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7 Musts for a Great Interview
Remember, all interviews are not created equal. This is especially true for a teaching interview. While there is no one
way to say exactly how your interview will go, we've got
some tips from top Human Resources personnel, Principals
and teachers to help you ace your interview and stand out
as a top candidate.
1. Do Your Research
The more you know about the school or district you're interviewing with, the more prepared you'll be to answer specific
questions. Additionally, you'll be able to ask questions pertaining to the district/school/job. Familiarize yourself with
Principal's name, school calendar, and anything else that
you may want to ask about to ensure that this teaching job is
the right one for you.
2. Look Your Best
First impressions are important, and the way you dress for
your interview says a lot about how seriously you take the
interview. Dress professionally. You may feel inclined to
dress as you would on the job, but this is an interview and
the person or people interviewing will notice. For men, it's
better to be clean shaven. For women, no excessive jewelry
or flashy clothing.
3. Portfolio & Résumé
Your portfolio is an extension of your résumé and cover letter. It serves three basic purposes: a collection of all important official documents (Transcripts, statement of eligibility,
etc.), a collection of sample work (lesson plans, discipline
management plans, etc.), and ongoing reflection and refinement of teaching expertise, sample documents and related material.
The portfolio can easily be put together in a 3-ring binder.
Use tabs that can easily guide you to any section/document.
Avoid using a large binder that includes very few documents. The portfolio should look simple and professional
Texas Teachers offers a résumé review service, at no additional charge to Interns, where you can send in your résumé
and get advice on how to integrate your training hours and
time in the classroom to highlight relevant experience.
Have a friend ask you a few questions, or ask them into a mirror, and practice your responses. This will help you work
through any nervousness you may have. Here you can run
through the best way to summarize your professional experience and really perfect your 15-second commercial.
At the start of your interview you may have the opportunity to
give your 15-second commercial. This is your chance to highlight your strengths and get the interviewer(s) interested to
Smile. Remember, this is the job you have trained for. Speak
clearly and keep your answers concise.
6. Be Ready for Anything
Teacher interview processes can vary by district, or even by
school. Interviewers have been known to pull in other professionals for a panel-type Q&A session, or have candidates run
through classroom management scenarios and discuss their
pedagogy in detail.
Principals are looking for teachers who have a passion for
education and working with kids, but can also effectively manage a classroom including both celebrating successes as well
as adversity. Be sure you are ready to discuss your discipline
plans and give examples where you dealt with difficult situations successfully.
Organization is important and you may be asked details about
your curriculum plans and lesson design. Be sure to include
your delivery methods to include all learning styles and levels
of learning readiness.
7. Have Questions
Typically, at the end of an interview, the employer gives you a
chance to ask any questions that you may have. Take advantage of this opportunity. This will show genuine interest in the
position. Make sure the questions are all related to the position
Make sure to thank whoever is in the room for their time.
If, after the interview, you decide that this is the position you
want, send a follow up email or phone call to let the Principal or
district HR representative that you interviewed with know that
you are interested in the job and feel it is a great fit for you.
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It's Time to Get
One of the biggest buzzwords in today's world
of education is differentiation. It is about recognizing the differences between people,
learning from others and adapting our own
ways. One of the best ways to do this is to immerse yourself in other cultures, and gain some
empathy for those around you. I strongly believe that understanding our students is one of
the best tools we can use to teach them. This
mentality has boomed across North America
- a new found desire to experience the world
and people so different from ourselves. What
better way to obtain the best of both worlds
other than to teach while travelling? Having
the opportunity to experience new cultures
and teach at the same time benefits not only
your students, but also yourself.
The travel and tourism industry has been on a
steady rise, and it doesn't appear to be slowing down. The new buzzword, wanderlust,
has become prominent making this desire for
travel and culture so prevalent. According to
Trekksoft travel blog, due to the rise of technology, travel has become that much easier. People can research other cultures and book a new
trip at the touch of a fingertip on your Smartphone. Studying, working and living abroad no
longer cuts you off from your previous world.
The internet world and now social media allow
you to stay in touch no matter where you are,
and it isn't such a scary venture anymore. Also,
thanks to the ever-changing travel industry,
travel doesn't have to cost you an arm and a
leg. This world has opened the eyes of many,
fuelling that desire to see somewhere new, immerse yourself in a new culture and ultimately
experience the end goal: growth.
Trekksoft estimates that approximately, "17
million travellers identify themselves as being
'health and wellbeing' focused, with 40% of
them travelling regularly." We all know that
teaching can be stressful on a regular basis,
and teacher "burn-out" is a real thing. Often,
teachers don't take that time for themselves.
Sometimes it is about putting yourself first to
recharge your batteries, and in the end your
students will benefit. Those school breaks
should be put to good use! While teaching
abroad, any day can be a vacation. Your new
and exciting surroundings that you navigate
through can open your eyes to a whole new
you. That refreshed travel glow can brighten
up your return to the classroom.
By living and teaching abroad, there will be
new sites to see and new people to meet, each
one having an impact on your growth and wellbeing in their own special way. Your first time
trying to navigate a new city surrounded by
people who don't speak your language, might
just help you relate a bit better to that EAL
student you have been struggling to reach...
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author and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education.
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