Screening Interview on Tuesday!

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  1. houseofbooks

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    Here's a quick update on my job search: I received a very personal and kind letter from a Principal who interviewed me last week, and unfortunately did not get the position. However, when one door closes, another door opens! I've been invited for a 15 minute screening interview next Tuesday with a wonderful school district located in a growing South Jersey community. I'm very excited but a little nervous, too.

    What are your suggestions for screening interviews (in particular)? I know that time is very very very limited, and I want to blow them away! :p

    And thanks again for all the wonderful/positive messages in my last thread. I feel a lot better about the job hunt and will keep pushing until I find a position.

    Best wishes to everyone still looking for a teaching job. :wub:
     
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    Congrats and good luck!

    Come in with a small portfolio. Have copies of your usual things, but also bring along a few extras...The extras usually include something on classroom management, technology, RtI, PBIS, maybe something specific to the school. Then you can show these if there is a question asked about them.
     
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    At my screening interview, I was emailed the day before and they specifically said not to bring anything. Not even resumes, because they will already have a copy. I did bring my portfolio, but I wasn't given a chance to use it.

    In my experience, you should expect a lot of knowledge questions. 'What do you know about RtI and what interventions have you used?' or 'How do you decide what to teach?' They really don't get into strengths/weaknesses.
     
  5. John Lee

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    Is a "screening interview" S.O.P. when it comes to hiring (in positions where there were 500+ applicants)? I'm curious because I haven't been through the process...

    If you make it to the screening interview, have they gone to any steps beyond your application? When do they typically consult your references?
     
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    Nope. Some places just prefer it that way. Personally, I have had to write essay responses as a screening process for several districts as well. I'm searching in an area where applicants are in the thousands, and very few do screening interviews. It is more political (nepotism is a major factor).
    Probably not. Your references could be contacted before or after the formal interview. There is no set procedure. I would find it very odd if they contacted references before a screening interview. My screening interview from this year interviewed 150+ applicants. There were 3 positions. So, they obviously did not do reference checks on 150 people!
     
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    Thank you for all the suggestions. Everyone's advice has been very valuable. I'm glad I have a solid week to prepare. :)
     

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