In my current role, as well as my former role as a principal, I participate in many interview panels for various positions. I am always amazed at the level of preparation evident (or not evident) during interviews. I have been keeping a running list of the advice I wish to give job seekers. Before applying for a new job or entering an interview, here are my top tips:
- Do your research! Get to know the position/ site/ district. With all the resources available online these days, there is no excuse not to know the basics.
- Read the actual job description. Seriously. Be prepared to demonstrate how you are qualified for the specific job to which you are applying.
- Personalize your letter of introduction so it appears you actually know the job/ school/ district and you didn’t just fill in a few blanks on a form letter.
- Ensure that your letters of recommendation are as current as possible and are relevant to the position to which you are applying.
- Know your strengths and be able to articulate them.
- Provide details- don’t assume we know exactly what you mean, even if you are using a common acronym, phrase, or idea.
- Always have a question and/or a final statement about yourself prepared.
- Dress professionally.
- Express your passion for the work!
- Make it clear that you are a learner and listener (and not an expert in all areas!) as well as a leader.
- Demonstrate why you want the job with well-chosen words and actions.
I’ve seen a number of other posts pop up recently, as the season of changing jobs approaches. What advice would you give to potential employees hoping to join your team?
Reblogged this on Miesha's Moment and commented:
Some else’s opinion on Interview Preparation
It’s so stressful to go on an interview. It helps to hear the perspective of the interviewer. I liked your comment about keeping letters of recommendation current. How many letters do you like to see? Thankfully, I’m not looking for a new job, but I want to stash this info for a rainy day.
Thank you for reading and stashing! I don’t think of letters as quantity, but quality. The more I read, the better I am able to read between the lines. I appreciate letters that can attest to observed strengths in authentic ways, not sounds bites.
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