Teacher Interview Question: Why should you be hired over other job applicants?

Excerpt from Road to Teaching: A Guide to Teacher Training, Student Teaching and Finding a Job:

This question is commonly asked in interviews, along with its variants: what makes you unique? What special skills, talents, or experiences do you have that can benefit the students and/or school? Before going into any interview, you should give these questions serious consideration. Start by reviewing whether you applied any of the strategies identified in this book:

• Increasing your endorsements and certifications (see Strategies 8 and 9)

• Continuing professional development (see Strategy 21)

• Enhancing your work experience through substitute teaching, coaching,

or tutoring (see Strategy 11)

• Taking reasonable risks inside and/or outside the classroom

(see Strategies 23-27)

• Volunteering in the community (see Strategy 31)

• Building an educational touchstone (see Strategy 34)

• Pursing professional and personal interests (see Strategies 8 and 12)

Yet other ways can distinguish you from your peers. For instance, your personal and professional work experiences outside academia may set you apart. Traveling and living aboard are other valuable experiences that may distinguish you as a unique job applicant.

A Guide to Teacher Training, Student Teaching, and Finding a Job

The Perfect Companion for Student Teachers.

Book Description

Maximize your teacher training, excel at student teaching, and find your ideal teaching job. This book addresses these unique stages of becoming an educator by providing 50 valuable strategies and insightful advice, allowing for a smooth transition from student teacher to exemplary teacher.

Learn how to differentiate yourself through your coursework, create a positive relationship with your cooperating (master) teacher, establish effective classroom management, perform well in your interview, and much more.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource, July 5, 2008
By (Seattle, WA USA) – See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)

This book came in handy as a student teacher and when applying for teaching jobs. I appreciated the strategies on how to jump-start my student teaching on a positive note by creating relationships with my students and CT. Even though I have now completed my student teaching, I will continue to use many of the book’s classroom management and discipline tips in my own classroom, such as the question & answer box and bellnote activity. I recommend this to any student teacher.”

5.0 out of 5 stars So Simple Sooo Helpful WOW, September 29, 2008
By (Albuquerque) – See all my reviews

This book is a must have!! I always read reviews and consider what the reader says, well please believe me, When I say get the book. It is so simple to ready I couldn’t believe the insight it gives and tips for Students, Pre-service teachers and Student teaching. I highlighted and tagged pages. I am very pleased!! Eric did an awesome job on creating a book for the “unknowns” A lot of websites and examples, book references. Again a very great book for Teachers to be, get it early.

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2 Responses to Teacher Interview Question: Why should you be hired over other job applicants?

  1. Trish Phillips says:

    Can I purchase the book for student teachers Road to Teaching in hardcopy.
    Thanks

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