What to Bring to a Teaching Interview Checklist
A teaching job interview allows you to elaborate on your teaching experience and discuss your skills and teaching philosophy in greater depth. It is vital to prepare for your interview in order to have a fruitful conversation. Preparing for an interview typically entails researching the school and district as well as drafting responses to common interview questions, but it may also entail knowing what to bring to the interview. This post will go over what you should bring to your teaching interview and why each of these items should be included.
What to bring to a teacher job interview
Choosing what to bring to a teaching interview is an important aspect of the preparation process. Teachers must carry a range of materials at all times. This section includes some resources that are standard for most interviews as well as some that are more educational in nature.
Here are some materials you should bring to your teacher interview:
Describe your curriculum vitae
Please bring several hard copies of your most recent résumé. Bring plenty for several interviews, as well as one for yourself to use as a reference. Bring the same résumé you submitted during the application process if you customized your CV for this position.
Although the interviewer has most likely already reviewed your resume, bringing copies is a courteous gesture that may help the interviewer if they were unable to print a copy prior to your meeting. Consider asking for a copy of your resume at the outset of the interview. This notifies them that you have copies available, demonstrates your organizational skills, and frequently creates a favorable impression.
References are an important part of the job application process. Prepare a list of references with phone and email contact information to give to the interviewer at the end of the interview. If you have a written reference or recommendation letter, consider giving a copy to the interviewer. However, before giving your references’ information to the interviewer, make sure to verify with them first, and give the interviewer the option of removing the references from you.
Philosophy of teaching statement
When applying for a teaching post, you may be asked to submit a philosophy of education or teaching philosophy education statement. Please bring a hard copy of this statement to present the interviewer. As a result, the interviewer will be able to better understand your thoughts, objectives, and ideals as an educator, and they may ask you specific questions about the statement.
An introductory letter
Bring a physical copy of your cover letter if you sent one when applying for the job. Hand the letter to the interviewer at the end of the interview. Your cover letter may help them comprehend the skills, experiences, or goals you did not share during your interview.
An interviewer may ask for documents to back up your resume’s accomplishments. Please bring a copy of your diploma, transcript, and any relevant certifications with you. This allows you to exercise your preparation skills and avoid having to make the interviewer wait for you to submit the documents later. However, only provide these if the interviewer specifically requests them.
List of certifications and training
To become a teacher, you must first receive specific credentials, which differ depending on your state, subject, and grade level. Make a list of your completed training and credentials, and include copies of your certification verification if possible. This can help you demonstrate your skills and expertise to the interviewer, which is especially important if you’re looking for a job in a new place or teaching a subject or grade level that you’ve never taught before.
Your teacher’s portfolio
Make a portfolio for your teacher and bring it with you. Your teacher’s portfolio, also known as instructional artifacts, contains samples of professional materials. Hiring managers may look over your portfolio to get a better sense of your teaching talents.
Here are some ideas for what to include in your teacher’s portfolio:
Provide final lesson plan examples that demonstrate how students learned knowledge and what they effectively learned from the specific lesson.
Include a copy of past classes’ statewide test grading scores to demonstrate how your teachings and teaching style helped students achieve well and meet appropriate requirements.
Consider using student work samples to demonstrate and support the effectiveness of your courses.
It is critical to recognize that certain interviewers may prefer that you do not bring a portfolio. Review the job description or interview instructions before your interview to avoid bringing a portfolio if the recruiting manager does not want you to. If a digital portfolio is required, consider building one to submit after the interview.
A briefcase or portfolio
Bring a folder or briefcase to arrange all of your documents. If the interview needs you to give a sample presentation, bring a bag to hold your documents. Bring a professional, appropriate folder or bag to your interview.
Consider the following:
In preparation, prepare questions to ask the recruiting manager at the end of your interview. Prepare questions about the school’s mission and goals before your interview by researching the school and the school district. Consider making a list of the questions to bring with you and go over as you wait for the interview to begin. However, avoid bringing the list up during the interview.
You should bring a bottle of water to your interview. Drinking water may assist you in staying hydrated and avoiding dry throat or tongue while speaking. If you forget to bring water, your interviewer may offer you some or ask if you require anything when you arrive.
Brush or comb your hair
Traveling might affect your hair and personal appearance. Bring a brush or comb to your interview. Before entering the building, comb or brush your hair to refresh your appearance and ensure a professional presentation.
Mints to freshen your breath
Bring a bag of breath mints with you to your interview. Have a mint or two before your interview, and make sure to finish them before entering the facility or conversing with anyone. Eating mints refreshes your breath and may help you boost your confidence and focus on answering questions rather than how you look or smell.
To your interview, bring a notebook or a calendar. This allows you to take notes on anything that gets your interest during the interview, which is quite beneficial if you want to ask a question at the end. Keep a notebook to record any additional appointments, dates, or materials requested by the interviewer.