Do you have a job interview on your schedule? There are a number of steps you can take before and after the interview to ensure that you make a terrific impression during the interview.
Take the time to personalize your responses to interview questions. Include highlights from your background, skills and professional experience that are relevant to the job that you're applying for. Focus on skills most relevant to the field.
Tips for preparing teaching Job Interview Questions
Analyze the Job:
An important part of interview preparation is to take the time to analyze the job posting if you have it. As you review the job description, consider what the School or College is seeking in a candidate.
Make a list of the skills, knowledge, and professional and personal qualities that are required by the employer and are critical for success in the job.
Research the School/College/Institute:
Research school or college where you will be working if you get hired. You’ll be able to find plenty of this information on their website. Also, if you have a connection to any teachers who work in the school, or any parents whose kid attend the school, ask them for their insight into the job. The more familiar you are with the academics, extra-curricular activities, sports, student profiles, and the curriculum, the better equipped you’ll be to ask meaningful questions and provide nuanced answers to interview questions.
Groom Properly for your Interview:
Have an interview outfit ready to wear. When dressing for an interview for a professional position, dress accordingly in business attire.
Practice Interview Etiquette:
Proper interview etiquette is important. Remember to greet the receptionist, your interviewer, and everyone else you meet politely, pleasantly, and enthusiastically.
During the interview, watch your body language – shake hands firmly and make eye contact as you articulate your points. Pay attention, be attentive, and look interested. This is something you can work on in your practice interviews.
During a job interview, listening is just as important as answering questions. If you're not paying attention, you're not going to be able to give a good response.
Take the time to practice answering interview questions you will probably be asked during a job interview.
Following are some of the questions generally asked during teaching job interviews:
Why did you decide to become a teacher?
What is your teaching philosophy?
What type of classroom management structure would you implement if you were hired?
How have you used, or how will you use, technology in the classroom?
What approach or strategy do you use to learn new information?
Would you be interested in leading any after-school activities?
How would you deal with a student who is habitually late?
How would you engage a reluctant student?
What would you say to an angry parent about their child’s grade?
If you noticed a child being bullied in your class, how would you deal with the situation?
What continuing education classes, workshops, training, etc. have you attended?
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