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Interviewing 101

This session will cover the basics of interviewing and how to set yourself apart from other teacher candidates. Learn great interviewing techniques through role-playing and hands-on activities that will help you land that job!

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Making the Grade in YOUR Job
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A Teacher’s Guide to Career Success


            Interviewing 101:
    Tips and Strategies for Landing that Job

                          Presented by: Bethany Bagley
                 College of Education Career Consultant
Interviewing
Fundamentals
On average, it takes
    an interviewer
less than 4 minutes
 to make a decision
 about a candidate.
In 95% of cases
  the decision that is
          made
in the first few minutes
     did not change
       by the end
    of the interview.
Interviewing Fundamentals:
What do School Administrators Look for?

 Content (WHAT you say):
       Clearly articulate career goals
       Demonstrate knowledge of profession
       Use specific examples, success stories
       Prepare great questions to ask

 Style (HOW you say it):
       Delivery and mannerisms
       First impressions
How to Prepare
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Interviewing 101

  • 1. Making the Grade in YOUR Job Search: A Teacher’s Guide to Career Success Interviewing 101: Tips and Strategies for Landing that Job Presented by: Bethany Bagley College of Education Career Consultant
  • 3. On average, it takes an interviewer less than 4 minutes to make a decision about a candidate.
  • 4. In 95% of cases the decision that is made in the first few minutes did not change by the end of the interview.
  • 5. Interviewing Fundamentals: What do School Administrators Look for? Content (WHAT you say):  Clearly articulate career goals  Demonstrate knowledge of profession  Use specific examples, success stories  Prepare great questions to ask Style (HOW you say it):  Delivery and mannerisms  First impressions
  • 7. How to Prepare  Know yourself  Know the school  Know the fit
  • 8. Know Yourself: Be Able to Identify & Market your Skills  Communication  Problem-solver  Leadership  Organizational  Technology  Vision/Goal Oriented  Innovative  Motivation/Initiative  Teamwork  Creativity
  • 9. Know the School: Resources for Research  GA Dept. of Education  School District Website  Community Information  Volunteering/Networking  Informational Interviews  Internet Search
  • 10. Know the School: Resources for Research  Demographics  Vision  Belief Statements  Instructional Departments  Accomplishments  Mission  Future Goals
  • 11. Making a Successful 1st Impression
  • 12. Let’s Start with the Basics: S.E.N.T.  Smile  Eye Contact  Name  Touch  Handshake
  • 13. Measures of Evaluation: First Impressions  Posture / Body Language  Enthusiasm & Energy  Professional Attire
  • 14. More than 70% of your first impression is based on appearance.
  • 15. Based on 1st impression, who would you buy a car from: This guy? This guy?
  • 16. Based on 1st impression, who would you hire?
  • 17. Candidate A: Candidate B:
  • 18. Candidate A: Candidate B:
  • 19. Professional Attire: Women Men  Professional blouse  Professional business  Business suit suit (slacks/dress/skirt)  White button down shirt  Closed-toed dress shoes (or other muted colors)  Conservative jewelry  Conservative tie  Conservative hairstyle  Dark slacks  Subtle perfume or none  Dark dress shoes  Conservative hairstyle
  • 20. Professional Attire: Dress for Success  Business Professional vs. Business Casual  Suit Colors: Black, Navy, Charcoal Grey
  • 21. Questions to Expect
  • 22. Traditional Interview Questions  Tell me about yourself.  What are your career goals?  What are your strengths (and weaknesses)?  How did you choose UGA? Your major?  Why should we hire you? Answers:  Keep answer under 2 minutes.
  • 23. How to Answer Questions  Givespecific past examples/situations that reflect your accomplishments or portray you in a positive light  Provideexamples of your greatest strengths and skill set  Research the district and school
  • 24. Behavioral-Based Questions  Describe a time when….  Tell me about a time when…  Give me an example when… How to Answer ?
  • 25. STAR Approach S T R A S- Describe the situation in which you were involved. T- Describe the task to be performed. A- What action did you take? R- What was the result of your action?
  • 26. Teaching-Specific Questions  Why do you want to teach?  What can you contribute to our school?  Why do you think you will be a successful teacher?  What are the qualities of an excellent teacher? Which of these qualities do you have?  Describe your student teaching experience. What was your biggest problem? How did you resolve it?  How do you handle curricular content in classes with many levels of ability?  What have you learned from your student teaching experience?  What do you believe your role and obligations to be toward other faculty?
  • 27. Teaching-Specific Questions  What techniques do you use in developing rapport with students?  What procedures work best for you in maintaining discipline?  How would you individualize instruction in your classroom?  Describe the role of the teacher in the learning process.  What do you consider to be an ideal learning environment?  How do you feel about team teaching?  Why did you choose your particular area of preparation?  What is the role of the school system in today’s society?  What grade level do you feel most competent teaching? Why?  What out-of-school experiences have you had working with children?  What would you do if....? (hypothetical situations in the classroom)
  • 29. Tell me about a course, work experience, or extracurricular activity in which you had to work closely with others. How did it go? How did you overcome any difficulties?
  • 30. What is your greatest strength and weakness?
  • 31. Tell me about the most challenging experience you had during student teaching? What did you learn because of that experience?
  • 32. Tell me about a time when you exceeded your title’s expectation to complete a job or task.
  • 33. Questions to Ask and NOT to Ask
  • 34. Questions to Ask  Description of school district as per staff size, enrollment, etc.  Professional growth requirements in the district, i.e., continuing education hours.  How are parental contacts handled?  How active is the P.T.O.? What does P.T.O. spend money on? How do teachers handle needs from P.T.O.? Does P.T.O. have a major project each year?  What extra duties are expected of teachers (i.e., bus duty, car duty, lunch duty, etc.)?  Are there any new “programs” (school-wide or grade-level) that are new or unique to the school? How long have they been in place? Are any being looked at as future possibilities?  When can I expect to hear from you?
  • 35. Prohibited Employment Policies/Practices  Race  National Origin  Color  Age (40 or older)  Religion  Disability  Sex (including  Genetic pregnancy) information
  • 36. How to Conclude the Interview
  • 37. How to Conclude the Interview  Reiterate your interest in the school  Determine appropriate follow-up  Get contact information from interviewers  Write thank-you notes within 24 hours  Formal vs. Informal (fine stationary vs. email)  Remind administrators of conversation highlights
  • 39. School Districts Speak Out! What is the biggest no-no in an interview?  “apathy, lack of flexibility”  “Not being professional in every way - dress, manner, presentation, knowledge.”  “Not dressing appropriately, looking around for others in the room while an interviewer is talking to them, and having a sloppy copy of their resume. You are looking for the small things knowing that if they take care of the small things, they will take care of the larger issues they will face on the job.”  “Poor dress or language skills”  “To show up late and/or unprepared”
  • 40. TOP 10 INTERVIEW TIPS 1. Research the school and the program. 2. Arrive 10-15 minutes early. 3. Dress for success. 4. Have a firm handshake and display confidence. 5. Use body language to show interest. 6. Listen. 7. Bring extra copies of your resume. 8. Have questions prepared ahead of time. 9. Ask about the next step in the process. 10. Thank the interviewers and follow-up with thank-you notes/emails to each interviewer.
  • 41. Get Practice! Schedule an appointment for a mock interview Call 706.542.3375 www.career.uga.edu
  • 43. Come visit me at the Career Center! To make an appointment call 706-542-3375 OR Visit Satellite Hours in Aderhold 124N every Tuesday from 3:00pm- 5:00pm OR Visit Walk-Ins Hours Available everyday in Clark Howell Hall from 12:00pm-2:00pm