Preparing for the Interview
The interviews at Teacher Recruitment Day are 25-minute screening interviews. They are meant to allow an employer to get to know you and for you to make a positive, lasting impression on them. Some interviewers may ask you a lot of questions; others may use the time to talk about their school district to give you a clearer picture of who they are and what they have to offer.
Demonstrate PASSION for working with students.
- Employers like to see a demonstrated passion for working with students within the first 10 minutes of your interview. You can help communicate passion by smiling, providing a firm and confident handshake, making good eye contact, maintaining good posture, and using energy in your voice. Be enthusiastic!
- TIP: Do not use the term "kids". Refer to "students" when you describe your passions and experience. "Children" is acceptable if you are discussing experience you have outside of a teaching role, such as summer camp counseling.
How you DRESS is critical.
- All schools want to see interviewees (men and women) in suits. Women, if you choose to wear a skirt, the length is very important. Employers do not want to see you continually pulling your skirt down when you sit. Have an appropriate length.
- Polish the shoes. Men, make sure your socks match your pant color and your belt matches your shoes - a simple rule that makes a difference. Make sure the length of your pant is good, and seek help with your tie to avoid a sloppy collar.
- Men and women should minimize the use of perfume or cologne, and also minimize the jewelry (no more than three pieces).
Be PREPARED to discuss...
- Center areas, displayed work, interactive spaces, or bulletin boards
- Seating for students in groups and an area for group meetings
- Personal instructional style
- Classroom discipline plan
- Knowledge of laws/public trends that impact education
- Questions about people skills, teamwork, and collaboration
- Questions to find out if you are coachable and teachable
- Knowledge of reading in your content area
- A variety of teaching methods
- Implementing technology in your classroom
- Parental involvement
- Assessments and evaluations of students and yourself
- Questions about your skills and strengths
- Questions about what you will bring to their classroom