Congratulations! You’ve landed that coveted teacher
interview. Now it is extremely important that you impress in your interview and
large part of that is coming prepared.
Items to bring:
Copies of your current
resume: If you need to distribute them to the panel, you should have
enough to do this. Most likely they will have a copy, but they may be
testing your to see if you are prepared.
Copies of your letter of
intent/cover letter: This should be brought alongside your copies of your
resume in case the interview panel doesn’t have a copy with them.
Copies of your Philosophy
of Education Statement: Again, although you may have submitted this with
the rest of your application package, it is always good to come prepared
with extra copies. Even if you have handed it in, the interviewer may ask
you for an extra copy or may ask you a question regarding your philosophy
so it may be handy to have a copy handy to site in your answers.
Copies of degrees,
transcripts, licenses, and certifications: This is a very important group
of documents to bring with you to the interview. You need to be able to
back up all the claims you make in your resume regarding your education
and qualifications. Even if you photocopied these and sent them through
email, hiring managers may want to see them in the flesh to ensure that
they are indeed authentic. It is also always better to be seen as
proactive in these instances.
A listing of professional
development courses taken: If these were not included in your resume you
definitely need to bring this information with you to the interview. You
want to be able show the interview panel your latest accomplishments in
your professional development and show that you are dedicated toward
remaining current in the teaching profession.
to confirm awards or honors earned: As with the copies of your degrees and
other qualifications, you need to back up the authenticity of any awards
or honors you’ve stated that you’ve earned in your resume.
Copies of letters of
recommendation: You should bring two or three great letters of
recommendation if you have them. Letters from supervisors, cooperating
teachers, and principals are all good choices. The more specific they are
in covering your instructional techniques, creativity, collegiality, and
classroom climate the better.
Copies of References: This
is the time that the hiring manager will request your references
information. Have your typed up sheet ready with extra copies in case the
panel requests copies for each of them. As always, ensure that your
reference information is correct and up-to-date that your references have
approved being used.
Your teaching portfolio: If
you have one, bring it. Don’t bring it if they specifically stated on the
phone or in a confirmation letter that portfolios are not allowed. Try to
avoid jamming your portfolio full of examples. It should contain just a
few of your best samples of lessons and student work. What you choose to
include reflects what you think is important.
A Can-do attitude: It may
sound cliché, but you cannot forget to bring your enthusiasm and positive
attitude with you to the interview. Your energy, vitality, and passion
about teaching need to be clearly evident in your attitude. Principals are
looking for teachers with self-confidence and enthusiasm; someone who they
can trust with a room full of students.
Candace Davies, President of A+ Resumes for Teachers, is a Certified Resume Writer, Interview Coach Strategist, and Author of 9 popular educational job search eBooks. She is dedicated to assisting teachers, administrators and other education professionals to advance their careers quickly, easily and with less stress. Visit her website athttp://resumes-for-teachers.com/a/main.htm or sign up to receive FREE weekly teaching job search tips, interview questions and answers, and other priceless career advice: http://resumes-for-teachers.com/a/sign-up.htm