We get a lot of feedback from schools regarding candidate interviews. What is the most common mistake administrators point out? The questions candidates ask or rather aren't asking!
So, what should you be asking during your initial interviews?
We recommend focusing on questions that help you understand if the school community is the right fit. Avoid questions about what you will get out of the job, including salary, benefits, and time off.
Although this is very important information, your first interaction with a school shouldn't be about the tangible facts and figures but rather focus on community, pedagogy, culture, collaboration, mindset, and vision.
To help you prepare for your next school interview,
ask these great questions:
Questions to ask about the school
How would you describe the school culture?
How do teachers interact with each other?
What are some of the goals you have for the school this year?
Questions to ask about the community
Are parents heavily involved in the school community?
What kinds of activities and events does the school have?
What's the student population comprised of?
Questions to ask about the classroom environment
What is the student to teacher ratio?
What is the average class size?
What type of technology is available in your classrooms?
How would you describe your student population?
Questions to ask about the position
What makes a successful educator at your school?
What do you think are the most important qualities for an educator to excel in this role?
What challenges do you foresee for this role?
What are your expectations of a teacher in this classroom?
What does a typical day for a teacher look like?