I'm new so bear with me.... I just had my first 2nd interview (If that makes sense) and I got the call yesterday that I didn't get the position. I thought it should have been mine since I student taught there last semester and knew all the teachers on the committee. He said they gave it to someone who had experience and that was the deciding factor. How does one get experience if they won't hire because they don't have experience? My resume is nothing impressive. I am 25 years old and have young girls (4 and 4 months). I haven't had time to do much with working full time and going to school full time with a family at home. I am unemployed now and looking for a job. Does this matter? Should I try to volunteer? Should I find a job that works with children? (Daycare, subbing, library, teachers aid)? What do I do to make myself stand out? I had a portfolio, but didn't use it during my interview. I was thinking of slimming it down and making copies to hand to them. I thought this might help and putting specific information in it. Maybe this will help answer questions. I am better at thinking and writing my responses rather than verbally responding. I could also use some feedback on some of the questions. 1. How do you form relationships with staff members? 2. Who do you need to talk to in order to do your job? 3. How do you meet the needs of all your students? 4. Describe your ideal classroom? 5. What assessment tools do you use and how do you use them? 6. How do you use technology in the classroom? 7. How do you decrease classroom interuptions? 8. How do you handle consistent behavior issues? 9. Communication with parents? 10. Your 3rd grade students are reading at a 1st grade level and a 3rd grade level, how do you teach them? SOrry so long, but any advice would help. I'm really starting to be down on myself and think I'm not good enough. Continous rejection sure has a way of dampening your spirits.