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Mastering the Interview Process: 28 Tips for Success

Updated: Mar 13



Here's a breakdown of the interview tips grouped into categories based on the interview stage





  • Before the Interview:

  1. Double-check your application: Ensure that your application materials are error-free.

  2. Seek feedback: Contact your campus resources for feedback on your application.

  3. Research the school district you're applying to.

  4. Maintain a balanced approach on your resume: Highlight diverse experiences and accomplishments.

  5. Leverage available resources: Use the school or district's resources to make your application stand out.


  • First-Round Interview:

  1. Pay attention to first impressions: Review and proofread your materials to create a positive impression.

  2. Dress professionally

  3. Prepare for first-round questions: Anticipate common interview questions and practice your responses.

  4. Manage interview length: Be aware of the time allotted and keep your responses concise.


  • Second-Round Interview:

  1. Showcase your teaching philosophy: Be prepared to discuss your teaching philosophy and connect it to your experiences.

  2. Highlight collaboration skills: Provide examples of collaborating with others and working well in a team.

  3. Show that you can be coached.

  4. Don't just give a textbook response to an answer - make it your own.

  5. Understand your content area: Familiarize yourself with the specific terminology and knowledge relevant to your subject.


  • Third-Round Interview:

  1. Emphasize student-centered design

  2. Discuss your strategies for differentiation and creating an inclusive environment.

  3. Thoroughly review and familiarize yourself with specific topics or subjects.


  • Performance Evaluation (Third Round):

  1. Understand the performance evaluation: Be prepared to teach a lesson that is prepared and aligned with objectives.

  2. Communicate resource requirements: Demonstrate your ability to plan and execute lessons effectively.

  3. Use opportunities to engage students: Incorporate interactive activities and hands-on learning experiences.

  4. Seek student feedback: Show your commitment to student-centered teaching and improvement.


  • Lesson Planning (Third Round):

  1. Showcase lesson design experience: Provide examples of tailoring lessons to meet diverse student needs.

  2. Develop a well-structured lesson plan: Clearly outline objectives, strategies, assessments, and anticipated outcomes.

  3. Prioritize engagement and participation: Plan activities encouraging active learning and collaboration.

  4. Practice and seek feedback: Practice your lesson plan and seek input from colleagues or mentors.





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