I know no one asked my opinion or anything, but I spent the day today sitting in on interviews and I have some advice for those going through that right now. Make eye contact with the people at the table-if nothing else, looking away/down all the time makes you look like what you're saying isn't true. I understand now why Judge Judy always asks for them to look at her! Let your energy and passion shine through. We interviewed a new graduate who was so effusive, eyes literally lit up talking about student teaching; then a very experienced, knowledgable teacher who sighed a lot and made it seem like teaching was a lot of work. Guess who our admin is going with? Be positive-several times our P asked, what behavior would make you contact a parent. All the teachers talked about when Johnny did something really inappropriate, etc. I really wanted to hear one of them say: when he can finally read all his high-frequency words or was on green for an entire month (and that can be in addition to the bad stuff, but there should be good calls too). Lastly (and this is a big pet peeve of mine anyway)-differentiating for your advanced kids doesn't mean pair them up with a low kid. Struggling kids shouldn't just get "more work"-be ready to talk about examples of activities on different levels that you would implement-it's ok for different kids to get different work. Loosen up, be yourself. One of our candidates today actually said the term "OMG" in an answer-now, I'm not suggesting you go into an interview and do that, however-she was being real-I could tell that wasn't a canned answer. I really feel for you guys still out there looking. You'll end up where you are meant to be and the wait will be worth it, you'll see!