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I have to be interviewed for a teaching job in memphis, tn, and I need some advice please?

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Question by Dreamer: I have to be interviewed for a teaching job in memphis, tn, and I need some advice please?
1. What are some questions that I should ask the interviewer?
2. I am very nervous.
3. I have never taught full-time. I am a 35 year old male, and graduated from college in 2008.
4. The job would begin next week, and I live several hours away from the area.

Any other advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
It’s a telephone interview.

Best answer:

Answer by JonnyVegas
1. You should ask how many teachers have been assaulted in the last year and if their injuries were fatal. Also find out if you have to come out of your own pocket to pay for supplies for the kids and if you will make enough to eat or if you should get on food stamps.

2. Don’t worry about it, they’ll probably take anyone who wants the job at this point.

3. I see a move in your near future.

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One thought on “I have to be interviewed for a teaching job in memphis, tn, and I need some advice please?

  1. bob says:

    Preparation for this interview is vital to increase your chances of success.To ask great questions, first find out as much as you can about the school district and school wherein the vacancy exists. The information that is most helpful to get is the information that takes a little effort to obtain. Consider looking through the local newspaper for the last two years and read any article you can that relates to the district and/or school that references things that are specific to new/old programs that are being implemented or any concerns in regard to special issues that need to be addressed (e.g. a new mentor program, an update on their anti-bullying program, concerns about test scores, district/school goals, etc.) Also, be sure to read all board minutes from the last year that have to be posted in newspapers and online. Then, use this information to construct 5 to 10 questions that specifically focus on this data. (Members of the interview committee know what info is easy to obtain and what info requires more work to ascertain.) Then, select your top five questions to ask and prioritize them making sure your best question is placed first etc. This will give you an edge, when the committee sees you have really done your homework.

    As far as being nervous, just know everyone is and forget about it. Being male is quite often a plus especially for elementary and middle school teaching jobs. Be sure to have a good and honest explanation for the two year gap between graduation and the interview for this job. That, you can almost bet you will be asked about. If you really want this job, make sure you have a plan in place that will put you in the community locale as soon as school starts. You may be asked about this, as well.

    Understand that because this is a telephone interview, it is probably being done to screen out those applicants they are not sure of, before bringing the final group of candidates on campus. Remember, even though the timeline for when school starts may be a short one, the school district can easily start the year with a sub, and take longer to find what they feel is the right candidate, if they so desire.

    As to some basic questions that you may be asked, my advice as a former principal and teacher, now recently retired, would be prepare for questions like the following: Tell us a little about your background? Why did you want to become a teacher? What is your philosophy of education? How would you help a student that is failing in your class? Do you demand the respect of your students?-(This is a common trick or trip yourself up question. The answer they want to hear is, “I have to earn their respect by working for it each and every day, by being fair, being honest, by helping them to succeed…etc.) Tell us what you know about us and this vacancy? Would you be interested in any extra duties such as coaching, mentoring etc? What skills do you feel you have that would allow you to be successful in this job? What is your greatest strength? What is your greatest weakness?-(Another trick question. Be sure to answer this question, if you get it, with an answer that to them would seem like a strength. An example would be, “I sometimes tend to be too goal oriented.” Or, ” I sometimes over organize things” …etc… In their eyes these aforementioned examples would be strengths. Take and good luck, and remember, being at a telephone interview level means all the candidates they are talking too may, in their opinion, be the right person for the job. You just need to reinforce that sentiment in their finds to get to the next interview level. If you don’t know something tell them that, be honest, but also say you are willing to learn whatever itis as soon as possible. Lastly, whether you get this job or not, do not let any interview slip by without learning something from it to improve your next chance in an interview session. Remember, when the interview is over and you put down the phone, or if you are on campus, and walk back to your car, have a blank notebook ready, to write every question you remember they asked of you. Study these questions and prepare the best answers possible to these queries, for when the next interview comes along. Because, trust me, some of these same questions will be asked again.

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