5 Ways to Ace that Teacher Interview
1. Do your research:
Learn as much as you can about the community, the district, and the school. Visit in advance if you can. If not, use the Web: Check sites like SchoolMatters for information on public schools.
2. Anticipate the questions:
The trick to a successful interview is preparing your answers, say Jack Warner and Clyde Bryan, authors of Finding a Teaching Job. Expect questions about your strengths and weaknesses, classroom discipline, and management. Also “whys”: Why this school, this grade, this job?
3. Showcase your talents:
Keep your best skills and traits in mind as you answer each question. Volunteer information about your additional skills, such as coaching.
Connect with teachers you know, both those who are employed and those who are looking. Team up and do a practice interview or two!
5. Be positive:
Your enthusiasm and energy, and your honest interest in being part of a school’s community, mean the most of all.