3 Great Tips for a Successful Teaching Interview

3 Tips for a Successful Teaching Interview

Getting a teaching interview can be a difficult process, so when it's finally time to show off your talents, you want to make sure you are prepared. In this article, I will give you 3 great tips that will help make your teaching interview a success.

Tip 1: Have answers to the first and last interview question ready

It's almost a guarantee that the first question of the teaching interview will be "Tell me about yourself". You should have an answer fully prepared. I suggest that you keep your answer short and to the point. I would limit it to discussion about you in the context of your education and teaching experiences – including your student teaching.

For the final question of the teaching interview, "Do you have any questions for us?", you should also have a very good idea of what you are going to say. Make sure you have a few different questions prepared in case they cover some during the interview process.

Tip 2: Be Confident and Positive

A big mistake many new teachers make during the teaching interview process is that they unknowingly question their own abilities. For example, another common interview question is "What are your weaknesses?". The last thing you want to do here is admit to a weakness! Instead of saying something like "I struggle with classroom management" or "I'm not good at…", you should say something like "I initially struggled with classroom management until I did this" and explain exactly how you went about turning the weakness into one of your strengths. You really want to come across as being extremely confident in every area of your teaching game because you're likely going up against teachers that are, in fact, extremely confident.

Tip 3: Examples, Examples, Examples

During the teaching interview you are going to receive a lot of questions asking you to explain how you will handle a certain situation. You need to act like you have been there and have done that. Instead of explaining how you would handle it, explain how you already have.

For example, if an interviewer asks "How would you use differentiated instruction in your class?", you want to answer with "When I was student teaching, I used differentiated instruction by ...". By using specific examples and relating the questions back to your student teaching experience, you’re showing the interviewers that you're more than just talk.

By following these three tips, you will be well on your way to a successful teaching interview. The secret is preparation.