How to Rock Your Teacher Interview
Are you embarking on that beautiful, rejuvenating journey that is applying for teaching jobs? It’s just like sailing away on a beautiful white sailboat into the sunset, isn’t it? Ha! Just kidding we totally get how stressful it can be! While it may not be the most fun process in the world, there are a few things that you can do to help yourself feel more prepared for your teacher interview and help yourself stand out from the crowd.
Teacher Interview Website
Yep! You read that correctly! You can make a website to showcase your talents. And no, we don’t mean your coding talents - although if you’ve got em, flaunt em! No, we mean to show off your ability to embrace technology, shine a spotlight on your teaching philosophy, and help put your beautiful face to your name! Check out our blog post to learn how you can create a website of your very own!
“I created one when I was interviewing for jobs and it definitely helped me get noticed. I think it was one way that I stood apart from the bunch and helped me get my foot in the door!” - Anna
It just takes time, patience, and sometimes a little creativity to get attention - a website sure does help!
Teacher Interview Portfolio
When you get called to an interview (and don’t worry, you will), make sure you bring a portfolio to show off what you have done and what ideas you have for your new classroom. Include projects you have done with students in the past, any resources that you have created or tweaked to help meet your students' needs, and examples that help paint a clear picture of your teaching style.
A portfolio is a great visual that will help you feel more comfortable talking when you’re being interviewed. Just like those PowerPoints, Keynotes, or Prezi helped give your audience something to look at while you were presenting in front of the class in college/grad school, your portfolio will help you feel more at ease. Your teacher interview portfolio can be a physical binder (there are some really cute binder portfolios out there) or it could be on your website. You could bring along an iPad to refer to and it will help make sure that your website is seen and can help drive the conversation.
Teacher Interview Outfit
Figuring out what to wear to a teacher interview can be a little tricky. But whether you decide you are a suit girl or a just slightly more formal business casual kinda gal, make sure that what you wear to every interview is comfortable, shows your sense of style (you want to look like you, not someone else), shows that you understand how important each interview is and that you are taking it seriously. Every person and school is different so look for a teacher interview outfit that blends your personal style with the school’s.
Best of luck on your job hunt!
Let us know what tips and tricks have worked for you in landing and rocking a teacher interview! Leave us a comment below!