Many of the common questions interviewers ask are included in this section. No two interviews or interviewers will be alike. Questions generally take three forms, situational which asks an applicant to respond to a given situation; observational where an applicant is asked to reflect upon the actions of a third party or conceptual where an applicant is asked about their personal philosophy or future goals. However, you should be prepared to answer the following questions in any interview.
The Teacher Perceiver Process is based on a twenty-year study of teachers who stimulate students' learning. The process begins with a person who is concerned about identifying teachers who will truly be helpful to students. This person is referred to as the Teacher Perceiver Specialist. All questions are used with each candidate and the questions are asked in a prescribed manner. The Teacher Perceiver Specialist is encouraged to tape record the interview that takes approximately 45 minutes.
At some point in the interview, usually at the end, the interviewer will ask if you have any questions. You should plan your questions in advance of the interview and perhaps write them down on index cards or a note pad to take with you. Prepare more questions than you will be able to ask, assuming that some of them will be answered during the interview. The following is a list of questions you may want to consider asking:
On-Campus InterviewOn-campus interviews provide candidates the opportunity to interview with employers on campus in facilities provided by Career Services. On-campus interviews usually take place during fall and spring semesters. The on-campus interview schedule is posted in Career Services and on the Career Services homepage. The schedule can change frequently during the semester and is usually updated each week. Information on employers interviewing on campus is available in Career Services. Web Registration is recommended for participation in On-Campus Interviews.Employers use on-campus interviews, which typically last one-half hour, as a way to narrow the field of candidates for a position. Employers may also hold mandatory information sessions before the interview (often the night before in a location on campus). After on-campus interviews, employers then may choose to invite some candidates for on-site interviews.
Telephone InterviewSometimes your initial contact will be a telephone interview. Often the employer uses a phone interview to narrow the selection of candidates. The employer usually schedules these phone interviews in advance. When receiving a phone call, if you are busy or need time to collect your thoughts, it is acceptable to tell the potential employer that you will return the call at a more convenient time. Then set up a time when you will return the call or they can call you. This gives you time to reread your letter of application, formulate questions to ask, and review material on the organization.A telephone interview is difficult because you cannot see the interviewer's nonverbal responses. Remember that it is equally difficult for the interviewer. Use your voice to indicate enthusiasm. If you are still interested in the position, reaffirm this point with the interviewer and indicate you would welcome the opportunity for an on-site interview.Second Interview/On-siteYou may be invited to visit the organization for your initial interview or as a follow-up after a phone or on-campus interview if they are considering your candidacy. This visit is the pivotal point in the hiring process. One reason for inviting you is to introduce you to the supervisors and other employees in the department. A number of individuals, most of who will be working in your field of specialization, will probably be involved in the interview. (See Panel Interviews). They will evaluate your abilities, professional competence, and personality. Keep in mind that this type of interview will vary from organization to organization.Prior to going to an on-site interview, ask for a copy of your itinerary. Double-check correspondence, travel and lodging arrangements and directions before leaving for your interview. Write down the name of the person(s) with whom you spoke. If the employer does not mention reimbursement for travel expenses, inquire beforehand to eliminate any misunderstanding. Most school districts and nonprofit organizations do not pay for travel expenses.Many of the questions asked in the initial interview will be repeated during the second interview. Several different interviewers may ask you to review your background and explain your interest in their organization. You will probably meet with your liaison at the end of your interview schedule. Give your impressions of the day and expect some feedback on your progress. Quite often you will tour the facilities. If a tour is not included and you would like one, ask. Sometimes you will be given a tour of the community and housing possibilities. Some employers will administer tests- psychological, aptitude, etc., during your visit. If you are still interested in the job at the end of the interview, let the interviewer know. Explain what impressed you and why, and state that you are hoping for a favorable reply.Panel or Committee InterviewPanel interviews are used in many organizations in order to make more effective hiring decisions and save supervisors' time. Panels may consist of three or more interviewers from throughout the organization with which you are interviewing. Panel interviews are an opportunity to get to know and impress several people at one time, avoiding the stress of several separate interviews. Not all members of these panels are evaluating your qualifications to perform the job; some are evaluating your interest in the organization. In a panel interview, it is important that you involve all of the interviewers in each answer. Try to avoid addressing your answer only to the individual that asked the question.
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