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Near the end of an interview, candidates will have an opportunity to ask questions. You'll want to be sure your questions demonstrate the depth of your knowledge of the employer and the position.

Questions should be prepared in advance while researching the employer but also may be generated by information received during the interview. It's best have several questions in mind before you arrive for the interview. Be prepared but flexible. You may also take this opportunity to communicate a job-related qualification or other important item which had not been previously discussed. A few examples of appropriate questions follow:

•What are you looking for in a teacher?
•How does the teaching staff support new teachers?
•Are teachers encouraged to earn advanced degrees?
•What is the teacher/student ratio in your district?
•How supportive is the community?
•Do your schools use teacher aides or parent volunteers?
•What allowances are provided for supplies and materials?
•Does the administration encourage field trips for students?
•What textbooks does the district use in this subject area?
•How are teachers assigned to extra-curricular activities? Is compensation provided?
•Do teachers participate in curriculum review and change?
•What are prospects for future growth in this community and its schools?
•What support staff members are available to help students and teachers?

Diana Sanchez, Career Center, California State University San Marcos

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