Three hour teacher interview?

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  1. deftonesmo

    deftonesmo New Member

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    Hi all,
    Have you ever heard of a three hour interview? I've only been on 45 minutes to one hour interviews. No mention of a demo lesson. Maybe meeting a couple of different principals?
     
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    I had one. We met with a panel to answer questions. Then we had to do team problem solving. Then we had to do writing prompts. It was very intense.
     
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    I had one that was maybe 2.5 hours. It was screening interview for all EC applicants in a particular district. I met with the EC director for an initial, very general interview. That one was maybe an hour. I was mostly asked teaching philosophy and strategy type questions. Then I met with two EC teachers who asked more specific questions about different types of training I had, behavior management, etc. That took another hour and a half. It was all pretty laid back, though, so it didn't seem too long or nerve racking.
     
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    I had one that was 2 hours. It was just me and the principal, and it was very laid back. She asked questions, but then I asked questions at the end. We talked about routines and things I would change. She showed me the classroom since there weren't any students at the time. We both were surprised that it had been 2 hours because it didn't feel that long.
     
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    The longest interview I had was about 2 hours. I interviewed with the P and AP. Then I took a tour of the school and observed in the classroom and lunch room. Then answered more questions later. The time did go by quickly so I didn't even realize I'd been there that long.
     
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    I was signed up for an interview where I would teach a 45 minute demo lesson, meet with the interview team to get feedback about the lesson, have 25 minutes to prepare/make changes, and then teach the same 45 minute lesson to a different group of students (presumably so they can see what you do with the feedback). I ended up getting two job offers the week before I was supposed to do all of this, so I didn't have to go to this interview- I was very relieved!
     
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    I was recently offered a 5.5 hour interview. It was a group interview that included a welcome, a demo lesson, a written interview, an oral interview, and a Q&A session. I declined to attend.
     
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    Yikes. I'd decline, too. 5.5 hours? That's insane.
     
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    My longest interview was out of state. It was 8 hours (a full day) for a consultant position. I've had many 5+hour interviews, but more for education management than teaching positions.
     
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    I personally think this is awesome. More opportunities to show what you know and can do.
     
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    Yeah, I guess that's a fair point. For the right school, I'd go through with it, but this school wasn't the right school.
     
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    Sometimes, you just know it isn't a right fit for you. I think following your instincts is a good thing!
     
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    I once had one at a progressive charter school in SoCal, that was an all-day affair! It was close to 6 hours if I remember. I have tried to forget it, I think there were about 75 candidates there and about 8 school staff members, but it involved big group activities, small group discussions, discussing questions you answered on paper one-on-one with the staff. I think some people started to drift away about half way through, it was almost like some kind of reality game show. Never again.
     

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