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for the Interview
Know Yourself - How long has it been since you reflected on who
you are? Make a list of your skills and personal interests. What are your
philosophies on education and its subcategories, like discipline, behavior
and performance in the classroom? And, above all, ask yourself why you
like children and want to teach them. Write your list as if you were sharing
it with a stranger who doesn't know you; soon enough you'll be faced with
that very scenario.
Experience - Be prepared to elaborate at the interview about your
coursework and work experience, both paid and volunteer.
Get Your Portfolio in Order - If you haven't done so lately, familiarize
yourself with your portfolio, making sure it is up-to-date. For more information
on portfolios, see the Teachnet article Selling
Yourself: Creating the Ultimate Teaching/Interview Portfolio.
Do Your Homework - Check out the district in any way you can. This
would include web research for the district's website if they have one,
and asking questions on education mailing lists or newsgroups. Also, with
the current bashing education gets from the general public, you can count
on regular articles in the local newspaper. If you are focusing on one
district in particular, you should be up-to-date on what the local media
is saying about the school district.
Prepare Your List of Questions - Intelligent, confident job candidates
will have their own list of questions for their interviewers.
Above all, be yourself. Answer questions honestly, with the eagerness
and enthusiasm you should have naturally. If you have to fake a love for
children, you are in the wrong profession. Answer questions with examples
from your portfolio which you should be able to go straight to without
digging. Ask your own questions about the job and its benefits, and about
the district in general.
The interview may be over, but your work isn't. Send a business-like letter
to your interviewer(s) thanking them for the opportunity to meet with
them. Then keep in touch with a phone call to the personnel office every