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Virtual Interviewing for Teaching Positions -by Michael Hines
I wanted to talk about interviewing from both perspectives which are that of the teacher looking for a new position and that from the school looking for a new teacher. Keep in mind that this is just my advice and opinion on the matter. You should decide what you find useful and what does or doesn't work for you.
Clarity is a very necessary ingredient to an interview. In a virtual interview, your questions and answers must be clear because you can't rely on body language to make your point. Also, remember to be concise. Rambling or long winded questions and answers can be confusing as well as paint a bad picture of your professionalism. Finally, remember to show some passion (not too much) because it shows that you take an active interest in what you do.
Once you have identified the perfect job or candidate based on the skills or requirements you are looking for, it is time to prepare for the potential interview. Interviewing is never an easy thing and having to be interviewed or conduct an interview virtually (via the internet or over the phone) can add a whole new set of issues. The most important thing to do for any interview is simple...prepare!
o Know your positive and negative aspects.
o Research the school, company and position.
o Know the positive and negative aspects of the position.
o Research your candidate.
Here are some great online resources for both the interviewer and interviewee:
Directory of Interview Preparation Resources on the Internet
Virtual Teacher Interviews - This is a great site of actual video from teachers about interviewing. Ifyou have dial-up internet access, this site would not be a good visit.
Practice Interview Questions from Monster.com
Interactive Interview Questions from Western.edu
Random Interview Questions Generator from Monster.com
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