I've been on my fair share of interview and each time is very different. Most recently I was on an Elementary interview; the interviewers included a principal, superintendent and a current teacher. When I was in college the advice they gave to us was to research the school district's mission statement and go off of that to explain how it relates to your philosophy. So that is what I did. The interviewers immediately shot me a look and said that my answer was terrible. I added some other information that I researched about their school and they said "that's it?" "that's all you know?". I also have a portfolio and I am a first year- about to be second year teacher. My portfolio has a lot of teacher created assessments and projects that I had given out during the year. In every interview I have mostly been asked about tests and assessments I created, but on this specific interview they stated I shouldn't even have any of it in there and just pictures of kids working and other things like that. I felt like they were giving me more advice on how to impress them for another time rather than actually interviewing me. I mean if they didn't like my answers, why didn't they cut the questions short or just go on with the interview and not hire me? Also, every answer that I had they said they could do it better. Such as parent involvement. I said maybe half of the parents came to back to school night (my past district had NO involvement with parents) and they said "I could have gotten them all there" Have you ever had a bad interview? What happened and how did you get through it? I've had 2 interviews like this so far and it is kind of discouraging and makes me nervous for other places that I interview at.