You’ve heard all sorts of advice about what to do, going into your teacher job interview. Arrive on time, shake hands, dress for success, maintain eye contact, and always smile. But what about the things you shouldn’t do?
Some errors, of course, are unavoidable. But, it only takes a few mistakes to completely ruin a first impression and end a career promising interview. Here are a some common mistakes that can be easily avoided.
What Are Some Mistakes to Avoid:
1. Discussing money too often. It is perfectly ok to discuss salary requirements with the position. However, if you focus too much on the salary, the interviewer is going to think you care only about the money. No one expects you to work for free, so save your salary related questions until the end of the interview.
2. Answering the interviewer’s questions with only yes or no. A really bad way to make a first impression is to quickly answer every question with a yes or no. In education especially, the interviewer is looking to see how you think, how you can explain yourself, and how you can resolve issues. You can keep your answers brief, but make sure to answer them thoroughly.
3. Acting standoffish to the interviewer. In a teacher job interview, the interviewer quickly assesses how you will be as a teacher. So, if you are being defensive in some interview questions, most likely you will carry this into your own classroom. Give them the impression instead that you are open, honest, and friendly.
Above all, make sure to be courteous and respectful of the interviewer, the position you are applying for, and the interview itself. By doing this, you can make sure your teacher job interview is a resounding success.