Saturday, 9 October 2010

Job Interview Tips for Education

An interview is one of the most important parts of just about any job search. For jobs like education, which require working with a large number of people, including co-workers and students, a one-on-one interview is usually the best way to tell if someone who looks good on paper is the right candidate for the position.There are a number of tips that can help you distinguish yourself from other applicants.

      General Interview Skills
   1. Everyone can benefit from learning a little about interview skills. For instance, not everyone knows how to dress to an appropriate level of professionalism and express themselves clearly and effectively in speaking. Simply having good general interview skills like keeping direct eye contact, occasionally smiling and answering questions directly and without a lot of hesitation can distinguish a person above other, less interview-savvy applicants. The ideal interviewee is generally serious, but friendly and adjusts his or her voice and attire to the specific position to which he or she is applying .
      Avoiding Generalizations
   2. Very often in the course of an education interview, the applicant is asked a question about any additional qualifications they may have. A common pitfall is listing general characteristics, like being friendly and good with people over more specific ones, like remaining calm in a crisis and being able to say something several different ways. Employers want to get a sense of how a person will fit into their school, and listing qualities that would be helpful to have in the specific position being applied for is a good way to distinguish yourself. Use examples of other educational situations you believe are relevant, whether in setting, occurrence or type of student. Avoid making general statements about how the school operates, as each administration works differently and tends to pride itself on those subtle differences.
      Appearing Interested
   3. Perhaps the most important interviewing skill for anyone going into education to master is asking relevant questions to appear interested in the school and its student body. Many people do not realize the importance of having good questions to ask the interviewer. In fact, if two teachers are equally qualified, the job will usually be given to the one who seems more interested in the position. Employers like to know that potential workers recognize the subtle, but important, differences between educational environments and tend to hire the person who appears most interested in figuring out these differences for themselves. Questions about student demographics, curriculum and school policies are often highly relevant and display to a potential employer that the interviewee is engaged and interested in the institution.

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