Interview tips?

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  1. monniec14

    monniec14 Rookie

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    I have posted on here before, but I am certified for English 7-12. I've been subbing for this entire school year and, unlike last year, I've started my job search for the coming year early. I am getting calls for interviews and I need sometips. In college, our professors insisted that we bring the portfolio of all of our education stuff with us...but some have said don't bring anything because they do not want to go through all of that. I am not the best at interviews and never have been. Here are some questions I have:
    1. How should I dress?
    2. What should I bring with me, if anything?
    3. What are the principals looking for specifically from a candidate in the interview?

    Any other tips would be appreciated!!!
     
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  3. bella84

    bella84 Enthusiast

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    1. How should I dress?
    I always wear a suit. I wear a shirt underneath that could stand alone without the jacket on the occasions when I will be teaching a demo lesson... because, demo or not, most people don't wear suits when they teach.

    2. What should I bring with me, if anything?
    I usually bring my portfolio, but rarely does anyone look at it. I usually don't even make the offer to share it with them unless the opportunity appropriately presents itself. However, I usually have it, just in case.

    3. What are the principals looking for specifically from a candidate in the interview?
    I came across these great articles on the subject earlier this week:

    http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/12426
    http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/11482


    Good luck! :)
     
  4. waterfall

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    In my experience it's up to you as the person being interviewed to bring your portfolio into the discussion. I've taught in 3 different schools, so I have been on plenty of interviews and I think one principal specifically asked to look through my portfolio. You use whatever is in your portfolio to help you answer the questions. For example, if they asked how I motivate students, I would pull out an example of the goal charts I have students make. If they asked how I kept track of progress, I would show some of the things I created for progress monitoring. If you're fresh out of college I imagine you don't have any student growth data yet, but the last time I interviewed I found that to be the most powerful thing from my portfolio because I could show solid evidence that I get results with students. In fact, if they didn't ask me anything related to that but would ask if I wanted to talk about anything else at the end, I'd ask if I could share some of my data.
     
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    This.

    I make a brochure with photographs that I reference. Looking at the brochure usually leads to other questions which gets the interview into conversation territory instead of interrogation territory. I prefer the conversation type interview!
     
  6. Mr.history

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    I went on about 12 interviews this year. I had taught for four years at my current school. I was offered four jobs after everything was said and done this time. Here are the tips I would offer:
    1. Wear a suit (like others said). There were job interviews where I just wore a shirt/tie versus a suit and it may have been in my head but the suit interviews went better.
    2. Be prepared for the questions. Look at the list of interview questions on this forum and sit down and type/write out what you would say. Nothing is worse then knowing you flubbed an interview question that could have cost you the job.
    3. I've never brought a portfolio, not really sure its a thing in my area. I did bring previous evaluations (which you don't have but do you have subbing ones?)
    4. Get there about 15 minutes early. Don't get there too early and definitely don't get there late. When I was on an interview committee a few times we would basically disqualify anyone who was even a minute late.
    5. Be nice to everyone in the front office. They run the school and if you make a bad impression then they will tell the interviewers.
    6. Be relaxed. Easier said than done but its important that you come across as personable and someone that those interviewing would want their own children to experience in the classroom.
     
  7. TXSPEDteacher

    TXSPEDteacher Rookie

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    1. How should I dress?
    wear a suit with a white shirt and a non-flashy tie

    2. What should I bring with me, if anything?
    1) several copies of your resume
    2) list of references
    3) example of lesson plans, a portfolio, etc.

    3. What are the principals looking for specifically from a candidate in the interview?
    Some questions I have almost always been asked: classroom management style, example of handing a tough situation with a parent, how to handle disagreement with colleague, brief example of a student-centered lesson I like to use.
     

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