The End is Only the Beginning –
Let the Job Hunt Begin
Interviewers Want to Know...
…how well you meet the requirements of the
teaching profession (KSAs).
...how interested you are in teaching.
...how well you will “fit” within the school culture.
...what the advantages are of hiring you over
…how ready you are to teach
Interviewees Want to Know...
…how well the position and school board
suit my needs and goals.
…what the employer has to offer me.
…what the advantages are of working for
this school board as opposed to others.
…if my training has prepared me to teach in
this school division
Success in an interview depends
…your knowledge about yourself,
especially your skills and interests
related to teaching (study your portfolio)
…your knowledge of the position and
…your understanding of why you are
suited to the teaching position.
…your interview skills.
Some Skills Required for Teaching
Preparing for the Interview
Start with a self-assessment
Learn as much as you can about the position
skills and qualifications required
Learn as much as you can about the
Reflect on what you know about yourself as a
teacher and a learner
Researching School Boards
The size and location of the school district.
The mission/vision statement, goals and
objectives of the school board.
Unique features of the school district and the
specific schools within the district.
Regulations and policies within the district.
Any major challenges/issues the school district
currently may face.
Create a Wordle from their website
More Interview Preparation Tips
Compare what you know about yourself with what
you know about the position and organization
Prepare some questions to ask
Practice, practice, practice
Find out as much as you can about the interviewers
and interview process
Review the application you submitted for the position
and your teaching portfolio
Still More Interview Preparation Tips
Get your “interview kit” ready
Pad of paper and a pen/pencil
Name and phone number of the interviewer
in case you’re delayed
List of questions to ask the interviewer
Copy of your application documents
List of references and copies of reference
letters to give at the interview.
Get a good night’s sleep and eat
something about an hour before the
Stages of the Interview
Opening the Interview
Exchange of Information
Closing the Interview
Opening the Interview
Making a Favourable First Impression
Look clean and well groomed.
Greet the interviewer(s) with enthusiasm.
Smile and be friendly to everyone.
Make eye contact.
Don’t be afraid to make small talk.
Dress for Success: What not to wear? What to
wear for men ? And women?
Exchange of Information
Be prepared to ask questions as
well as provide answers to the
Be aware of non-verbal
What does your body language and voice
tell the interviewer?
What does the interviewers’ body
language tell you?
Some Sure Signs the Interviewer’s
Attention is Wandering
hands playing with
eyes down or glazed
looking at watch/clock
lying back in chair
legs repeatedly changing
picking lint off clothes
picking lint off your
clothes (do something
The Student Guide to Job
Hunting by Francois Cote)
questions are pre-determined
all applicants are asked the same
questions tend to be specific
each applicant may be asked different
questions depending on the direction
of the interview which is not predetermined
questions tend to be broad, general
Directive Interview Question
The interviewer determines the
focus of your answer.
“What principles do you use to motivate
“What additional subjects, apart from
your area of specialization, would
you feel confident to teach and at
Non-Directive Interview Question
You determine the focus of your answer.
“Tell me about yourself.”
Hypothetical Interview Question
The interviewer describes a situation
and asks how you WOULD react if in
a similar situation.
“Suppose you are meeting with a parent
who is very upset about his/her son’s marks.
How would you handle this situation?”
“What would you do if you found that your
ideas and those of your principal differed?
Behaviour Descriptive Interview
The interviewer asks what you DID do in a
specific type of situation.
“Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with a
student with behavioral problems. How did you help
to resolve it? What did you learn?”
Stress Interview Question
The interviewer intentionally introduces stress
into the interview to see how well you react
“If you could be any animal, what animal would you
be and why?”
Answering Interview Questions
Think first, answer second
Ask for clarification if necessary
Focus on your skills and
Provide specific examples.
Draw on work and non-work related
Turn negatives into positives
Demonstrate good communication
Closing the Interview
Ask questions you have prepared that were
not answered during the course of the
Summarize your most relevant skills and
Find out what happens next
Thank the interviewer(s)
Leaving a Positive
If invited to ask questions, do so but
refrain from asking questions
that have already been answered
that could be answered with a little
about salary and benefits
Summarize your relevant skills and
qualities (e.g. visual summary sheet)
Remain upbeat from beginning to end
Drop off a thank you card or note the
day after the interview
If two applicants were equal in
education and experience, what traits
would influence you to hire one over
Ability to get along with others
Negative Factors Leading to Rejection
Poor personal appearance
Overbearing, overaggressive, conceited
Inability to express oneself clearly
Lack of planning/vision for career
Lack of interest and enthusiasm, passive
Lack of confident and poise, nervousness
Failure to participate in activities
Overemphasis on money
Poor scholastic record
Unwilling to start at the bottom
Lack of tact
Lack of maturity
Lack of courtesy, poor manners
Condemnation of past employers
Dislike for school work
Fails to look interviewer in the eye
Limp, fishy hand-shake
Unhappy personal life
Friction with other people
Sloppy application form
Cover letter/resume with errors
Merely shopping around attitude
Picky – wants job only for a short time
Little sense of humor
Impatient, doesn’t want as directed
Arrives late or “just on time”
Bad breath (e.g. smokers beware)
Multiple piercings, tatoos
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