Getting plenty of interviews but not getting job offers? It’s time to evaluate what might be going on. Did you:
- Do your interview preparation by researching the school/district? This helps to ensure a good job fit and helps you to do better in the interview.
- Prepare and provide access to (electronic or hard copy) an excellent portfolio that clearly demonstrates the kind of teacher you are/will be?
- Obtain strong letters of recommendation?
- Dress appropriately/professionally for the interview?
- Offer a solid handshake, smile, and make eye contact?
- Discuss how the job is a good fit for your unique skill set? And convey what value you would add to the school/district?
- Prepare your “stories” that best illustrate your skills as a teacher? Including your philosophy of teaching?
- Answer all questions thoroughly? This includes understanding behavior-based interviews - the questions that ask “Tell me about a time when.....” - and responding with specific answers that best demonstrate when you have put your skills into action. Remember, the interviewer will be listening for EAR - event, action, result.
- Send a follow-up/thank you communication to reiterate your skills and interest in the position?
Still not getting the job? Consider seeking out a mock interview with your alma mater’s Career Center or a professional in the field whom you trust to give you honest feedback.
Tip on how to get more feedback: Video tape yourself during a mock interview (your alma mater may be able to help you with this, or just have a friend tape you answering the questions you were asked at your last interview). Play it back and pay close attention to your mannerisms and body language. Also, remember it’s not always what you say but how you say it. Seek feedback from others about what you might be doing wrong.
Pam Folger, Director
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