I just came back from another interview trying to fill our open sped position. School literally starts in a week here and we cannot fill this position because everyone has been interviewing so poorly! It's like each one is worse than the last, and honestly our standards are pretty low at this point. Everyone we've interviewed this year has had the same issue: they're not specific when answering questions. A lot of the people we've interviewed have worked in other teaching assignments and have just gotten their sped degrees, or worked with sped populations other than mild/moderate. We know that they don't have experience in this exact job yet, but you need to answer the question as it relates to the position you are applying for. For example, when asked how they teach literacy, the gen ed teacher only talked about what her classroom looked like and gave no additional information about how she would do things differently in a sped setting. The severe/profound teacher was talking about tube feedings . Many others even with mild/moderate backgrounds are just being so vague that we can't tell if they have any idea what they're talking about. For example, "I ask the teacher what they're working on and then I support that." Today when we asked the candidate about an important professional goal she had, she talked about getting her teaching license ! BTW, this woman had 9 years of teaching experience and the biggest goal she could come up with was getting her license! I am so frustrated with this process right now that I thought I would at least use my annoyance to help others that might still be interviewing. Be specific when answering questions and use examples, even if they are from student teaching or other settings with kids (volunteering, etc.) Make sure you relate your answer back to the position you're interviewing for, even if you don't have any experience yet with that specific grade level or type of position, such as, "This is how it looked when I was teaching 1st grade, but I would do _____ in 5th grade." Also, if anyone wants a sped position in Denver, let me know. At this point you probably don't even need to be certified in sped :lol:.