Recruiters Chris and Wyatt from Granite School District in Utah discuss how to prepare for a teacher recruiter on your campus. You'll learn how to prepare for a recruiter, what to bring, how to prep for the interview, and questions to ask.
Q1: If we're a college student and we're a pre-service teacher and we see that we have recruiters coming on campus, what does that mean? What does a recruiter do and how can we best prepare?
A1: We are excited to meet students when we come to campus, and meeting students is the best part of our job. Students are excited about starting their careers and are eager to learn. We know you've been prepared well.
Our job really is to come in and get to know you and for you to get to know us. We will offer you opportunities to learn more about our district. We will want to speak with you and we will want to get information from you, such as a well-written resume that only focuses on education.
We want to know where you have student taught as well as your mentors, as well as anything related to education like tutoring. Please let us know if you know of any endorsements or things we can use for our kids because our kids should have a variety of exposure to learning in different areas.
So you really need to come prepared with a current resume with current references. I find that people do not have contact information. It is accurate, for their references, but we have to call them by law. Recommendation letters are good if you want to do them, but make sure they are education-related.
If you have a video of your teaching experience, or a link to it, that you could share I mean, an interview in person would be awesome. It's even better if you can interview them by seeing them interact with kids so that you can see how they're able to set the bar for students in terms of excitement and enthusiasm and see what's going on in the classroom.
The other thing I forgot to mention and why I just remembered it is if you have ever worked, especially in today's online environment, a link to a canvas site or anything similar that you have had to do. So on our application website, it'll have a place for you to put a link to your canvas site or your Google classroom. If you have experience in that, that is a plus.
Over break, getting Google certified as Google certified teacher, Microsoft certification.
Q2 What questions can I expect to answer during this interview?
A2: Some common questions asked by a recruiter:
What does a successful lesson plan look like? You'll see things about reflection. Especially for an early educator, we want to know about your reflection and what are we going to do to grow and improve?
You're going to find something about professional learning communities or PLCs or collaboration because you know, none of us are as smart as all of us.
Typically there's going to be a question about maybe something that was a little bit challenging for you, a hard time during teaching.
Be honest about your weaknesses and how you are handling them.
If you can, share a story or an example about your practicum experience.
Classroom management will always be a big one. There's always going to be a question about classroom management. It could be a situational-type question. What if I gave you a scenario then I would say, and what if that didn't work out? In other words, you're being asked to think about classroom management on more than one level. Don't say I'll send them to the principal as your first step.
How will you use data to inform your teaching decision-making?
How will you differentiate your instruction?
Q3: How long should we expect to be in an interview with a recruiter on campus?
A3: Anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. Probably not too long. There may also be a demonstration teaching component as well as the interview.
Q4: So what are two really good questions that an interviewee can ask you as the recruiter?
A4: It's okay to write down questions. It shows that you are prepared. Write down some questions you would like to know about the district on a little card or in a notebook. There is a time schedule for the meeting, so don't ask too many questions. Don't be afraid to ask questions that aren't answered.
Here are some suggestions:
Ask how the hiring process works. What can you expect?
I shared with you and I was vulnerable about this particular aspect, what kind of support could I find for that?
The Granite School District is located in South Salt Lake, which is the center of Salt Lake City. It covers about 250 square miles.
It goes from mountain range to mountain range.
We have a lot of different things to offer teachers such as a mentoring program, retirement plan, and even an on-campus health clinic.
Special thanks to Chris and Wyatt from Granite School District of Utah for joining me during this very special Instagram live and podcast episode.