(Closed) Interview for Teaching Position Tomorrow. Any advice?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would look the school up and make certain you know things…demographics, interventions (PBIS, etc…), etc…  I always think it looks good when you can tell the principal or AP things that shows you are very interested in the school.

Do you have a portfolio?  I’m sure you do but just in case, that’s always good to have.

I would definitely wear a suit also.

Good luck!

 

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Congrats! Be open to all grade levels. Be ready for a lot of “as a blank teacher, how would you blank” type questions. Mention any activities or sports related after school things that you’d be interested in. Know a little something about standardized testing. Bring your portfolio. 

Good Luck! 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

You have a portfolio right? In my portfolio I have a section for my philosophy, including anything from a discipline plan to a case study I did, to an inclusion plan. I also have a section with lessons I’ve done, artifacts from those lessons, etc. I also have my transcripts and letters of recommendations. Trying to think if there is anything specific I didn’t mention… I also have assessment stuff in there. Basically that thing is my bible, I put it together in a really beautiful display, and it kind of gives you the ability to direct some of the questioning because they will ask you about it, and look impressive. Make sure you keep it updated also – it’s such a pain though! I have to update mine pretty soon!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I know this sounds super obvious, but be yourself! I remember being so wound up at the first interview I went to…I don’t think that I did awful or anything, but I was so nervous and I felt like everything coming out of my mouth sounded scripted or something. When I interviewed for the district I am now with, I was much more myself and less nervous. I tried to stay honest to who I am as a person and conversed with the interviewers as opposed to talking at them. Just relax, make sure that you are prepared (resume, portfolio, and practiced in some basic interviewing questions “tell me about yourself” “why do you want to teach?” etc), and take some time during the interview to see if you think this school is the right place for you…as hard as jobs are to come by, we sometimes get a little desperate to get a job ANYWHERE, but the school can really determine whether or not you love or hate your job so make sure it’s a good fit. 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Smile and be perky as heck. The younger the kid you want to teach, the perkier. They’re going to be looking at your energy level for sure and it should be up there. Don’t be too fake but be as honestly cheery as you can.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Find out about their literacy program. You will most likely be asked how you would teach reading. Good Luck!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I would be ready to talk about assessment and how you engage different types of learners. Have examples of some of your previous success….

 

Buzz words: individualized learning, technology in the classroom, project based learning. Good luck!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Check your private messages . I’ve been on several interview committees and those are the standard questions that we use. Hope it goes well.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Number of question depend on how many people are interviewing you. It is usually 1 per person. Make sure you make eye contact with everyone. I’ve sat there and had someone not look at me once and until I asked my question and it left a bad impression. You have to make everyone feel included. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Depending on the district, you could expect questions about students who are below grade level/need interventions/are at-risk.  Be prepared for those sorts of things (i.e. what would you do for those students).

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

-describe yourself

-5 year plan

-how you would handle disruptive student

-upset parent situation or colleague 

-classroom management skills

-organization: lesson planning and deisgn (backward design and goals)

-What do you expect out of adminstration? Fellow teachers?

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@aicila:  Can you post those questions here? I’d also love to see them. 🙂 thanks

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Be yourself as others have said. Perky is also helpful. I was invited to a panel for interviews and for several positions. They picked the people with the liveliest personalities even though some less energetic people answered the questions better. One of the principals said that they look for people who are right for the position not the ones who have all the right answers. When I graduated, we had a panel of principals who did mock interviews with us and they all said the same thing, be prepared to answer and know your stuff, but they won’t be expecting that you know everything. What they want to see is passion. I agree, passion for teaching and wating to help others is what makes a gerat teacher. Good Luck!!

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