Post # 1
I have an interview next week for an elementary school position. I actually graduated in 2012, but for the past year I’ve been working as a Child Care Director of a before and after school program. I only interviewed for 2 teaching postions last year when I graduated and I did not think the interviews went that well.
Do you have any advice or tips for me about interviewing?
What questions do you always ask?
What do you NOT like to hear?
Any other tips?!
Thanks so much for any help! I am NERVOUS!
Post # 3
@almostwebbee: I havent gone on an interview in a while but when I was interviewing, they always asked what I knew about the programs that they use. Do some research (on the district website) and see what’s going on in the district, what math/literacy programs they use and research them. For example, someone once asked me what a literacy lesson using writing workshop would look like.
Also – if they are big into technology (mine is) talk about smart boards, etc. and using techonology in the classroom (assuming you will have access at this district). Also talk about communicating with parents and how you do that. I’m assuming you student taught, so talk about those experiences.
I also made a portfolio and brought that in for them to look at (teaching philosophy, sample lesson plan, resume, any certifications, etc. )
Principal bees may be able to help you better! Good luck!! I hate interviews!
If you don’t get the job- don’t forget that often times it’s entirely political – in my district it seems you always have to know someone or have some kind of connection. Also, keep an eye out for Long Term Substitute positions, I know that my district likes to hire those people (if you do a good job of course) for permanent positions.
Also – this is posted in Bridesmaids… you may want to see if you can get someone to move it to Career for you!
Post # 4
I also just realized that I posted this in bridesmaids, is there a way to move it to careers? Whoops!
Post # 5
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They usually ask about your strengths and weaknesses. They might give you a scenario of a difficult situation and ask what you would do.
They will ask you your philosophy on classroom management.
They may ask you curriculum questions, so you may want to do some research. That can also lead you to a smart-sounding question that YOU can ask. 😀
Depending on where you live, they might ask you something related to English Learners, so if that is a factor in your area, try to get some facts behind you before you go in.
They will ask you about your feelings on collaboration (YOU LOVE IT, remember that, lol)
Don’t be nervous! Just remember to smile and than you for the interview. Good luck!
Post # 6
@weatherbug: Thanks so much for your advice I will definitely look into the district and what programs they are using! I did student teach and I have a portfolio so I will make sure to bring that with me. Thanks so much for the advice!! I’m not sure how to move this to another category!
Post # 7
@prahajess: Thank you so much! Love all this advice, almost as much as I LOVE collaboration 🙂
Post # 8
Find out what programs they use for math and reading and do some research. If you haven’t used them before, find similarities to ones you are familiar with.
Have something planned to say about your educational philosophy, behavior management style and collaboration. My mom is a principal and these are the three things she ALWAYS asks. Technology is also a hot button thing right now, but it really depends on the district.
Bring a portfolio and/or letters of recommendation if you have them.
Good luck! A lot of times, principals are looking for someone who “fits in” on a personal level as well – so be yourself. And ask questions – show the interviewer that you’re really interested in the job, school and district as a whole.
ETA: I taught for a year after graduating college at a school with the WORST administration ever. I was just so excited to start teaching that I didn’t ask enough questions at my interview and anything that seemed a little off-putting, I just ignored. If I had listened to my gut and asked more questions, the red flags would have appeared and I never would have taken the job. Make sure YOU like the school and the administration, because if you don’t, you will be miserable.
Post # 9
@nber0815: Thanks so much! Good tips about the philosophy, behavior, and collaboration peice, I will definitely make sure I have somethine planned. Also, it’s true I am kind of desperate for a job, so I wasn’t even thinking about whether or not I like the administration. Really good point! Thanks 🙂
Post # 10
I know I’m bumping my own post, but are there any other tips out there?!?
Post # 11
Hmmm….I’ve worked in the same school for 7 years (it was where I did my student teaching) so I haven’t interviewed in a while, but remember that you are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you.
In my particular state, so much is changing because we are following the new common core cirriculum, so how we used to teach is very different then how we are going to be teaching. Look on the district’s web site to see if they are following that and read up on it if they are.
I teach high school so the administration asked me different questions than they would ask you as an elementary school teacher, but I remember being asked about discipline and how I would handle a “problem” student, one that had a behavior problem, and one that had a problem learning, as obviously you would treat them very differently.
Focus on your strengths although a standard interview question is to ask what kind of weaknesses you have.
Best of luck!
Post # 12
@SnowInApril: I definitely need to read up on common core. We talked about it when student teaching, but didn’t really go over much. Thanks for all of the advice!