interview skills - thinking on one's feet

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  1. ravinraven

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    I have an interview tomorrow and I feel it's my last huzzah for finding a teaching job this year.

    I've been reading threads here, various websites, blogs, etc. for interview questions and responses. I never seem to get asked the same one twice or they're ones I didn't encounter in my "research". My weakness as an interviewee is that I'm a reflective person - I have to sit down and think about things for awhile, which there's no time to do during an interview. I read up as much as I can, but it never seems to do much good.

    I'm intelligent, passionate, and thoughtful sort of person, but I feel like I can't clearly articulate my ideas and that costs me the job. I know I have to make these things my own, but I need help.

    Any advice for me?
     
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    Have you ever tried, "that's a great question...let me think about that..." and then think on your toes...thoughtfully and deeply, but quickly.:)
     
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    That's exactly my problem! So I don't have any advice for you, but wanted to wish you the best of luck!
     
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    Go ahead and pause for a moment to think about an answer to a question. Just be sure not to wait too long.
     
  6. ravinraven

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    Maybe the exercise I did this morning helped relax me and clear my mind. I felt good about my responses. There was talk of contacting references, which is a good sign. Not holding my breath, but I feel I did as well as I could have.
     
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    That's a marvelous sign---they generally don't waste the time of references, and more importantly, their own time calling if they aren't[ interested.
     
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    Didn't get the job. Looks like another year of not finding a real teaching position.
     
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    Preschool teacher interview questions

    What are interview questions to ask Preschool teacher?
     
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    Oh, ravin, I'm sorry!!!
     
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    I am so sorry you didn't get the job, ravin. I have the same problem with interviews. I am a better teacher than I am an interviewee.
     
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    Sorry you get the job. I have the same issues with interviewing. I, too, will be subbing again this year.
     
  14. costo

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    You can ref some interview questions as follows:

    Tell me about yourself?
    What are your biggest strengths for Teacher?
    Why did you leave your last job?
    What are your career goals for Teacher?
    What kind of salary would you require to accept the position: Teacher?
    Why should we hire you over the other candidate?
    What is your system for evaluating student work?
    What would be the ideal philosophy of a school for you?
    What have been your most positive teaching experiences?
    Could a student of low academic ability receive a high grade in your classes?

    You can ref more 170 teacher interview questions & answers at: azjobebooks.info/170-teacher-interview-questions or 103 common interview questions and answers.
     

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