I just got hired mid-August as a special education teacher. On Tuesday I had the surreal experience of sitting on the OTHER side of the interview table with some colleagues to interview candidates for a new opening in our department. It was quite interesting to say the least. You definitely get a unique perspective on things when you've heard 10 candidates answer the same questions. You'd be amazed at the variety of answers (and quality of answers)! I thought I would share some things that sent up red flags that we factored into our decision process. Please keep in mind this was a special education position at the kindergarten level. The following things were not well received by the committee when the candidate: - could not clearly explain what drew them to the field of education or gave the "because I love kids" reason. - did not seem enthusiastic, did not smile, did not seem to have a passion for education - did not have any recent workshops, training or classes or had not, at least, recently read any books on education - we wanted teachers that are willing to stay current and keep learning themselves! - answered a "how do you feel about...." question with "i'm fine with that" or "it would be no problem" without giving specific examples - there was a question like "under what circumstances would you initiate communication with your colleagues" and several people mentioned only examples about talking when a problem had arisen when we were really looking for someone who intended to have continued daily communication with colleagues. - said their biggest weakness was being a pushover or too nice - when asked why they applied for the job, said they applied for hundreds of jobs (i guess we wanted the illusion that they really wanted THIS job.) - had no questions to ask us - it conveyed a lack of interest. I know some of you are discouraged about the interviewing process - I was there too for a while before I got my job - but you HAVE to keep up your enthusiam and try your best to express your love for the profession or it will show through to your interviewers! Hope this helps someone!