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You're done with your student teaching and you've passed all of your teacher certification examinations.  The applications, resumes, and cover letters have been sent out to every local school district.

All you can do now is sit around the house and wait for the phone to ring, right?  Wrong!  You should be preparing for your interview!

My only sound advice for candidates is to come to the interview prepared.

You should have your teaching portfolio in-hand and you should be ready to talk about anything and everything that relates to you, your background, and your philosophies on education.  The best candidates know how to teach, they know how to articulate their teaching beliefs, and most of the time, they already know what types of questions will be asked before the interview even begins.

Candidates who have not practiced basic interview questions beforehand are unnaturally nervous.  They shift in their seats more.  They begin most answers with the word, "uhhhhh."  There are long pauses while interviewers wait for the candidate to process the question and think up an answer.  They get confused by basic educational jargon that they learned in college.

Almost every teaching interview includes similar, common questions.  In order to be a prepared candidate, all you have to do is practice answering the most common questions before you go to the interview.

If you prepare beforehand, the interview questions will seem routine and familiar.  There are no tricks or shortcuts; if you do your homework you will perform well. 

Body language can show whether you're a confident, qualified teacher or an unsure one.  At the interview, be confident, but not cocky.  Smile when you walk in.  Greet the people interviewing you with a smile and a nod.  Firmly shake the hand of the principal and other interviewers that are within easy reach.  When you take your seat, sit up straight with your feet on the floor and your hands in a relaxed position on the desk.

Have a mild sense of humor.  Prepare to make some humorous small talk when you are greeted.  For example, if a principal shakes your hand and asks how you are, it's okay to say, "A nervous wreck!"  A whimsical introduction can break the ice.  Be sure your sense of humor is clean and appropriate for an interview.

Have a teaching portfolio ready.  Your portfolio should contain extra copies of your resume, a copy of your teaching certificate, sample lesson plans, samples of student work, and any other evidence that shows you are a qualified candidate for a teaching position.  It should be bound in a neat, professional-looking leather binder.   Place the portfolio in front of you when you sit down at the interview table. 

Usually, the people interviewing you will not ask to see your portfolio.  They do, however, expect you to have it on-hand.  Don't wait for anyone to mention the portfolio.  Instead, you should use it as a tool to describe your teaching experiences.  For example, if you are asked to describe a lesson that involves teaching writing, you might say, "Yes, I can show you!  I have a sample of student work that shows how I teach the writing process."

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