After an interview today that I don't feel went particularly well, I'm just not feeling very optimistic. I need to have a job for the fall, and grad school just isn't an option right now. I just graduated college, so I don't have any experience in a classroom of my own. I was wondering if any of you have any suggestions of things that I could do to improve my chances of getting a job. Any books I could read or anything?
i would suggest applying for substitute or Teacher aide positions. Sometimes its not enough to have a degree, you have to make connections and get your foot in the door by serving a few years in a position you may not love, but will give you teaching experience so that you can apply and get a teaching position.
It was 24 interviews before I landed my current job. (Interview 11 also landed a one year position) Generally I found there to be two waves of interviewing/hiring. The first as school is letting out and resignations are becoming official, and the second a few weeks before school starts when principals return to find additional staff members have resigned. The good news is that second wave of hiring is still a month or two away. Also, having gotten multiple interviews is very encouraging. The bad news is there is likely to be a drop-off in hiring activity soon. Don't despair, lots more hiring is still ahead.
research the school you are applying to and have some questions specific to the school. Read their school improvement plan, teacher handbook, student handbook, etc. any news article about the school: if their team won an award for sports, academics, etc.
I did have one question for them about the BYOD program there that I had read about online, and they seemed impressed by that. BUT the principal texted me last night and asked me to come in today to meet the fifth grade team, so I guess it didn't go as badly as I thought!
Sometimes I read here about teachers who got offered every job they applied for. That wasn't me. Despite the fact that I have multiple certifications and I have been told I interview well, there was tremendous competition and it definitely took awhile.
Good luck with meeting the team. I hope it goes well.