Acing the Teacher Job Interview

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© Written By Jimmy Sweeney
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In many ways, the teacher job interview is a good indicator of the effectiveness of the teaching job itself. In both cases, the teacher enters the environment with a body of knowledge that he or she must communicate to a specific audience. In the case of the teacher, it is the curriculum that must be conveyed to the students. During an interview the teacher must show the hiring manage his or her qualifications and how they match what the hiring manager is looking for. The effectiveness of the communication is likely to be in large part a result of the preparation the teacher has undertaken beforehand, and the manner in which he or she chooses to relay that information to the interviewer.

In a teacher job interview, as in a lesson plan, the first instinct is to simply relate the necessary information as it is presented in the relevant documents. For the teacher in front of the classroom, that might mean reading from the textbook. In the case of the applicant in a job interview, that would mean simply recounting a string of qualifications, achievements and experiences. However, just as reading from the textbook can fail to resonate and engage a classroom of students, a simple repetition of the applicant's resume often fails to impress most interviewers. In both cases, the information, no matter how valuable, must be made relevant to the listener. The easiest way to do that is to relate it in such a way that it somehow becomes related to his or her own desires. In the classroom, a teacher would find out what is important to the students and then show how the concepts of the lesson help those students achieve their goals.

Teacher Job Interview Strategy

In a teacher job interview, the prospective teacher would demonstrate how his or her qualifications and experience would solve the problems the interviewer needs resolved. Naturally, to do this well, the applicant must know what those needs are. A good deal of this information can come in the official documents associated with the teaching position, such as the job description or job advertisement. Much more in-depth and relevant information can be learned from informal, social research, as well.

Before going to the teacher job interview, the prospective applicant should speak with someone who either works or has worked at that school or in the school district. That person can tell the applicant what the school really needs, and what the duties of the new hire will be. If, for example, the school is hiring the new teacher because of the retirement of a teacher who also taught music classes, then it's a safe bet that the school would like to find someone who can take over both classroom work and the music class.

You might learn that the school is looking for someone with another kind of expertise, say technological experience to keep the classroom computers up and running. Once you know this information, you can make sure that you include it into your presentation of skills and experience during the teacher job interview.

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