How to Interview for a Teaching Job

Thorough research and preparation will give you the confidence to shine in a teaching job interview. Even if your first interviews don't land you a job, you'll gain valuable experience for the future.

Things You'll Need

  • Personal Organizers
  • Cars
  • Postage Stamps
  • Answering Machines
  • Alarm Clocks
  • Calendars
  • Address Books
  • Envelopes
  • Blank Cassette Tapes
  1. Preparation

    • 1

      Gather printed materials at the school district office. Inquire about district organization, schools, programs, demographics and student achievement. Visit the public library to get information the district does not offer.

    • 2

      Make an appointment to visit a school to familiarize yourself with the curriculum and textbooks, and to observe the overall work environment. Take note of the way teachers are dressed; your choice of interview clothing should show that you'll fit into this group.

    • 3

      Brainstorm and rehearse answers to questions about your area of expertise, educational methodology and philosophy, and familiarity with - and respect for - school district policies. Prepare several specific questions of your own and study the district organization chart to learn important names.

    • 4

      Make a trial run to the district office the day before your interview and organize any documents you may have been asked to bring along, including extra copies of your resume and application.

    The Interview

    • 1

      Expect the district's personnel department to call for an initial screening interview to review your application file for completeness and to make sure you meet minimum hiring requirements.

    • 2

      Save your thorough interview preparation for the second interview with a hiring committee composed of at least one principal, curriculum specialist, and personnel department representative.

    • 3

      Treat the interview as a classroom situation; project your sincere enthusiasm for teaching and pleasure in communicating with others.

    • 4

      Answer questions specifically, using examples from your own teaching experience whenever possible.

    • 5

      Thank the committee before you leave, and write a follow-up letter expressing your continued interest in the position.

Tips & Warnings

  • Delegate and share research tasks and materials with a partner or group of people interviewing in some of the same districts. Partners or groups can also be useful for brainstorming questions and rehearsing answers.
  • Tape (video or audio) your responses to practice questions.
  • Watch the time: most teaching interviews last about 30 minutes.
  • Don't ask about salary - it's determined by degrees earned and years of service, per the district pay schedule.
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