(Closed) Job interview Monday!

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
447 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Unfortunately, in the school environment, they often don’t hire the person who was subbing or in the position temporarily due to seniority.


Last summer, I was asked to interview for the teaching position I held during the school year. It was my school, my principal, my classroom. I assumed I had it in the bag and that the interview was just a technicality. I didn’t get rehired, and was crushed. I have found it easier to interview where I don’t know anyone because it ensures that professionalism is at the forefront.


Be formal, even if you know them.


Good luck!

Post # 4
596 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@SweetartMD:  good luck, girl! As of the end of last month, I am officially a school psychologist. I have a second interview on Monday- I’m nervous too! 

If you don’t get the job- dont take it personally. I am doing an internship in a district that will have two openings next year. Everyone (other school psychs and cst members, principals, teachers, parents, and guidance counselors – I have letters of rec from all of them!) is CONVINCED that I will be hired next year. I had an awesome year with my kiddos- made a lot of progress, implemented programs, worked incredibly well with everyone – welp – I haven’t even been called in for an interview. A lot of it is politics, which is unfortunate.

i do wish you well though! Good vibes for our interviews Monday!

Post # 5
1054 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@SweetartMD:  I disagree with the person who said that schools don’t normally hire the long term sub. I’m a teacher and many of my co-workers were hired after long term subbing or working as paraprofessionals. If you have already made a good impression on the administrators then I think you have a good shot. I would make sure to dress nice for the interview and answer as formally as you would at any other interview. 




I think you have a really good shot…good luck!


Post # 7
2023 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Good luck! I really hope you get it.  I know how it is to want a job so so so bad.  I am in the same boat right now.  I havent even applied yet!

Post # 9
596 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@SweetartMD:  Not sure how your field is- but in New Jersey, there’s hardly ANY jobs in my field. As in I’ve applied to every job within a 1 hour driving distance (sometimes a bit more if I would be going against traffic). That was about 15 jobs. There was only one place I didn’t apply to and that’s because I didn’t want to be working in Camden (I think it was listed as the most dangerous or the worst city in the US).

I’m fighting for jobs with about 150-200 other applicants for every open position. In some districts, there are even more applicants. I’ve only had one school district interested in interviewing me (I find out tomorrow or Monday if I made it to round three of interviews). Don’t beat yourself up – it’s a really tough time in education right now.

Post # 11
3256 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@SweetartMD:  10 years ago, when I was working my ass off pursuing my goal of becoming an NHL referee, someone gave me some very good advice I’ve remembered ever since:

You cannot control what you’ve done.  You can only control what you’re going to do.

Post # 12
2076 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

Yes, maintain professionalism at all times!

It will help calm your nerves if you brought your resume to the interview. (I always do; it’s like a cue-card for me)

Also, think of instances/situations that you can recall from your past teaching experiences. For example, they might ask you a situation where you had to deal with a difficult student; etc. They will most likely stress that the interview will be confidential and you could describe situations without naming your students.

Recall successes and failures (failures = opportunity to improve). Walk them through the interview with what you’ve done. If they asked a question where you have never encountered, be honest and say you haven’t faced any situation like that, but if you were… make a hypothetical answer.

Hope this helps.

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