Congrats, future teacher! You just landed an interview with your dream school!
Consider these 10 tips as you prepare for the big day:
Research the district: technology, extracurriculars, professional development opportunities, teacher retention, special programs, etc.
Layout and iron clothes the night before. You do not want to feel rushed in the morning. Be prepared with two options in case you aren’t feeling that suit with the blue shirt.
Know where you are going and plan for traffic. If at all possible, make the drive before the day of your interview around the same time in which you will be traveling. If you are unable to test out the drive, at least take in account for traffic at that time of day. You do not want traffic or not knowing where you are going rushing you for a time before your interview.
Arrive 15+ minutes early. You want to make yourself look good and look functional. Don’t forget to great the secretary with a friendly smile when you arrive!
Go in with confidence. Believe in yourself! You just spent the past four years preparing for your own classroom. Or, maybe you have already taught and are looking to start another classroom chapter. Regardless, use your experience to the fullest.
Have something to give. Have copies of your resume, tri-fold portfolio, and streamlined portfolio ready for interview day. If possible, know how many people are to be expected at your interview. Have enough copies for each person in attendance. It would not hurt to have extra copies in case someone else joins in. Make sure each person has your resume and tri-fold portfolio. Have your streamlined portfolio available as well and refer to these documents when applicable.
Consider different scenarios: proactively managing behaviors, dealing with conflict, co-teaching, etc. You will most likely be asked questions regarding these topics and others. Think about possible scenarios and answers based on your experience. Prep yourself with possible questions and answers through a mock interview.
Be open and honest. You may not have an answer for a question based on prior experience, especially if you are a new grad. Or, you may not know an answer. That is alright! Use those moments to highlight that you are willing to learn and research the answer.
Write down questions asked as soon as you get back to your car. Try to remember the questions and your answers so that you can prepare for any other interviews and clarify any questions in your thank you. Being reflective will help you improve your interview skills.
Send a “thank you” within 24 hours. Make sure to send a “thank you” to each person in attendance. Use this as an opportunity to reiterate a strength of the district, a personal strength of yourself, and to clarify/elaborate (if needed) an answer.
Again, congrats on the interview! Check out these other eduawesome interview tips by the one and only Dr. Sam:
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Interview sheet: date, district, time, my research, etc.
Interview notes: questions asked, thank you note sent date, next steps, elaborate