Interview at head start

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  1. green78

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    I just got an email about setting up an interview at the local head start. What type of questions should I be prepared to answer? What type of questions should I ask? I really want to be prepared for this interview. I really want to get it.
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  3. smalltowngal

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    Just wanted to say Good luck!
     
  4. green78

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    Thank you!!!
     
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    What is your teaching philosophy?
    What do you like most about working with young children?
    What role do you see parents taking in your classroom?
    What are your strengths/weaknesses?
    Why do you want to work for headstart?
    Give some examples of assessment tools you will use with your students?
    What are your behavioral policies?
    How have your previous experiences prepared you for this position?
    If you were doing a unit on ________, how would you best meet the needs of all the students in your classroom.
    How will you encourage emergent readers?
    Define the role of early childhood education in the lives of low income children?
    What is your ideal teaching setting?
    How would you handle a situation of possible child abuse?
    What are some procedures you can follow to help keep your classroom a healthy environment?
    What do you know about the headstart program?
    What readiness skills will you attempt to teach your students to best prepare them for future school experiences?
    How would you handle a child suffering from parental attachement disorder?


    Some interview tips: Dress professionally. Keep your answer concise and not wordy. Show enthusiasm. Research the program well before hand. Have a few questions of your own prepared in advance to ask them. (I always look at each interview as they are not only interviewing me but I am interviewing them!) Bring examples of unit plans/lesson plans that you have made to share with them. Remember to smile. Have extra copies of your resume, certifications, and recommendation letters with you. It makes you look very professional to have thought ahead in case they need these. Don't come across as desperate. Be confident in your answers. They want someone who can handle themselves in stressful situations.
     
  6. Miss J. Pre-K

    Miss J. Pre-K Comrade

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    CreativeMind had good questions. When I interviewed with HS, they also asked:

    What experiences do you have with children with special needs? How do you feel about working with these kids in the regular classroom?
    How do you work with a paraprofessional/assistant?
    What do you see as the teacher's role? The assistant's role?
    Can you complete paperwork in a timely manner? (paperwork seems very important to HS)
    How do you feel about/do you have experience with home visiting?
    What experience do you have with licensing/state childcare regulations?

    I agree to dress professionally, but in my experience, don't wear a suit/expensive dress to early childhood interviews. They may ask you to go into the classroom to see how you interact with students. A nice pair of dress pants and a blouse seemed sufficient to me. Good luck!
     

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