A job interview for a position as a teacher in a public school or other educational facility geared toward children or youngsters is unlike any other. And it’s worth our time to go over what makes that kind of interview so unique so that you can walk in and land the position you desire and advance your teaching career along the way.
Two topics typically dominate the conversation during an interview for a teaching position. In the first part of the interview, you’ll have to talk about your academic and professional background, as well as your work experience. Bring a well-prepared resume to expedite the resume review portion of the interview. Keep in mind that your resume isn’t going to land you the job. For the school and administrator interviewing you, your resume acts as a skeleton description of your qualifications to be a competent teacher at their school, which in turn helps you acquire the job.
Whether or not you are hired for a teaching post will be determined by your performance in the second part of the interview. And that’s how the interviewer imagines you teaching in one of the classrooms in the building. To get a sense of your teaching style, an administrator will assess your mood and demeanor during the interview.
So tailor your appearance and demeanor to portray the kind of teacher this school administrator wants to hire. First and foremost, consider what you’re going to wear. You don’t want to look like a stern schoolteacher by overdoing it with your formal attire. Observe your teaching attire before your first class with your new supervisor. Choose an outfit that is both visually appealing and professional, so that the school administrator gets the impression that you will have a positive impact on the minds of students at their school.
As we prepare for an interview, we typically worry about how we’ll answer questions. However, it is your facial expressions, the manner you articulate your thoughts, and the excitement you bring to the interview that will be the deciding factor in whether or not you obtain the teaching post. You may not even be aware that these nonverbal aspects of your interview demeanor have an impact on the hiring process. Only via inflection, genuine interest in interviewing and personality can these powerful massages be conveyed.
The interviewer is trying to get answers to a number of questions that he or she is unable to ask out loud. The extent to which you answer these questions properly will have a significant impact on whether or not you are hired for this position. What are some of the questions?
- Is this guy a fan of young people?
- Does this person like the process of learning and sharing knowledge?
- This person may not be a good fit for our school..
- Is this new teacher going to be well-liked by the pupils?
- Is this instructor calm under pressure and capable of dealing with adversity?
- Is this teacher going to adhere to our rules and regulations?
- What do you think of this teacher?
So that I don’t have to go through this interview process again, will this teacher be with us for a long time to come?
Your smile, chuckle, and ability to relax during the interview will answer all of these questions. Our prior tales and the way we share them reveal how much we love teaching and how we naturally bond with students, bringing out the best in one other. Every time you land the job, if you can convey that message during the interview.