Top 5 Interview Tips For Teachers

Rick Bowman - Wednesday, January 02, 2013
For many people, interviews are a traumatic experience! They feel a tremendous amount of pressure before and during the interview. Here are five interview tips that will give you the confidence you need to perform well in any interview situation.

1.       Research the school

Researching the school will give you some insight into what they are looking for in an applicant. This will allow you to write an attention-grabbing professional resume as well as being better prepared for answering the questions at interview.

2.       Write down your answers to interview questions

As part of predicting what the interviewer will ask you during the interview, it is recommended to write down your response to their questions. Practicing your response to an interview question by doing a mock interview can help boost your confidence in an interview.  Have 5-6 good “stories” or examples of achievements ready to tell. Always answer a question with a story.

3.       Prepare for the day of the interview

As any other important day, you should be prepared at least a day before the interview. This includes knowing the most convenient route to take to the appointed address, and where you will park.

4.       Make a good first impression

What you wear will give the interviewer your level of professionalism and how serious you are at getting the job. You clothes should be formal and conservative to give a positive impression. Always dress at least to the level of the position to which you aspire, and most importantly, dress comfortably.

5.       Act confidently during the interview

An interviewer will assess your gestures and responses during the interview. When answering any interview question, always smile and look directly at the interviewer and where possible, use their (Christian) name.  Vary your eye contact around the group, not focusing on the same person all through your response. After the interviewer is finished asking you questions, take the opportunity to ask them questions regarding the job and the school to let them know you have taken the time to research the position. Consider also leaving them with something like a sample  of a program you’ve created.

If you need professional help in writing a teaching resume and advice in preparing for an interview, consider Teachers’ Professional Resumes to help you achieve the job position you want. Visit their website for more information.

 Rick Bowman

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