How To Prepare For a Teacher Interview Successfully

How To Prepare for a Teacher Interview

Are you looking for a teaching position? Are you being interviewed soon? What have you done to prepare for your teacher interview? Teacher interviews can be stressful, but they don’t have to be. If you prepare for your interview ahead of time, you can reduce the level of stress during the interview and increase your chance at getting hired. Follow these tips on how to prepare for a teacher interview successfully, so that you’ll be ready for your interview and get hired.

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Focus On How You Help Students

I started with this tip because it’s the most important. Yes, interview questions are about you the teacher, yet there’s an undertone to each question. At the back of each interviewer’s mind is whether hiring you is the best for their students.

I know this is true because I’ve been on both sides of the interview: I’ve been interviewed as a teacher and have sat on countless numbers of interview committees. With each interview, my number one concern was the students. No matter the conversation, it always came back to students.

So, while answering their questions about yourself, gear your answers about how you help students achieve more. This will put their minds at ease. More than that, it’ll set you apart from other candidates that focus on themselves.

Just be sure to be honest with your focus. If you truly care about student success, it’ll show in everything you do or say. Be yourself, and let your care for students shine through.

Create a Teacher Portfolio

A teacher portfolio exhibits your strengths and your achievements. In addition, it’s a statement of your teaching philosophy. Also, creating your teacher portfolio helps you prepare for teacher interview questions.

For example, you’ll most likely be asked about your classroom management strategies during your interview. By creating a classroom management plan and including it in your portfolio, your prepared for that question.

Make sure that your teacher portfolio is up-to-date. Be selective of what you include. Choose samples that help define how you are as a teacher and how you best help students.

For your interview, bring your portfolio with you. When you’re asked a question that addresses something within your portfolio, ask your interviewer if they’d like to see a sample. Don’t force it on them. Some interviews want to see it; others don’t. Give them the option.

Check out this post for more information on creating a teacher portfolio- Why You Should Collect Teacher Portfolio Samples

Prepare Responses to Possible Questions

Most often, interviewers ask a standard set of questions. Teachers interviews are like other job interviews. It’s only the topic of the questions that make teacher job interviews different.

As to what you’ll be asked, questions cover such topics such as classroom management, teaching strategies, and your experience as a teacher. In addition, your interviewer may ask you questions that are specific to his/her campus. These kinds of questions will concern how you address a specific need or issue on the campus.

Even more, you might want to prepare for scenario specific questions. This type of question makes you share how you would react in a hypothetical situation. Interestingly enough, these hypothetical usually represent an issue that is real for your interviewer.

No matter what type of question your asked, you can guarantee a successful answer by preparing for possible interview questions. Knowing how you will answer ahead of time will help you remain calm and positive. This will allow you to demonstrate your expertise and your concern for the success of prospective students.

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Study Up On Current Trends In Education

Some questions that you may be asked may involve current trends in education. For example, you may be asked how you plan on adapting your teaching methods to accommodate a new law that has been recently been passed. If you don’t know the latest tends, you can’t speak to them.

Not only that, you need to be familiar with the latest buzzwords in the field. This can include being familiar with the latestTrends in Education educational technology or apps. Or, it could involve topics such as differentiated instruction. Being familiar with such information makes you look like a knowledgeable teacher because you’ll be a knowledge teacher.

One final area of discussion that you need to prepare for is special education. It’s an evergreen topic in education.

Following trending educational topics provides the ability to be able to talk with other educators. Not only does this demonstrate your expertise, it also opens up opportunities for making connections with future superiors and colleagues. They’ll see use as a team player and approachable

Learn About The School

Just like you should practice answering questions, you should prepare questions to ask the interviewer. Before going into the interview, you should know something about the school that you’re interested in working for. Most of the information you need can be obtained from the internet: student assessment performance, demographics, and any special considerations that pop up from time to time.

Secondly, you can learn a lot from viewing the school’s website. First of all, you can get a sense of what matters most to the school by looking at the pictures included on the website. People photograph the things they like and not the things that would embarrass them.

Finally, you can learn about a school through it social media accounts. Look at the comments left by parents and other users. Pay attention to what’s being said. Then, measure it against what you see on the school’s website. Doing this will give you a better picture of the climate of the campus.

There’s Not Much on How to Prepare for a Teacher Interview

It’s simply a matter of being prepared. Think of it as preparing for a certain class. You do that, so why can’t you help yourself by preparing for your teacher interview. The more work you do upfront, the smoother your interview go. The smoother the interview goes, and the likelihood of getting hired increases. As you can see, knowing how to prepare for a teacher interview is in your best interest.

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Author: Chris Meche

I'm a teacher that wants to help other teachers grow in their craft. I also want to help parents teach their children to read at home. Reading is more than a hobby; it's my passion.

4 thoughts on “How To Prepare For a Teacher Interview Successfully”

  1. It is a pleasure to have came upon this post and just in the nick of time.
    You have given some outstanding tips that will make the interview process less stresfull.
    I agree that our answers need to be in regard to the students,as they are our reason for teaching.
    Thank you for the example portfolio. It will be a tremendous help as will learning about the school.

    1. You’re welcome. Yes, students are our reason for teaching. It’s sad when I see teachers that are in it for just another position. You can spot them right off the bat- they don’t stay long in one position, or they’re constantly changing the grades and content that they teach. Students need consistency in the classroom.

      As to the teacher interview process, it doesn’t have to be stressful. Being prepared helps lower the stress you feel during the interview process. This in turn helps you present the best image of yourself to your interviewer, which increases your chances of being hired. I honestly believe that if you work harder before the interview, then you’ll have to work less during the interview. I’m lucky enough to have been in the other seat and have interviewed plenty of teacher candidates. The ones that were prepared always impressed me, and more often then not, were given the position. The attention to detail that they devoted to their interview was carried over into their classroom. Through their preparation, I could see an effective teacher at work.

  2. Like so many things in life, we need to prepare! Thank you for this informative post and for linking helpful resources.
    Do you think that dress and appearance play a part in the interview? Are we now free to be ourselves??

    1. Thanks for the comment.
      Honestly, as far as how to dress for an interview, I’d say that business casual is always appropriate. You don’t want to appear under-dressed. On the other hand, shirt and tie may be a bit much.

      Teacher dress code also varies from district to district, so casual dress takes the middle ground. I know of some districts that are allowing more freedom as far as teacher dress code is concerned. Yet, there are still some districts that hang on to antiquated (in my opinion) standards. For example, I know of one school district that still has no visible tattoos for teachers in its policy. Another example is a school that required male teachers to tuck in their shirts, yet the school in the very next town had no such regulation for teachers.

      As a rule, I’d say, “When in doubt, do without.” In other words, unless you know the standards for the school with whom you’re interviewing, go with business casual for the interview. If anything, you’ll impress your interviewer with your attention to your appearance.

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