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Whether you’re going for your first job or moving from one position to another, there are three things you need to have: a portfolio, a resume, and the ability to perform well in an interview. Here are tips and tricks to help you shine.

Interview Tips

You've applied for a teaching job and have been called in for an interview. Now what? Follow these tips to have a successful interview and land a teaching job:

Preparing for the Interview:

  • Wear professional clothing. Remember, the administrator will be assessing your ability to be a role model for students, so look the part.
  • Research the school. Visit the school's website to get information about the school's philosophy, mission, academic programs, extracurricular activities, and more. The more you know about the school and the school district, the more likely you'll be able to ask targeted questions to get an idea of what it's like to work there.
  • Prepare questions to ask. Come with a list of questions to ask the administrator and others interviewing you.
  • Prepare documents to bring. Bring your teacher portfolio as well as an updated cover letter, resume, references, and samples you'd like to leave with the administrator for evaluation.

During the Interview:

  • Arrive 10–15 minutes early. It’s better to sit in the lobby than come rushing in, or, worse, arrive late.
  • Turn off your cell phone. This is critical.
  • Listen carefully. Answer questions using examples based on your experiences in the classroom. If you don't have classroom experience, use relevant examples from other jobs.
  • Ask questions. That way, you’ll show you’ve done your homework and that you’re interested. Plus you’ll get a feel for whether the school would be a good fit.

Concluding the Interview:

  • Express your interest. Make it clear that you want the job.
  • Ask about their hiring plans. It's perfectly okay to ask about their timeframe and when you should expect to hear back.

Following Up:

Write a thank you note. Do this for the administrator and everyone else who interviewed you as soon as possible after your meeting. Whether you’re hired or not, sending a note leaves a good impression. They’ll be more likely to think of you if a different position opens up that’s a good fit.