Get a Teaching Job: Interview Advice

We’ve all been there: The nervewracking teaching job interview, filled with tough interview questions for teachers that are designed to weed out potential non-fits for the job at hand.

But today on, frequent contributing writer Jordan Catapano, himself a seasoned English teacher in the Chicago suburbs, shines a light on some helpful interview advice for educators everywhere, including basics like:

·      Smile. Be happy.
·      Shake hands with everyone – especially everyone in the room who will be conducting the interview. Squeeze firmly, and make eye contact when you do it.
·      Arrive early. This might require you to find out exactly where the school is beforehand. Anticipate traffic and driving time. Do NOT get there late, or even “On time.”

Jordan also include some practical advice for job interviewees and job seekers. These tips include:

Research the school
Be a team player
Demonstrate your learning and connectedness
And more!

Lastly, Jordan lists out some common interview questions for teachers, including:

·      What have you done that shows initiative?
·      Give an example of a major problem you faced and how you solved it.
·      If you were to get the job, what are the first three things you would do to make yourself the best teacher?

Jordan sums up his article thusly, noting that during an interview, a school administrator might try: “To find your digital footprint. Do you have a digital footprint? Do you need to clean it up and make it more presentable? It’s practically a given that a prospective employer will search for your digital presence – make sure what they find is flattering!

What questions do you have about a teaching interview? Or what advice would you give to others? Share your thoughts with our community!