Some of you have asked for a list that might help you on an interview... Do: Send a cover letter/letter of interest to the P once you have an interview and bring extras when you come in for the interview ~ Just in case someone is there that does not have a copy Do: Come dressed in a professional outfit, styled hair, (not too much cologne or perfume), dress shoes, and a BIG smile Do: Come prepared to show your personality. If you sit in the interview and answer questions "correctly" but don't show your personality... you might not win this job. So smile and give a little of yourself. Do: Tell about yourself and a little about your professional and personal life. Do: Find some way to show humor. People like to see that you have a sense of humor. It shows that you are flexible and are able to deal with the little issues that crop up in a positive manner. Do: Try to make the interview a "chat" with a friend. Give little stories about your classroom experiences and use real children in your descriptions of questions they ask. Do: Let them know that you want the position. Give them reasons WHY you are the perfect fit. Not only is your knowledge important, but let them know that you want to be vested in the school and that you have every intention of making the school community a big part of your life. Do: let them know when you are unsure about an answer. Just say, I am not sure about that. But I would be willing to stay late, take classes and read books to be trained. I am not afraid to ask questions and I PROMISE to have many. DON'T: Try to answer a question that you do not understand or do not know the answer to. Just concede that you have some things to learn, but you bring unique experiences that will enable you to quickly adapt and figure out any problem or program. DON'T: Allow the interview to be a round robin question-answer session where you are ping ponging answers, but not really receiving any feedback. Ask questions about the questions they ask. When asked, "How would you handle a child with severe emotional outbursts?" Answer the question, and then ask a question, "What are the procedures in place within your school that teachers follow when a child is having this kind of problem?" DO: Think before you answer a question and try to infuse that humor whenever possible into your answers. Make sure that your answers are knowledgeable and that you have studied up on the district, their programs and the initiatives that the school has in place. DO: Look at the person asking the question, but answer the whole group when you are interviewing. Don't let experience, or lack of experience be a stumbling block. Tell them that your experience will help you to adapt to a new environment quickly and that you work well with others. Or tell them that your newness in the field of education is a bonus because you are willing to stay late, come early, and soak up the experience from teachers that have already been successful on your team. Do: Tell the team that you are excited about being a part of the culture of the school and look forward to helping at PTA Meetings, helping with parent education, and helping with student clubs at the school. Do: SHOW your energy and enthusiasm. DON'T come across as a know it all that cannot be taught new tricks. That is the quickest killer of someone that has experience. When an interviewee comes in and seems very narrow minded about current programs in place and only discusses the programs they had at their former school, the team will wonder about you. PLEASE: PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ADD to these suggestions!!!!