3月 2019年8月9日上午9:30
戴恩瑟尔

Teacher candidates experience first job interviews

过去几年, we've taken an inside look at Millikin University's annual Interview Boot Camp, 主办的 AG手机客户端教育学院, by capturing the experience as seen from faculty and alumni who coordinate the event.

今年, we decided to take a different approach by following the student perspective of the mock interview process – from the preparation to the final handshake.

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Several of Millikin University's education majors, 谁希望成为老师, were given an opportunity to practice their interviewing skills during the 7th Interview Boot Camp held on Feb. 26个在大学广场.

它是这样工作的. 20多名密利金毕业生, who are currently serving as school principals and superintendents from across Illinois and 印第安纳州iana, 回到校园面试学生. The alumni helped the students prepare for what to expect in actual interviews while at the same time providing feedback – some students even landed a job that day. The event was started by the alumni as a way to give back in their own way to Millikin.

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Mock interviews are a great way to learn how to answer difficult questions, 制定采访策略, improve communication skills and reduce stress before an actual job interview. AG手机客户端找到了艾米莉·斯蒂尔, a senior elementary education major and a soon-to-be entry-level teacher candidate, to see how she handled the job interview process.

Q: What are your thoughts as you prepare for your first interview?

ES: I'm very excited – it's a great opportunity to prepare us. 这些都是真正的督学和校长, 这是一种真实的体验, but I'm not as nervous going into interviews for jobs that I'm picking.

Q: What questions do you think the superintendents and principals might ask?

ES: I've been preparing by asking my cohort and different people at the school I student-teach at the kinds of questions they might ask. I'm prepared to learn more about the culture of the school, 他们对老师的要求是什么, 并得到反馈. As teachers, we love feedback and this is a good opportunity for that.

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Q: What level of teaching are you hoping to enter?

ES:小学教育. I love 1st through 3rd grade – that is my focus.

问:你为什么决定当老师?

ES: I had a great experience in high school where instead of taking a study hall I went into a kindergarten classroom and helped out, 这让我更加坚定了. 那时我知道我想成为一名教师.

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在面试开始之前, the Millikin alumni hosted a panel discussion on topics such as the common challenges during the first year of teaching; the differences when considering employment at large or small 学区s; what stands out about great hires; and advice about the use of social media for teachers.

汤姆·马奥尼90年在俄勒冈州., 学区, moderated the panel while 7月ie Fane '06 of French Academy, Baby TALK的09年代表Courtney Kirk, 杰夫·布茨的92支阿尔西普威士忌, 印第安纳州., 学区 and Potomac elementary 学区 representative Larry Maynard '88 addressed the future teachers.

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"There's a lot going on during your first year of teaching, but prepare to be flexible and prepare to build your support system strong,说:“神庙. "It takes time to maintain a balance and to take care of yourself."

Jeff Butts noted, "Teaching is not a job, it's a calling. AG手机客户端希望你能接受指导, but we are also looking for candidates who will contribute to the field and be innovative."

Emily Steele's interview was with Kent Stauder '02, superintendent of Okaw Valley 社区 School District 302.

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问:面试怎么样?

很顺利. I felt comfortable talking with him and getting some of my questions answered, and also getting feedback on what they will be really asking in an interview.

Q: Were there any questions asked that you didn't expect?

ES: There were some questions I was ready for such as my personal experiences and my style of teaching. There was one question on a classroom management software system that I wasn't familiarized with. 面试的速度比原来更快了.

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Q: What sort of feedback did the superintendent provide after the interview?

ES: He said I did a good job of focusing on the positive which is something I try to do during interviews. It's good to always fall back on 'if you don't know something, focus on something you do know.他提醒我要发挥自己的长处.

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Q: What do you hope to bring to the table as a teacher?

ES: I want to be someone who is compassionate and understands the importance of building relationships with students because to me that is the foundation of learning – if it's not there, then the students are not going to learn what you want them to. It's important to build and maintain those relationships so the students can grow and flourish.

Dr. 克里斯蒂Magoulias, 教育学院院长, says the one common denominator for the Interview Boot Camp that the students and alums share is Millikin.

"They don't use gloves with the students," said Dr. Magoulias. "They give them tough feedback, but what they all have in common is Millikin, so it's a safe place. Whatever feedback they give them comes back softer, even if it's tough."