Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Oh, the Joys of Interviews

It seems everyone is trying to find a job these days.  I've had six interviews in the past four months to no avail.  I've learned a lot about interviewing and my own skills that I have brought to my interviews these past few months.  I have always been so used to getting a job no problem, but with so many people seeking out the same position, I am surprised at just how tricky it could be.  From my first interview to my last, I am able to look back and see my growth.  I went from someone who went in, not having any material with me and not knowing what to expect, to someone who has a basic understanding of what schools are looking for in prospect teachers.
Even with that gained knowledge, I know I still have a lot more to learn.  I have been researching how to improve myself as an interviewer to make myself stand out.  With my last interview, I even went in a day before to drop off my very organized and informational professional portfolio.  Though I did not get the job due to lack of teaching experience, the principal said she was very impressed and I have a lot of potential, even going as far as saying that if she has openings this upcoming school year, she would be interested in interviewing me again.  That was a great compliment.  Though I do not know where I will end up, I am confident I will find the school I am meant to teach at.  Until then, I will keep my chin up and keep working on improving myself, finding ways to become an effective teacher.  What tips and tricks do you have when it comes to interviewing?