Interviewing A two-way process A professional conversation
Four questions in the interviewer’s mind... How will this candidate: relate with the students in this school? work with other faculty? cooperate with the administration? fit into the community?
Four questions for you… How will I: relate with the students in this school? work with the faculty in this school? cooperate with the administration? fit into this community?
Types of interviews Screening interviews include campus interviews and Education Interview Day interviews Selection interviews often for a specific teaching position provides an opportunity to make more specific preparations for the interview
Types of interviews (cont’d) Phone interviews Urban Teacher Perceiver often done by phone Challenges Recommended strategies Group/panel interviews More common for site interviews
Types of interviews (cont’d) Structured interviews Each person is asked the same questions The interviewer will often be taking notes; interviews may be recorded Looking for specific types of responses Urban Teacher Perceiver is one example
Types of interviews (cont’d) Unstructured interviews The interviewer may appear to be asking questions at random “Good ol’ boy” interview; conversation Determine what you want the employer to know about you
Types of interviews (cont’d) Behavioral-based interviews Based on the premise that past behavior or performance predicts future behavior or performance Questions often begin with “Tell me about a time when...” or “Give me an example of...”
Types of interviews (cont’d) Behavioral-based interviews STAR response Situation/Task Action Result Important to select specific example(s)
Prepare for the interview Research prior to the interview: the school district the community your qualifications
Research the school district What does the public relations literature say about the district? What is the funding base? Who makes the decisions in the district? How large are the classes? What are the facilities like? Who is on the school board? How involved are the parents?
Research the community What is the community like? Who are the community leaders? What does the community think of the school district? What kind of financial and volunteer support does the community give the school?
Research your qualifications Why did you choose teaching? What special qualities do you bring to the classroom? What are your strengths/weaknesses? What are your goals? What is your philosophy of education? What are your accomplishments?
All in all, what do they look for? Appearance Voice – pitch, speed, volume Enthusiasm Emotional stability Common sense Integrity Personality
All in all, what do they look for? (cont’d) Use of the English language Knowledge of the teaching field Attitude toward students Ability to express ideas Classroom management Cooperation/team player
The interview Dress appropriately/professionally Bring extra copies of your resume Turn off your cell phone Arrive ten minutes early Maintain eye contact Understand the question before answering Don’t bring up salary
Always ask questions Bring a list of questions to the interview If the questions have been answered during the interview, you can ask for clarification Show the interviewer you have done your homework
Some questions to ask Ask for a copy of the school’s progress report What are the district goals? What are the school’s goals? What level of support will I receive as a new teacher? What kind of technical knowledge is necessary to teach in your district?
Some questions to ask Why would I want to work in your district? What are you looking for in the teacher you hire for this position? When will I hear back from you? When may I contact you about your decision? Is there any other information you need from me to help you in your hiring decision?
Illegal questions Questions to do with: ethnic/cultural background marital status number of children religion health
Three ways to handle illegal questions Get mad and storm out of the room Tell the interviewer he/she just asked you an illegal question and then go on with the interview Answer the question...or the intent
Final thoughts Keep a record of what occurred in the interview Critique yourself after the interview Always send a thank-you letter