(Closed) Teacher Job Interview next week!

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1105 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Good luck!  Happy thoughts and prayers are being sent your way…..as well as crossing my fingers for you:)

Post # 4
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Congrats on even getting the interview…it’s so tough out there!  I’m not sure if you need any advice (stop reading now if you don’t…I won’t be offended!), but here are some things I learned while interviewing for teaching jobs a few years ago…

Know the school’s mission statement inside and out, and be prepared to talk about how it aligns with your philosophy.  Also be ready to talk about how you as a teacher fit the mission statement.  Charter schools pride themselves on their “visions,” so the committee is looking for people that care about the direction of its particular school.

Know the school’s stats so you can be ready with solid info when the committee asks why you want to work there  (“I would really like to work in a bigger/smaller school and I know that you have around X students”).  If the school has a website, familiarize yourself with it so that you have positive things to say in the interview, as well as relevant questions to ask.

If the committee invites questions (you’ll get a “feel” for whether or not they actually want questions), a good one to ask is, “When is your charter up for renewal?  You don’t want to be hired there only to find out that the place has lost its charter.  You can usually tell by the reaction to the question if there is going to be a problem with renewal.

Big smile, firm handshake, confident posture, flawless shoes (not expensive, just clean and in good shape), and a professional-but-friendly outfit/hairdo.  A little color is usually good!

A lot of candidates will view this as “just” a sub job, so they won’t do this stuff/bring their A-games.  If you do, you’ll be head and shoulders above a lot of them.


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