What makes you special?

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  1. MrsCK

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    Why should you be hired over everyone else that has applied for this job? For some reason, I have the hardest time answering this question. I want it to be perfect! I say that my passion is what makes me stand out, then I try my best to list ways that I would benefit their team. It's a hard one!! What do you say to this question?
     
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    I think that what sets me apart is the relationship I am able to form with my students. Colleagues often comment on the way I am able to reach some of the toughest kids and help them to know that I am on their side and that they have value and worth.
     
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    Yes, this question is tough because I think having the passion is the #1 thing people reply with. So, employers are used to hearing that one. When you or someone comes up w/ a better reply, I'd like to know what it is! :)

    From what I've heard, VERY COMMON replies that a person may not want to say (even though there's nothing wrong w/ saying them) are:

    - having the passion
    - saying one will put in 110% or 150% into the job
    - saying how much one just loves working w/ kids
     
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    It's been several years since I've had to interview, but I would comment on my ability to connect with high school students and my INability to half-ass anything (said more professionally, of course). I also have a very strong set of tech skills and am involved in an amazing online PLC that helps keep me on the cutting edge of education topics.
     
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    - I know my content, cold. Your kids will learn their stuff in my class.

    - Classroom management tends to be a non-issue most of the time. (Careful not to spit into the wind there!!!) Your administration won't have to deal with my discipline issues.

    - I tend to get along fairly well with people-- my kids, their parents, my colleagues.

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    Bah! I hope I didn't ruin it with my answer! These are great. It seemed like the most important question of the interview...I guess I can't worry about it now. The rest of the interview gave away everything that I could offer them. What will be, will be!
     
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    My 12 years in business marketing management gives me two advantages: I'm skilled at working with diverse groups of adults; and using technology is second nature for me.

    I also am a strong fit for (my school) because I genuinely view all aspects of a child's growth as equally important.
     
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    I hate this question, because I'm not very good at "selling" myself.

    But here's the approximate answer I gave at my last interview (and I landed the job :))

    I don't think I'm special, per se - I'm just doing the same job thousands of other people do, with the same goal in mind. But I think I'm pretty good at getting the students to learn. Permanently. I'll jump on desks to make a point or sing to get their attention. I play games with them and I force them to memorize the basics. I read to them in different voices so that the words come alive and mean something other than an endless march of black print across the page. I make them write until they beg for mercy and then give them a high five when they realize how much they've improved. I understand that middle schoolers are crazy and I don't hold it against them. So I don't really think it's all that special - it's just how I do my job.
     

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