Educator Job Interviews

Read tips about teacher and principal job interviews, including interview questions to prepare for
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Recruitment & Retention Recruiters: Prospective Teacher Hires Have Questions. Be Prepared
We flipped the script and polled teachers about what they'd ask recruiters in a job interview. Their responses are revealing.
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Career Advice Is That Teaching Job Right for You? Red Flags to Look Out For
Signs to look for and questions to ask before you say yes.
Elizabeth Heubeck, April 5, 2022
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Recruitment & Retention Districts Are Screening for Racial Biases During Teacher Job Interviews. Here's How
Increasingly, school systems ask applicants questions about cultural competency, race, and equity during the interview process.
Madeline Will, December 7, 2021
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Career Advice 5 Essential Questions Teachers Should Ask During Job Interviews
When being interviewed for a teaching job, it's as important to ask questions as to answer them. Here are 5 key questions to start you off.
Elizabeth Heubeck, June 3, 2021
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Teaching Profession Is It Time to Relax Teacher Dress Codes?
After teaching at home in comfortable clothes, some school and district leaders support casual attire for teachers returning to classrooms.
Elizabeth Heubeck, May 21, 2021
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Career Advice Want to Be a Principal? How to Prove You're Right for the Job
What it takes to attract the attention of K-12 recruiters looking for their schools' next principals.
Elizabeth Heubeck, February 26, 2021
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Career Advice Opinion The Three Question Interview
Most interviews begin with a time-wasting question such as: "Tell us something about yourself." Why? As the interviewer, you have the candidate's resume, cover letter, and some other documents like a portfolio, reference letters or surveys, transcripts, and test scores. What more do you need to know about a 22-year-old interviewing for their first teaching position?
AAEE, June 16, 2018
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Teacher Preparation Opinion COACHELLA TICKETS!! WHERE DO I SIGN??
I like to know what incentives, marketing materials, and salaries they are offering. Last year I came across the most amazing teacher recruitment advertisement ever. It was so cool, I considered going back in the classroom, packing up my family, and moving to California. Going into my 20th year, I'm vested in insurance and retirement, I may have to reconsider.
AAEE, April 17, 2018
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Career Advice Opinion On Your Mark, Get Ready, Search! Navigating Your Job Search as a First Year Teacher
Every school and school district is unique so, do your research and do not make assumptions.
AAEE, March 13, 2018
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Teacher Preparation Opinion The Long Game: Preparing for the Interview from the Start
While the shortage of certified teachers is real in pockets across the country, there continues to be a need for preparation prior to interviewing for that first job. In some school districts, the competition is still fierce and in order to be successful, teacher candidates will have to bring their "A" game in order to secure the job they want. So, when does that preparation start?
AAEE, January 18, 2018
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Professional Development Opinion WORK IT! Successfully Navigating the Teacher Job Fair
Much is made of the importance of job fair preparation, and rightfully so. Job fair prep is critical, but it is not the end goal. The preparation is the behind the scenes work, intended to set you up for a successful recruitment experience. Recruiters are constantly evaluating during job fairs. Here's what they do (and don't) want to see:
AAEE, November 15, 2017
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Career Advice Opinion Accepting a Teaching Position
With the current teacher crisis, chances are likely you could not only receive one teaching contract, but you could potentially receive more than one offer. Consequently, there are certain things to keep in mind when considering and ultimately, accepting a teaching position.
AAEE, August 29, 2017
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Career Advice Opinion Don't forget to FOLLOW UP
Once you make a great first impression, keep the ball rolling with effective follow-up!
AAEE, August 22, 2017
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Career Advice Opinion Two Steps for Teacher Fair Networking Strategies
Last week, you read about three effective tips (research schools and districts, prepare your resume, and dress for success) for preparing for a teacher fair/recruiting event. Now that the day has arrived, how do you maximize the experience so things turn out well in your favor? Review the following keys to successful teacher fair networking strategies and visit your career coach at your university's Career Services center for any additional questions and advice.
AAEE, August 14, 2017
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