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May 28, 2014

7 Ways to Wreck Your Job Interview

I recently came across the article courtesy of Robert Half International, Inc. a global staffing firm and thought it might be useful during this busy interviewing time. Performing well during the job interview is one of the most important steps in the hiring process. Every candidate wants to impress...

April 07, 2014

The Power of Experience

There is a quote I found recently attributed to Soren Kierkegaard which says "life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."  In many ways, our past can easily influence our present and the people we are today.  We might not consciously think about it very often, but our ex...

March 18, 2014

Behavioral-Based Interview Questions: How to Prepare for the Unexpected

Behavioral-based interview questions are a popular way for employers to gain knowledge of your experiences and how you may make decisions or act as a potential employee.  A typical behavioral-based interview question would start out asking for you to "Tell me about a time when..." or "Give an examp...

February 27, 2014

What do you believe about children?

Ultimately, that is the fundamental question.  With all of the programs and initiatives that we implement in schools, the greatest factor in the academic achievement of students is the teacher.  There is no amount of interview coaching or resume development that can substitute for a teacher that i...

February 12, 2014

Do You Really Want to Work Here?

As a principal it was so clear when a candidate just wanted a job and when he or she was truly interested in working at my school.  We hosted a multi-step interview process that gave potential teachers an opportunity to interact with various members of the staff.  Each stage of the process painted...

February 04, 2014

The Interview Before the Interview

Often we think a job interview consists of the answers given to a series of questions from a committee or building administrator. There is an interview that happens even before you walk into the conference room or office that too often candidates overlook.  The impressions you make on the students ...

January 28, 2014

Interviewing Tips

Interviewing season is upon us...are you prepared? This post is geared toward interviewing preparation with, what I hope you find to be, helpful information! In order to be invited for an interview, you have to first apply to school districts (check back to the first post of January 2014), so make s...

December 18, 2013

Fresh Faced Interviewing

Are you a fresh new teacher heading out to interview and compete for the best teaching job out there? Well, you aren't alone! Be sure to follow these tips to get ahead in this upcoming interview season:  Research, research, research. It is 2013, soon to be 2014, and Google is a powerful tool. So ...

December 13, 2013

The HOLIDAY Job Search

Hold off on writing a general cover letter. Instead, be sure to have a targeted list of districts and schools and then tailor each letter to the needs of each particular district. Organize your interview portfolio. Many candidates have come to my office for a mock interview prepared to get through a...

December 03, 2013

Use Your College Career Center!

Many, if not most, of the postings to this blog recommend at one time or another the use of the career center at your college or university. That's such an important suggestion that it merits its own post - so here it is! The career advisors at your college know what employers look for, because they...

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