A new job interview can be a stressful time for all involved. The future of both parties is depending on the rapport and the results from a single interview. No doubt, the person doing the interviewing has had some training on the best techniques. Unfortunately, what happens many times is that the interviewer picks the one that is the easiest and quickest and does not take into consideration the quality of the employment he is to be interviewing for.
Sometimes, on an interview for a teaching job, for example, the principal will strictly focus on his own accomplishments and try to compare the person in front of him to what he has done. The focus should be on the job description of the job to be filled and how to match it with the qualifications of the candidate.
The person preparing for the job interview should first familiarize themselves with the school and the curriculum being used for the position he is seeking. He should dress appropriately in fresh, pressed, neutral color clothing. Arrive alone and not too early. It is important to align with the interviewer during the meeting.
The first question might be, Why are you leaving your present position? You can talk about the fact that you are looking to learn more is this new area and add additional responsibility.
They will ask, Tell me about yourself. Chose only the items that will relate to your teaching experience and skills.
Another common question is, Why should we hire you? You can explain the reasons why you feel you and this school would be a good match.
They will ask questions about your performance in the classroom and your philosophy of education. What was your biggest accomplishment in the classroom last year?
This deadly duo gets people every time:
What is your biggest strength? Do not brag. Comment on such things as working efficiently and working well in a team environment.
What is your biggest weakness? Pick something that could be interpreted as a strength.
Another good one is, Where do you see yourself in five years. Include how important this position will be but do not necessarily mention that you will still be working there.
They could ask, Why do you want to teach here. Keep the answer short, talk about your standards and working with a successful school.
If the person conducting the interview is liking the way that you are answering the questions, he will most likely invite a few other people such as the department head or the assistant principal. They will then each take turns asking you some questions. Look at the person who is asking directly. I would be appropriate to ask them a few questions as well, but do not drill them with too many. Avoid any that have to do with salary or vacation time.
Be sure to thank them, shake hands with eye contact when leaving. Send a thank you note out the same day. Include a few words about your teaching abilities, organizational skills and why you feel you are the perfect fit for this job.