Most job seeker send many applications to all kinds of different educational institutions and schools, trying to secure some interview invitations and eventually a new job. Job search is a game of numbers after all, and
it would be naive to think thatP people submit their application to one school only (unless their uncle works there as a school principal, and they are sure to succeed in an interview). On the other hand, school principals and other interviewers do not like candidates who wander from one interview to another, knowing nothing about the schools they want to join. We will ask you this question to see how serious you are about this particular application. Try to learn something about the school, the students, staff, achievements, visions and goals, problems and challenges they face. The information will help you when answering this particular question, and you can benefit from it also later in an interview. It s school, so you rather do your homework. Education administrators are proud of their institution. Successful job candidates know it, and they talk aboutP good results of the students, good reputation of the school, excellent management, balanced study programs, etc. This nearly always works for their favor, and let me tell you why: When we speak nicely about the school, we in fact speak nicely about people who lead and manage the place.
These people often sit in the interviewing panels. Everyone likes to be praised for their good work, so if you find something worthy of a praise, mention it in your answer to this interview question. If you find nothing, however (the school is new, or has a bad reputation), you can talk about personal reasons,P such as g ood traffic connection to the place, fitting working environment, having connection with other teachers from the school, etc. I have spent a lot of time researching about schools in this district. I found your institution to be the most modern, high quality secondary school, with great reputation. I talked to some parents of the children, people I know personally, and they told me only good things about your school, and the teachers who work here. I would be proud to become a member of this particular team, and that s why I applied here. To be honest, I chose your school mainly because of a good location. It s just ten minutes walk from my apartment. Living close, you can count with me for last minute replacements. Of course, you face some problems here, but which school in this district doesn t? * Do you like the answers?
Check my eBook, the, to see most common interview questions for teachers. Thank you, Glen. Next Questions: In hard pressed times like these, with a scarcity of available jobs, only a handful of good positions appear in the market. Many candidates apply for these few jobs, but only the lucky one or the ideal one б gets the job. What is it that differentiates anб ideal one from the rest? Since the interview happens to be the last obstacle to achieve a job position, clearly the intervieweeБs answersб make or break б an interview. Though there may be tricky questions in which an interviewee might get entangled, surprisingly, it is theб б that trip up the candidates. Question:б БWhy do you want to become a teacher? Б This straight forward question is a good example. Why is that so? Well, a candidate is most often prepared to answer tough questions but when he/she is asked a basic question, rather a БStatement of PurposeБ question; his/her ignorance regarding the job is revealed. б Sometimes, the lack ofб conviction andб clarity of thought б puts off an employer and that ends the interview Б without a job offer. The sample responses below can help you formulate an answer that sincerely expresses your goals and aspirations and will land you the job.
Why would one want to become a teacher? Бб б БI wanted to become a teacher to be able to make a positive difference on the future of children. For me, it is great/fulfilling challenge: stimulating the next generation to become lifelong learners. I have always been grateful to the educational system for implanting values in me and at this juncture, I feel I should contribute what I have learnt and experienced over the years. This way I will be paying back and at the same time can fulfill my desire of enhancing the education system. Б Clearly, the applicant seems to be concerned about the present educational system and by mentioning the word БcontributeБ he/she states his/her strong sense of motivation and thus, distinguishes his/her candidature from the rest. Further, the applicant can state and validate his/herб basic interest б in the job profile. By doing so, he/she will catch the interviewerБs attention and the interviewer will understand that the applicant isб aware and interested б in the nature of the job profile. Бб б БI canБt think of any job as important to society as teaching. I have always loved to give young people the best start in life.
Interacting with kids is great. Be it on educational grounds or recreational activities, it is a lot more fun interacting and learning with kids. As a hobby, I have been giving tutorials to kids at the neighborhood community center. Б The applicant has been able to put forward his/her reason for interest in the job profile. БI love to interactБ and БI have been giving tutorialsБ highlight the fact that the candidate is aware of the intricacies of the job and has some sound experience in the same. The applicant can further state his/her skill sets that are the prerequisites for the job in question. Бб б БI want to be a teacher for developing a new generation of thinking individuals. Being a goal oriented person with tons of patience, I am sure I will be able to gel with kids and train them in the required subjects with utmost care and concern for achieving the educational goals. Б Since being focused on achieving educational goals and being patient are key abilities that a good teacher must possess, by mentioning these skills, the interviewee finally wins the heart of the interviewer. Keep in mind all of these points, and be honest and assertive while answering the question.