1. Julie

    I love the idea of giving candidates topics for discussion. This certainly will allow the candidates to prepare and find ways to share their strengths in a unique way – in a way that may mirror what they do in the classroom or as a leader. I also agree with your comments about having the candidate dig deeper and support their answers. This has happened in an interview – both with me as the candidate and in interviewing a prospective teacher. It was very insightful in both circumstances! I love your posts! Cheers!

  2. Being part of a school that has anxiety as its #1 goal, I started sending out interview questions to candidates the day before (want good thinking not quick responses) – a strategy other schools have now started to use as well. I did add a twist where I have a ‘choose a mystery question’ 3 envelopes for candidates to randomly choose from (all 3 envelopes are duplicated for all candidates) so we can see how they do with one ‘surprise’ question.
    Great sharing about interview thinking!

  3. kirsten

    another thoughtful and timely post thanks. Reminded me of my interview for teaching college. We were asked to submit 3 topics we would be interested to talk about in a group discussion. 8 candidates participated in the discussion observed by a college tutor and heads from the region. Randomly people were requested to speak about one of their prepared topics ( no choice of which). They were not just looking at knowledge, but confidence, preparation, interpersonal interactions, communication skills. I thought it was great. Later in the day we had individual interviews with two heads from the region. Not college personnel. The thinking was. These were the people who knew the school environments, these wear the people we would eventually be working with, so they should have input in student selection. After training we were sent on school interviews 6 at a time. I thought for sure I would lose my first interview as another candidate had been a student teacher at the school. After achieving the job I asked the head why she hired me, she told me that I was the best fit for her school as I wanted to inspire children, not help them. The school was tough but a great learning experience. And I’ve carried that good fit message with me always when interviewing on both sides of the table. :)

  4. Alex

    An interesting post George. I have to be honest, I often find myself disagreeing with what you write (on a side note, this is one of the reasons I keep reading them), this post however, I see eye-to-eye with you. I work in an international school and have been on both sides of the interview panel, the hiring side much more, recently. I often feel that the interview process leaves a lot to be desired and we receive the same carbon-copy answers and nothing deeper or without any real sense of fulfilment – I will be sharing this post with my colleagues in the new year.


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