Observing the Interviewer

I vividly remember the first time that I ever applied for a job. Pursuing a growing interest in animals I decided to drive over to a local petting zoo to see if I would have any luck with beginning my resume of jobs in the hopes of not only getting acceptably paid but having a better understanding of how to work for a boss. I was a nervous wreck but I knew that getting the interview over with would help me to prepare for similar situations in the future. By the end of about fifteen minutes of talking to one of the managers, I was successfully put into the work schedule and began obtaining experience. Thinking back on this occurrence I was mainly focused on how I performed as an interviewee and not how the individual asking me questions was evaluating their decision of whether or not I could be a helpful staff member at the park. This is something that I have come to realize is a major indicator of how a business’s inquiry may determine if I will be valued as a hand in their organization.

Treating an interview more as a conversation can help to make the process feel less stressful!

Not only wanting to be a qualified professor is important, but, also being able to operate in a functional and serviceable department is also beneficial to the teaching experience. Going through and experiencing a consultation in which the interviewer is prepared truly shows interest in you and me as potential applicants. With the help of writers like Autumn Tooms and Alicia Crowe, we are presented with the procedures that certified interviewers will take to provide a favorable outlook on a probable job. Seeing examples such as “Be Prepared”, “Create a Welcoming Environment”, and “Ask the Right Questions” helps to prepare people for how they may be considered for employment. If a principal is rushing through an interview, barely paying attention to your answers or questions, or is unorganized with the entire process that may be a good indicator of whether or not a school may be the right fit.

Personally, I always used to think that carrying a conversation was my responsibility alone to win over an employer. However, after reading “Hiring Good Teachers” by Tooms and Crowe, I understand that it is both parties’ importance to try and decide whether a position is the best fit for an individual. By reading over the different lessons that the writers of the article shared, I feel more prepared as a future teaching candidate to be bold and observant so that I am able to feel confident in my field decision.