Wednesday, May 13, 2015

10 Tips for Teaching Interview Success Part 3

Welcome back to part 3 of my series, 10 Tips for Teaching Interview Success. If you haven’t read part 1 ofthe series, which includes tips for writing your resume and finding the right references, you can find it here. You can find Part 2, which
includes tips for filling out an application and designing your portfolio, here.

5.    Submit a Sample Lesson

Again, due to increased competition for jobs, many principals are asking job seekers to submit a sample lesson. You might be asked to do this by video, Skype, or in person, as part of the interview process. Make sure to include elements valued by the administrator, whether it be arts, technology, or some other area listed as part of their school site’s mission.

Tailor Your Sample Lesson to Your Audience

Let’s be clear that I’m not talking about a lesson plan, but rather an actual lesson. They want to see how you teach, in action, that kind of thing. It doesn’t have to be long, about 10 minutes in length, but it should be your best work.

If you think you’re going to be nervous in front of a group of adults, then ask your best buddies to be your test audience. Offer to do the same for them, if they’re also looking for a new job, or find something else you can do for them. Taking your best buddies out for coffee or snacks is a small price to pay for a successful job interview.

Reward Yourself and Your Friends

6.    Research the “Right” Answers to the Right Questions

Once you have scored an interview, you want to make certain to make a good impression with your answers to their questions. It’s difficult to do that if you don’t what the interviewers will ask. Here are some helpful sites that include some of the typical interview questions for teachers: Teaching Monster, Education World, and Association of California School Administrators.

Read through them carefully, and then take the time to answer them in writing. Save these answers to a document on your computer. Periodically open the document and study the questions and answers. An interview is a test of your ability to speak professionally and clearly on a given topic. In this case the topic is you, and you want to be certain to ace this test, so that you will be offered the job.

Save Sample Interview Questions and Answers to Your Computer and Study

I hope that you have enjoyed reading part 3 of my series: 10 Tips for Teaching Interview Success. I hope you will take a moment to leave a question or comment down below. Please join me next time for part 4, which will include tips for the actual interview portion of your job search. Part 5 includes tips include how to show your professionalism, and how to continue your job search after the initial interview. Thanks for visiting!

“See” you next time!
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