Going for an interview in education is an exciting endeavor! It can also bring up some anxiety as you wonder what to expect from the experience.
As someone who has completed an interview in education for countless teachers and administrators in various districts, I can tell you that there are certain trends that appear in most interview situations. The tips I share in this post are from my own personal experience in partnering with a wide variety of schools with different needs.
The following three sections describe an effective system for nailing your interview in education!
First, you’ll want to do your research on interviewing for a position in education. Research the district, school, and grade level you’re applying for. Then, research the general flow of interviews for positions in education.
I suggest reading the following two blog posts for some quick interview advice:
Gathering interview intel will take the anxiety out of the equation. You will be well versed for how the interview will play out and will be armed with stellar interview tips!
Prepare for the Edu-Interview
Second, it is time to begin the preparation phase for the specific position you are applying for. Follow the steps below:
- Review common and potential interview questions
- Think through your own responses
- Revise and repetitively practice your answers
By following the steps above, you will speak intelligently, purposefully and with confidence during your live interview in education.
Grab common questions, tips and planning guides below:
- Video + Printable Resource: Preparing for an Education Interview Video + Printable Resource
- Video: Keys to Effectively Interviewing for a Position in Education
- Specific Questions for a Teacher Leader, Veteran Teacher or New Teacher (or grab all the planning guides here)
Get Personalized Support
Lastly, after researching and preparing, it is time to get personalized feedback. By practicing with a veteran educator and interviewer, you’ll receive ideas for adjustments to your approach and prepared answers to common questions. This will set you up for the greatest success! Nervousness will subside, your confidence will shine, and you will be able to showcase your best self.
Two options to get personalized support include:
- Professional Document & Review Feedback – Get feedback on your professional documents like cover letter, resume, curriculum vitae, etc.
- Edu-Interview Practice & Feedback– Get feedback on your responses to common interview questions, confidence and demeanor, as well as overall presentation during a mock interview.
Best of luck… You’ll do GREAT!
What tips would you suggest for educators to nail their interview?