Preparing For Interviews

As many of you know, I’m still on the search to land a teaching job. In preparing for future interviews, I like to type out my responses to sample questions. I’ve been lucky to score some sample interview questions from colleagues, Career Services at Miami University,  from my own experience.

But I need some help.

I need those who’ve been through the process, have gotten the job or not gotten the job, old and young, to give me some pointers. It’s hard to get feedback from interviewers because I would feel weird going to them and being all dejected, like a let-down lovesick girl, crying “WHERE DID I GO WRONG?! WHY DON’T YOU LOVE ME?!”  Although I have gotten feedback from interviewers before when it has been appropriate to ask, so I’m not totally in the dark. I would like YOUR help though! Many of you know me and my teaching philosophy, and some of you may not. Either way, if you have any suggestions about my responses and how I could improve them, please comment. Target anywhere and everywhere—I can take it.

I especially need help with the non-theoretical, practical, experience based kind of questions. I have spent more time thinking about education than teaching, for obvious reasons. What are your experiences? How would you answer these questions? What questions were you asked that I didn’t add here? I have 24 questions—it’s A LOT to read through. Don’t feel obligated to read every one if you don’t have the time, but I would greatly appreciate it if you could scan some of ’em.

And we’ll start with…

1. Why do you want to be a teacher?