teaching Position
by: © Elaine
Ernst Schneider is a freelance
and a teacher. She has been writing since high school and has published
articles, songs, and children's work. Presently, Elaine is a curriculum
author for Group Publishing and also writes the City Songs column for
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