Post # 1
I have an interview on Wednesday evening at a school much closer to home. Do any of you have any tips/suggestions on how not to mess this opportunity up? What should I bring? What sort of questions should I prepare for? I am probably going to wear black slacks and a plain black top that has some blingy beads around the neckline. And clean shoes. I am excited yet nervous at the same time – even if I am just a window dressing interview (politics, race and the history of this country at play) , at least I have the opportunity to be interviewed – and it is a small glimmer of hope that I might eventually get out of my current school!
Post # 2
timonandpumba : Research the hell out of the school.
Here we have a government website that was set up for parents that show statistics about the school (like testing etc). Do you have anythng like that in SA?
If you have a particular interest or strong skills in a certain area that aligns with the school’s direction (whether social or curriculum based) then highlight that. And if your research shows the school is lacking in that skill then sell that, without stating that they are of course!
Also brush up on latest research/skills and policy directions. If the dept of education has a new policy direction (say tackling literacy) then be up to date on that.
If you are asked about why you want to leave your current school do not mention the issues you are having. Maybe say something about you have heard very positive things about the school and feel you would be a great fit.
Good luck. You can do it.
Post # 3
j_jaye : Thank you. The first interview was interesting…. they barely asked any of the “typical” questions (such as strengths’weaknesses, scenario, personal growth etc) during the interview. Instead, I had to do three sums on the spot (stuff I haven’t done in about three years!!), and a lot of content questions. I have been invited to a second round of interviews, so I guess it didn’t go too badly last night….
Post # 4
timonandpumba : Congrats on getting the second interview. It sounds like the first was a skills test to weed out those that are all talk. Good luck on the next interview and stay positive.