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					      Acing That Interview!

    Things to Consider Before Your
             First Interview



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                Today’s Topics
     –   Teacher Recruitment Day
     –   Recruit-A-Duke
     –   Career and Academic Planning web page
     –   Preparing for the Interview
                   » Know the Employer
                   » Knowledge About Yourself
                   » How to Dress
                   » Types of Interviews
                   » The Dos and Don’ts of Interviewing
               – Relevant Interview Questions
                   » How Would You Answer That Question?
                   » Questions to Ask the Employer
                   » My Portfolio and the Interview
                   » References
                   » Ending the Interview

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       Teacher Recruitment Day
• Monday, February 25, 2008
• 11:00 a.m. -12:30 Fair
• 12:30-4:00 Interviews

• How to make the most of a career fair




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    What is On-Campus Interviewing?
• A program that is a part of the
  office of Career and Academic
  Advising
• Employers from all over the east
  coast come to campus to recruit
  students for internships and full-
  time job opportunities
•   Examples:
         • Chesapeake Public Schools, Oct. 23
         • Hanover County, Oct 25 & 26



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                How does it work?
•   Program runs itself through an online job
    database called Recruit-A-Duke



•   Similar to Monster.com or Careerbuilder in the sense that
    you are required to submit your resume online to be
    considered for an interview




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 Steps in the recruitment process
1. Identify opportunities on Recruit-A-Duke
   that interest you and submit your resume




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                                   Step 2
2.        Once your resume is submitted, the employer makes a decision on
          whether or not you’ll be invited for an interview
                   One of three things can happen at this point:

     1.      Nothing (in this case, the employer does not send any
             correspondence)
     2.      You will receive an invitation to interview with the employer
             down in Sonner Hall – this requires the student to sign up for the
             interview online
     3.      Selected for a phone interview or an interview at the employer’s
             site




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  Other features of the program
• Mock Interviews
• Career Fair Manager
• Career Contact and Alumni Network




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                    How to register
1. Sign up online at
   www.jmu.edu/aacd/interviewing under the
   First time user option
2. Attend a mandatory workshop held at Sonner
   Hall on the following days and times:
   - Mondays 2-3pm -Wednesdays 10-11am -Thursdays 4-5pm




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            Recruit-A-Duke
          What Does it Look Like?


• Let’s take a look…




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    Education Career Web Page
• Addition JMU career resource for
  education minors
• The Resume!
  – Examples of resumes, action verbs, functional
    headings




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     Preparing for the Interview
• Practice interviewing with a friend
  – Mock interviews, Recruit-A-Duke
  – Try to anticipate questions interviewers might
    ask and prepare answers to these questions
  – Prepare a list of questions to ask the
    interviewer
  – Confirm time/location of interview



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     Preparing for the Interview
• Know how to get to the interview site
  – Dry run
• Arrive 15 minutes early
• Know the name of the interviewer
• Take copies of your resume, application,
  references and portfolio
• Take paper and pen for notes


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  Knowledge About the Employer
• Invest a little time doing research on a
  potential employer
  – Web site
  – System employees
  – Faculty
• Know the employer!



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    Knowledge About Yourself
• What are your career goals
• What are your educational experiences
  – Observations, Practicum, Student Teaching
• What are your skills & abilities and how do
  they relate to the position for which you
  are interviewing



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                        How to Dress
•   Ladies
•   Gentlemen
•   Think conservatively
•   No sure? Dress up rather than down!
•   Layering is always a good idea




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                  Mistakes to Avoid
•   Social Networking Sites
•   Unprepared for the interview
•   Poor eye contact
•   No excitement/energy
•   Talk too much/not enough
•   Badmouthing past employers


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     Making the Best Impression
• Verbal & Nonverbal communication
• Describe your qualifications using action verbs
• Be clear, concise & complete without making the
  interviewer drag information from you.
• Ask questions: it shows you’ve done your
  homework!




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              Types of Interviews
• Behavioral Interview
  – Interviewer’s goal is to obtain information about how
    you might behave in given work situations based on
    PAST performance in similar situations.
  – Looks at your skills, experience, management style in
    particular situations, decision-making skills and
    methods of dealing with stressful situations. “Give me
    an example of a time when……”




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                    STAR Approach
•   S: Situation
•   T: Task
•   A: Action
•   R: Result
    – Interview question: What do you do when you
      see some students are not learning?



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                  STAR Approach
  – Interview question: What do you do when you
    see some students are not learning?
• Situation: (Example from your experience)
• When I was doing my student teaching in fourth
  grade I had a lesson on fractions. As the lesson
  progressed I noticed that about 6 students were
  not understanding the concept that a fraction is
  smaller than a whole number


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                  STAR Approach
• Task:
• I realized that I had to fine another method
  to get through to the 6 students that were
  not mastering the lesson.




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                  STAR Approach
• Action
• To demonstrate that fractions were less
  than a whole number, I brought out a
  “pizza fraction” game and allowed the
  students to manipulate and visualize that
  ½ and ¼ of the pizza were less than 1
  whole pizza


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                  STAR Approach
• Result:
• With the use of the pizza manipulatives
  the students were able to visualize the
  concept of fractions and mastered the
  lesson. They were able to transfer this
  knowledge during a future lesson when
  working on equivalent fractions.


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        Board or Panel Interview
• The candidate meets with several interviewers at
  once.
• Establish eye contact with each interviewer
• Involve everyone in the group in your answers
• Find out the types of people who may be serving
  on your panel interview ahead of time:
  – Supervisors, co-workers, administrative staff, etc.




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              Phone Interviews
• Becoming more common, used to screen
  candidates before on-site interviews
  – Dress the part, will affect your attitude
  – Set up interview space
     • Resume, references, position information, pen
  – Prepare notes to help you remember important points
    you want to convey
  – Stay focused, do not multi-task during your phone
    interview
  – Address interviewer formally & respectfully
  – Don’t be afraid to convey your enthusiasm verbally


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 Top Areas of Interest for Schools
• Reading Instruction
• Cooperative Teaching
• Classroom Management
  – How do you do this
  – Examples; student teaching, practicum
  – Pay attention to how cooperative teacher
    manages the class without students noticing


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 Top Areas of Interest for Schools
• Assessment
  – What do you know about assessment?
  – Examples from what you have learned while
    in class at JMU
  – What assessments have you had experience
    within the classroom; practicum, student
    teaching



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   What Makes YOU Stand Out?
• What qualities make you stand out?
• What experiences do you have that make
  you stand out?
• Think about examples of past experience:
  – Volunteer, practicum, student teaching, etc.




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           Interview Question

           How would you answer?




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                       Question #1

Give me an example of how you have
used various learning strategies to teach
to all students in your class;
developmental, high, medium achievers




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                         Question #2


• What has been the most challenging
  aspect of your student teaching
  experience?




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                         Question #3


• What motivated you to become a teacher?




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                          Question #4
• Tell me about a time when you worked
  with an unhappy parent. What did you do
  to address their issue before it became a
  bigger problem?




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               Relevant Questions
• Tell me about your experience with
  working collaboratively in the classroom.
• What experience have your had with
  elementary level reading programs?
• If you were hired to teach in a system that
  did not use a basal reader, how would you
  establish your reading program?


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   Tips for Answering Questions
• Ensure that you are knowledgeable on the latest
  research on teaching
• Think through what you believe about teaching-
  thoughtful, consistent, & articulate
• Answer based on what YOU believe not what
  you think the interviewer wants to hear
• Content of answer is more important than length
• Child-centered versus teacher-centered


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               Your Turn!
        Questions for the Employer
• Always prepare questions to ask the
  employer
• Some of these questions may be
  answered in the course of the interview, so
  make sure you have more than 1 or 2
• Questions to ask employers



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                           Portfolio
• Have a “cliffs notes” version of your portfolio
   – Best pieces that show your growth as a teacher
   – No more than 10 pages
   – Easy to copy and attach to application/resume
• Bring full portfolio and “cliffs notes” version to the
  interview
• Hand out “cliffs notes” version and leave full
  portfolio if requested to do so


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                           References
• Selecting a reference takes thought and consideration
• Do they know you well enough to be a reference?
• Are they able to provide a reference for you by the cut off
  date?
• Provide reference with your resume and details/dates of
  your relationship with the reference
• Balance references, both males/females/age groups
• Ensure that all reference contact information is correct
• Ask for written reference and attach to your application




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             Ending the Interview
• Express that you are very interested in this
  position
• Discuss the next step
  – Time line for employer making selection
  – Interviewer explains the decision making
    process
  – When to expect to hear from the organization



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