7 Powerful Tips To Help You Ace that Teaching Interview

Ok! So your resume did its job and got you the interview. Congratulations!

Yes, interviews are stressful but you can do some things to make it easier for you.

Here are 7 powerful job interview tips to help you get that dream teaching job. Always remember that since you are slated for an interview, it means you have been shortlisted among the hundreds or even thousands of applicants. That by itself is an achievement, so give yourself some props.

Interview

Interview: A Conversation

According to Richard Wiseman, author of 59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot, backed with research from different studies, being likeable is a crucial key to succeeding in the interview.

So how do you become likeable? Here are 7 powerful interview ways to increase your likeability factor.

1. Smile

Be happy you are in the interview. Yes, you might be nervous, but it’s an opportunity to shine. Start showing those pearly whites but make sure your smile is authentic or it will lose its appeal.

2. Show Interest

Be interested. This means the following things:

  • You have prepared beforehand and know a lot about the school or university you are applying to.
  • You know what the teaching role entails. You are ready for a teaching demo.
  • You are positive. You will not bring up negative things about previous jobs and former bosses and colleagues.
3. Be open to topics non related to teaching
This means that if the conversation moves away from the topic at hand which is about the job, then feel free to explore and discuss it with enthusiasm with the interviewer.

 

For example, if in the conversation, the interview shares her interest in swimming or if you both share a common organization or friend, then capitalize on that. It could be a means to connect with the interviewer, and this increases your likeability factor.

 

4. Do not draw attention to your mistakes
If your pen falls or you made a grammar or a simple spelling mistake because you were nervous, simply acknowledge it and let it go.  Do not dwell on it or apologize profusely. Brush it off and move on. There are bigger things to take care of.

 

5. Be Humble yet Assertive
Acknowledge both your strengths and weaknesses. Do not overemphasize either.
Just project that you have confidence in your strengths and that the strengths you have is what will make you succeed in the teaching job you are applying for.

 

A brilliant resource to use to determine your strengths is Strengthsfinder 2.0 by Tom Rath. I strongly encourage you to take their test and learn more about your strengths.

 

6. Be Simple
According to Wiseman, clarity is a sign of intelligence, so speak with clarity. Avoid jargon and things that would make your image confusing to them as this will reduce your likeability factor.

 

7. Sit in the Middle (if it’s a group interview) 
This one is interesting. Based on psychology studies, sitting in the middle of a table will increase your likeability factor in the eyes of the interviewers.

 

Bonus Tip:
Compliment the organization and interviewer! Leave a positive impression in their minds.
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I hope these tips prove valuable to you in your interviews.

 

What other interview tips do you have? Share them in the comments below :)

 

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Argee Abadines

Argee Abadines is the founder and chief content engineer of this website. He is a brain based educator and his educational interests are higher order thinking, creativity, and educational technology. He currently teaches high school business studies and economics. Previously, he taught English to primary students. He reads up regularly about trends in education and online media. You can visit his personal blog at pinoyminimalist.com

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Comments

  1. great tips!
    here’s some more:
    1) speak fluently with confidence;
    2) be direct to the point.. sharing personal examples to prove a point will best too.
    3) Relax! :))

  2. Wow, I really need this, in some point I am hesitant to apply for a teaching job but this might help me boost my confidence. Thanks.

  3. I think this tips could be applicable to all interviews.

  4. Super duper agree with “be simple”

  5. what a coincident when i just finally accepted for the job and my interview was yesterday.hihi

  6. Very informative po :)))

  7. Very Informative specially for the new one — new to this kind of profession..I personally believe it is one of the hardest thing to do being a teacher

  8. I’d always say be yourself lang. If you pretend to be something kasi and you get hired, omg, you need to play for keeps. Hirap non.

  9. excellent tips!

  10. It’s my first time to hear about #7. Very interesting and applicable to other situations as well. :)

  11. It also helps that you really listen to their suggestions, especially after the teaching interview and demo. This will give them the idea that you are receptive, open-minded and ready to learn new things as educators also need to learn a lot from other teachers/ facilitators.

  12. I remember my first panel interview, there were 4 of them bombarding me with questions after questions.. Hehe. Yeah really stressful, but I got the job after the interview they sent me to their company owned hospital for medical right away. Yey! ;)

  13. i really agree with this post.
    sometimes, when people are too scared of interviews, they forget your tip #1 : SMILE :)

  14. laughandgigglewithme says:

    Very informative. Thanks for sharing this. =)

  15. nice tips, even the bonus :)

  16. great tips for those applying or starting to win a job in teaching

  17. Te tips here are as useful for aspiring teachers as for those wanting to land their dream jobs. Very insightful!

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