This short video gives tips on asking questions of a potential employer!
I’m Dr. Peggy Semingson, former schoolteacher and reading specialist and current professor of Literacy Studies at The University of Texas at Arlington. This video is to provide support for educators going through job interviews.
In a job interview, they typically ask, “What questions do you have for us?” You don’t want to be caught off guard or provide a superficial response at any time during the interview. You will want to ask at least a few of these questions, depending on your own priorities and the specific context of the school you are interviewing with.
- How structured is your curriculum? What choices do teachers have in selecting materials and in lesson design that aligns with standards?
- What are the resources available for lesson planning?
- Does lesson planning take place in a team or is it the individual responsibility of the teacher? How does team planning work?
- I appreciate technology integration tools in my lessons to engage students and prepare them for the future. What tools and resources are available for tech integration andd do you use a one-to-one personalized approach to learning?
- What are some of the goals the school is working on as targeted areas for growth and overall student achievement?
- What supports are in place for coaching or mentoring new teachers in your school or district? What professional development opportunities are available for teachers?
- I believe in teaching with data-driven instruction to boost student achievement. What are some of the baseline and benchmark assessments I will be giving at the beginning, middle and end of the year? What types of formative and ongoing assessments will I likely be implementing in the school? How is this information communicated to students to support their learning and achievement?
- What schoolwide supports are in place for students who face challenges in learning? What are your student demographics and what percent of your students are English language learners? What schoolwide supports are in place for students who are English language learners? What is the approach this school and district to teaching bilingual/ELL’s?
- What schoolwide behavior plans and supports are in place? Is there a particular program or philosophy in place at the school, regards to student behavior?
With these questions, you will come across as a savvy and prepared educator who knows that resources and school-level support are needed to do the job well. They will also help you learn more about a potential future employer! Good luck in your job interviews!