The job of Teaching can be fun and a learning experience. both aat the same time. When you get a call for your first teaching job interview many emotions may run down your spine. You feel happy, nervous, elated all at the same time.
Now, it depends on you how you make this opportunity turn into a milestone for your career. Preparing for a teaching interview is more like appearing for an entrance exam. You need to study a lot and be well prepared about the subject which you are going to teach.
It may be a daunting experience for you, but relax! You are not alone. We are with you. Here are few tips which will help you nail your first teaching job interview.
Be yourself : As you are a fresher, don’t pretend to be a super teacher. Be confident and honest in whatever you say and do. Remain calm and composed and answer accordingly. Remember to be polite and professional and make your presence count.
Do your homework : It is advisable to do your homework about the school or college you are applying for. Make sure you have complete knowledge about the institution and you are able to answer all the questions about it. This shows your seriousness and that you are keen to work there.
Preparation : Prepare the subject well you have applied for. Lack of knowledge about the subject may at once ruin your chance of getting the job. Study well about the course and its content. Sleep for at least six hours so that you don’t look tired the next day.
Dress accordingly : Make sure you are not shabbily dressed. You can wear a suit or a sari for your interview. Remember you should look professional.
Salary : Do not discuss money at the first instance. The principal obviously won’t negotiate on the salary grounds. He or she will offer you the amount you deserve and what is being given to the other teachers of your grade.
First class : Be prepared for a demo class. The principal of the school may ask you to demonstrate you teaching skills by giving a lecture to the students. You should know what to teach and how to deliver a lecture.
Be enthusiastic : Show your dedication towards the job. Be enthusiastic and energetic. The job of a teacher is to not only educate but help the students in every possible way.
Good impression : Make your first impression your best impression. Carry your ‘you can do it‘ attitude with you. Arrive 15 minutes early prior to the scheduled time. Be polite and carry a broad smile on your face.
Illustrate with examples : Don’t be vague. Illustrate examples with your answers. You can also share your personal experiences. Follow the policy of listen first and answer next. Put your best foot forward and you can get through the interview easily.
MathsGuru wishes you all a very good luck.
The inputs for this post were taken from Google search and my own experiences.