What can I expect from a Committee Interview? Help it's my 1st Interview

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  1. TeacherJ4life

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    Hey everyone,
    I received a phone call that I have an interview with a committee of 6 people (3 principals and 3 teachers). What can I expect? how long will it be? Will they all be asking questions? I am so nervous since it's my first formal interview ever with a district. Any advice is appreciated. I have my portfolio ready, but was wondering if I should bring anything else?
     
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    Extra resumes so they can all see it. Maybe a pamphlet highlighting different aspects of your portfolio.
    My interviews have ranged from 15 min to 1.5 hours. It might be on the long side with so many people. Read up on the interview question thread. Smile, and relax ;)
     
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    I am so nervous!
     
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    I was nervous too! Luckily they were all very nice, and made me feel comfortable. I hope you have the same experience. When is the interview?
     
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    May 5th ahhhhh! Any suggestions on how to stay calm? LOL
     
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    With that many people, I would think they would take turns asking questions. They may all have a list of the questions, and will probably be writing down words and phrases from your answers.

    Interviews could range from 30 minutes to an hour.

    You have plenty of time to practice with a friend, in the mirror, practicing your answers over and over until they are second nature to you.
     
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    Be confident, and prove that you are the best for the job. Easier said than done...but just believe you can do it, and you will!
     
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    When you go into the room do you shake everyone's hand?
     
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    I did...but I only had 3 people in mine, cause I met with the principal first.
     
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    YES! You never know what could make you stand out. And be sure to thank them for their time after the interview and shake hands again.
     
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    that's my concern! I would want to shake all 6 of their hands but it might be time consuming
     
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    One of my first intereviews was with TWELVE people! I felt like I was in front of a firing squad! In fact, I joked as much & eased the tension.

    Don't think of it as a panel interview. Think of it as the "Teacher4life show!" It's not an inquisition. This is a chance to talk about what you love to do. Be enthusiastic. Have samples to talk about. If you have classroom pictures from your student teaching or some student work, show it off.

    Key things -- the teachers will want to know that you aren't a fresh out of school know-it-all. So drop some hints that you would love to learn what they do & how they do it. The principals will want to know that you are a good "team player" (you aren't going to be fussing with his staff & causing him a headache), that you get along well with parents, & that (in most districts) you are in favor of raising those test scores! Find a way to address those things when you talk.
     
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    WOW! How did you handle it? DId you shake all of their hands?
     
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    I took a deep breath & got ready to go on stage. LOL.

    I didn't shake all their hands. The principal escorted me in, & I shook his hand as I came in. He introduced me around, & as I recall, some people within reach put out their hands, so I shook them. The rest were at the other end of the long long table & I nodded, looked them in the eye, said hello & repeated each name, & smiled warmly.
     
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    I was on the interview committee a few years ago and we did comment that it was nice that someone felt confident enough to shake all of our hands and there was 8 of us. It really only takes a minute or two. So I say do it. We also liked the resumes that were limited to one page. We could quickly look it over without looking through several pages. We asked to see portfolios if the candidate didn't offer to show us. The candidates that spoke openly and honestly scored higher than those that had prepared, planned answers, one that sounded scripted. We could always tell which candidates had thier answers memorized and which ones spoke with confidence and from the heart. That was really important to us. And please thank each one at the end!
     
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    About a year ago I was interviewed for a sub position and was expecting a one on one interview or a two person interview (that's what I've had in the past). A principal of a school walked me from the lounge area to the interview room and in the room were 7 people, one principal and 6 middle school teachers. Yikes I wasn't expecting a panel interview for a sub position. I was asked questions as if I was applying for a full-time spot. Thank goodness, I had answers to what they were asking me. I cannot remember what I was asked since I was so nervous to be in that room. Interviewing is not my cup of tea, but the experience was really that painful at all. Now I know what a panel interview is like. Good luck!
     
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    You guys are the best! I am getting really excited about this opportunity:)
     

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