Scripted interview versus being yourself??

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  1. love2teach_art

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    Scripted interview answers versus being yourself??

    So yesterday my grad school professor was encouraging me to be myself at my upcoming interview.

    For the past 7 years, I've been trying to get a full-time job.
    I was able to get part-time jobs along the way, which I am very grateful for.

    Every year, I practice and rehearse my answers to interview questions with my husband. And during my interviews, I'm able answer with ease. But there must be something missing as I never get called back for 2nd interviews, at least for full-time jobs...

    Perhaps the principals are looking for real answers, nothing rehearsed, but the ones that come out of my heart...

    What do you guys think?? :help:
     
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    I know exactly what you mean, because that's me in a nutshell too! I always try to say what they want to hear, because I think that will get me the job. Maybe we should just be speaking from the heart, but I feel like I am so bad at thinking of things to say when I'm put "on the spot" as in an interview. So maybe a mix of both? A little preparation, but not a complete script? I'll be interested to see what others say to this!
     
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    My best interviews have been the one where I am 100% myself and honestly approach it as if I'm not expecting to get the job.

    For example, I just had an interview with an amazing school district and I figured that they would never hire a first year teacher like myself. I looked at it like practice. The interview was taped and the last question was "Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself personally or professionally in order to help our decision..." My answer was "No. I think that everything you need to know about me is in my resume, cover letter, and portfolio. I am willing to answer any of your additional questions but I'm not the type to put the 'cheese' on just to sway your decision." I figured that was me shooting myself in the foot and giving up a great opportunity to sell myself. However, the district loved it and I got another interview.
     
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    I was also 100% myself in an interview I got at a job fair at a school I really wanted where the principal said she had filled both of the spots prior to the fair. She said sorry she wished she had something to give me and asked me to call back towards the end of the year to see if their would be another position availble. Well, I guess that didn't work out because she called me back for another interview and offered me the job. I think there's something to be said about just being who you are and people will like and respect you for it!!!
     
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    I agree completely.

    The analogy I always use is that a good interview is like a cocktail party, minus the wine class and the cocktail franks. Conversation moves from one topic to the next, with give and take on both sides. I laugh a bit, and the other person does as well. I'm absolutely comfortable, and am in no hurry to get out of there.

    Giving canned answers gives them no insight as to who YOU are. They don't want to hire the internet site where you (and half the people they've interviewed) all got their canned responses, full of grad school buzzwords. They want to hire the teacher you KNOW you can be.
     
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    What Alice said.

    When I interviewed for my current job several years ago I remember being asked "where do you see yourself in 5 years?"

    My response was: "rockin' it in my classroom!"

    My 3 admin laughed and I laughed, too, then I followed up with more info ... pushing my students hard, holding them to high expectations, enjoying my students ...
     
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    What??? No differentiated instruction??? No multiple intelligences???

    And you got the job anyway???
     
  9. love2teach_art

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    Ah, I wish I can have an easy going personality like you!
    I get so nervous and my tongue gets tied and all the more I want to rehearse my answers... :(

    But thank you guys for your insights!! I will definitely take all of your advices... :)
     
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    Yep! :) Funny, huh?
     
  11. Aliceacc

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    You know what might help?

    Posting more on here.

    Hit some of the threads on anything in education. (If you go back to August/ September threads, I bet you find a lot as the school year starts.) Read the first post, and write your initial response (before you read anyone else's input.) Then go back and read the responses, and see if your initial reaction was on point.
     
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    I also feel like scripted interviews are not the way to go. I've had numerous interviews in the past six months and no job offers until recently. As time went on and I became more comfortable, however, I became myself in interviews a lot more. Now I've had three job offers (summer camp, summer school, retail) in a month. :) I think it's helped to be less stiff and formal!
     
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    Having said all of which, of course, one HAS to know the material - and that's the point of the exercise that Alice suggests, to get you practicing the material and ways to phrase it so that education and the terminology to discuss it becomes part of your vocabulary of use.
     
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    Ummm, yeah, I guess I should have included that, huh??
     

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