Here are 7 questions that most educational interviewers use. You have spent years preparing yourself to become a teacher so why not invest another 10 minutes to create an interview advantage that will allow you to get the job?
Question 1: Tell me a little about yourself.
What to avoid: Give too much personal detail about yourself, your hobbies or talking too long.
They ask you to have a glimpse of yourself and how you meet their requirements. It is also used as a disqualification question for those who share personal details that have nothing to do with the teaching position. Keep your answers focused on how you meet their needs.
Before writing your answer to this question, start by identifying what they want the most from a new teacher from their job offer. What are the keywords that they use? Make sure these words do it in the summary of yourself when they ask. Do not take this question lightly.
What to say instead: Give a succinct but relevant answer. "I would say that I am an experienced educator who likes to work in a highly collaborative teaching environment and who has been very successful in turning students away from others."
Question # 2: How would you describe a successful principal?
What to avoid: complain or denigrate former directors.
They ask this question because it's a subtle way of asking questions about what you appreciate and which often leads to follow-up questions about your relationship with former leaders.
What to say instead: Highlight the values you honestly have about a good principle, but that also match what you know of their values. "The best directors I have worked with are balancing the teacher's concern for development while making him accountable for high standards."
Question 3: What is the management plan for your class?
: Do not have an answer or do not have one that fits the way they run their school.
This is a standard question for which most of the teachers I work with are prepared, but if you do not know how they approach class management, this could be a problem for you. Do your homework and discover their culture, values and how they approach class management.
What to say instead: Give an honest answer about the management plan for your class, but adapt the values and approach to class management.
Question 4: Tell me about the most stressful situation in your career and how did you manage it?
What to avoid: complain or create a pity party.
Teaching can be stressful and what they really want to know, is: are you a stress hazard? Administrators point out that teachers who can not handle relationships are one of the biggest risks and are not able to handle stress like the second.
What to say instead: Identify a very stressful situation that involves a difficult interpersonal relationship. Be honest about the difficulty, but how you got a result you are proud of.
Question 5: How would you treat an angry parent?
What to avoid: Look too aggressive or too passive.
Relationships with parents are among the most difficult to manage as a teacher. They ask this question to get an idea of your style when dealing with parents. If you seem too strong or too soft, you will lose the position.
What to say instead: Talk about how you maintain a good balance between respect for parents and the student and be clear about the problems, problems and problems. the facts surrounding them. In this way, show that you are reaching the right place that they are looking for.
Question 6: How do you measure the effectiveness of a teacher?
What to avoid: claim that the effectiveness of teachers can not be measured or the other extreme is that the standardized scores.
While volumes have been written about teacher assessment approaches, come to the interview ready to talk about all the things you should look at in the evaluation of the teacher performance.
What to say instead: The best answers are those that show a balance of measures that do not emphasize one thing to the detriment of others.
Question 7: Why should we hire you?
What to avoid: A weak response that seems humble but does not sell your talents.
This question is asked in most interviews but as a hiring manager, I am surprised that few seem to have gone through this question in a way that really sells the teacher candidate's strengths according to our needs. Do not be shy! It's your time to sell. If you do not do it, someone else will do it and get your work done.
What to Say Instead: Write a summary of your strengths and experience based on what they value most. Practice saying it. Remember that part of the answer is clearly and strongly selling your talents, but the other side ensures that what you bring to the teaching position is exactly what that they need. Do your homework and tailor your "why should we hire you" resume to their needs and how to avoid the risks that matter most to them?