As an administrator for several years, I have sat through my fair share of interviews on both sides of the table. I once sat through well over a hundred interviews in a single summer to fill several open teaching positions. After a while, all of the teaching candidates, who are trying to distinguish themselves, start to blend together.
Through all of the interviews over the years, I’ve learned a few things. This week, I’ll share some interview tips. Consider this practical advice if you are searching for or interviewing for a teaching position right now.
Go for the early interview. If the choice is between the 9:30 time slot and the 3:00 time slot, go for the 9:30 time slot. At 3:00, the administrators are sitting on the other side of the table, tired and hungry, having heard the same canned answers over and over again.
When you sit through many interviews throughout a long day, as the interviewer, you can be exhausted and while unintentional, you may not be ready to fully listen come the afternoon. So if you have the choice, always go for the early time slot!
I hope this helps as you prepare for interview season! Best of luck!