First interview in 5 years-- yikes!

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  1. OhioTeacher216

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    Hi! On Thursday, I have my first interview in five years for a middle school position intervention specialist position. I LOVE middle school. I asked the director what I should bring to the interview-- and she said nothing as they have all they need (my cover letter and resume). However, is there anything I should bring? A lot of my school stuff that I use is currently at the building under lock and key :(

    My second question is: are there specific questions I should ask? I am so out of the loop!!!!

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    I'd ask about the specifics about the position. Are you expected to do pull-out / push in? Will you be co-teaching? You might also look for the district's vision / mission statements so you can discuss your alignment with their ideas.
     
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    Hi! I do have those questions written down as well as how many students are typically on a caseload. I will take a look into their vision/mission statements. I do not want to be under prepared, although I feel that way now!
     
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    I would be prepared to tell them how you would use data in an interventionist role, as well as how you collaborate and communicate with others. I would be prepared to talk about how you build relationships and motivate students in middle school, especially struggling students.

    I would make sure that you frame your questions to them in a way that puts you in a good light. Instead of asking specific questions on the number of students or instructional model, ask a broad question such as "What does a typical day look like for this role?" You might also ask about initiatives they are implementing in the building and about what collaboration between staff looks like. The worst thing you can do is give great answers to their questions but then ruin your chances by asking them petty questions. Remember that you can always find out more later, after they have decided that they want you. Make them want you by asking impressive, open-minded questions, even if those aren't the top questions that you are wondering about.

    Don't bring anything else with you. They probably won't have time to look at it anyway. Just be prepared with your questions and potential responses to their questions.
     
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    Thank you for the feedback! I have been practicing for responses that I know that may trip me up-- for example, technology. We did not have 1:1 technology or really have access to technology besides for testing. Thus, I've been working on putting a positive spin on something that may not be in my favor.
     
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    In my experience, technology doesn't come up very often in interviews. At this point, it's just assumed that people will be comfortable with learning new technologies. I would not put much effort into preparing for that type of question if I were you.
     
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    Good point-- since this is for a special education position, I've been brushing up on some of the skills/lingo such as RTI, etc. just in case those come up.

    Side note-- I've also picked out and tried on my object as I do not think yoga pants and an oversized sweatshirt will be an acceptable outfit ;)
     
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    Follow-up:

    Had my interview today. I got stumped on two questions, which I think I did okay. The interviewers asked me to look at MAP data and asked what IEP goals I would make-- I think I did okay with that.

    After they were done asking me questions, the assistant principal and principal of the building asked me questions such as, 'how would your co-teachers describe you' or 'tell me more about this'. They were impressed I had knowledge with LLI and the math program they were purchasing as my district has been using it for a few years now.

    Afterwards, I talked to a friend of mine who works in the district (I did not name drop him during the interview), and he messaged them saying, "I heard you interviewed X today". Their response was, "she was very good-- peppy and positive". I am hoping that goes in my favor.
     
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    Fingers and toes crossed for you!
     
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    Thanks! They did call back yesterday-- and asked for a different person than my name :/ They said they would do two groups of interviews, so :( :(
     

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