Interview Thursday! What to Bring?

Discussion in 'Job Seekers' started by Sagette, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. Sagette

    Sagette Companion

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2007
    Messages:
    222
    Likes Received:
    0

    Nov 30, 2009

    Interview Thursday! What to Bring? Update

    I will have extra copies of my resume and references and my portfolio.
    Am I missing anything?

    This is my first interview outside the district I've been working in since graduating so I'm really nervous :)
     
  2.  
  3. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2001
    Messages:
    24,958
    Likes Received:
    2,114

    Nov 30, 2009

    Bring your enthusiasm and passion for this profession.
     
  4. love2read

    love2read Rookie

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2009
    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    0

    Nov 30, 2009

    Congrats on getting an interview!! That's all I brought with me on my interview...along with czacza's advice:) They were much more interested in what I had to say, rather than what I brought (with the exception of exceptional student work). Good luck and try your best not to stress:)
     
  5. FKS

    FKS New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2008
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0

    Nov 30, 2009

    I agree with the other teachers; just be yourself and you can't go wrong. I also second bringing good examples of student work.

    Good luck and be sure to let us know how it goes!
     
  6. Kangaroo22

    Kangaroo22 Virtuoso

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2008
    Messages:
    6,216
    Likes Received:
    0

    Nov 30, 2009

    I think what you're bringing is enough. If there's anything else you already have that can help you sell yourself bring it, if not I wouldn't worry about anything else. Good luck!
     
  7. samcat

    samcat New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2009
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0

    Dec 2, 2009

    Congrats and good luck!
    If you're portolio doesnt include it already, you should take some of your best lesson plans, too. This will help to illustrate your teaching philosophy.
     
  8. rockangel312

    rockangel312 Companion

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2008
    Messages:
    138
    Likes Received:
    0

    Dec 3, 2009

    I had an interview today as well and they didn't ask to see anything. In the past one other time I didn't get asked either. Do you offer? I was told before that you shouldn't offer. Maybe during a second interview they would like to see the portfolio. I hate interviews!!!
     
  9. Sagette

    Sagette Companion

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2007
    Messages:
    222
    Likes Received:
    0

    Dec 3, 2009

    Well, it wasn't the best interview ever :( I stumbled a bit in the beginning over my own introduction :rolleyes: But in the bright side, it was my first real panel interview and now I know what to expect.

    I wouldn't worry so much about the portfolio, I referenced it once when talking about Marie Clay, but other than that, no one asked to see it. So I'll continue to bring it, but I know to worry less about that and focus more on practice answering questions without stumbling.
     
  10. Kangaroo22

    Kangaroo22 Virtuoso

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2008
    Messages:
    6,216
    Likes Received:
    0

    Dec 3, 2009

    Sagette-I'm sorry it didn't go great. Hopefully, you got a lot of good information in there, though. So much of the time I have a hard time with the "tell me about yourself question." No matter how much I practice it, my nerves at the beginning of the interview cause me to have problems with it.
     
  11. rockangel312

    rockangel312 Companion

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2008
    Messages:
    138
    Likes Received:
    0

    Dec 6, 2009

    I agree with the "tell me about yourself question!" This is so funny considering that we can't get this question wrong. hahah I'm glad I'm not the only one. I wish we could just tape one interview and send it to employers haha Would be soo much easier than going through the process over and over again.
     
  12. TeacherSandra

    TeacherSandra Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2006
    Messages:
    2,305
    Likes Received:
    0

    Dec 6, 2009

    Do you have any photos??? Pictures of you in your previous school setting, etc...will show let them see you in action. :)
     
  13. groisamomma

    groisamomma Rookie

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2009
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    0

    Dec 6, 2009

    I've never applied in a school district before (I'm teaching private school for 9 years). What are some things to include in my portfolio?

    I know this will sound weird, but I've never had to draw up a formal lesson plan for math; the only lesson plans I submitted were very short synapses in my daily lesson plan book. For my M.Ed. program, I had to do two of those long ones, though. Do you need to do them for every single day's lesson for every single class?

    I find that hard to believe; it took me almost two hours to complete the lesson plan for college! How is there time to teach the lesson?
     
  14. Sagette

    Sagette Companion

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2007
    Messages:
    222
    Likes Received:
    0

    Dec 8, 2009

    I do have a section of pictures, but even when I referenced my portfolio, no one has ever asked to see it :( I tought I was doing something wrong, but this has been the case for many of my colleagues as well.
     
  15. Sagette

    Sagette Companion

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2007
    Messages:
    222
    Likes Received:
    0

    Dec 8, 2009

    I have in my portfolio:
    Table of contents
    Philosophy of Education
    Cetificates
    Transcripts
    Copies of Lesson Plans (plans that I actually did in the classroom and are realistic) with some samples of student work
    FBA
    IRI
    Classroom and Student Photos scrapbook style

    I was told that I had too much stuff in mine and so I took quite a bit out when I interviewed. I know this isn't what I'm supposed to say, but I really wouldn't spend so much time on the portfolio. I would spend the time researching the district you are interviewing at and practicing interview questions. I wish I had done this :(
     
  16. TeacherSandra

    TeacherSandra Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2006
    Messages:
    2,305
    Likes Received:
    0

    Dec 8, 2009

    I don't think it would hurt to add some pictures of you in action or perhaps working on a unit or theme. You can get some inexpensive think booklets at several photo shops. I think it's just nice to have just in case.
    Let us know how your interview goes! :)
     

Share This Page

Members Online Now

  1. Missy,
  2. SAM PARKER
Total: 460 (members: 3, guests: 438, robots: 19)
test