In my current role, as well as my former role as a principal, I participate in many interview panels for various positions. I am always amazed at the level of preparation evident (or not evident) during interviews. I have been keeping a running list of the advice I wish to give job seekers. Before applying for a new job or entering an interview, here are my top tips:
- Do your research! Get to know the position/ site/ district. With all the resources available online these days, there is no excuse not to know the basics.
- Read the actual job description. Seriously. Be prepared to demonstrate how you are qualified for the specific job to which you are applying.
- Personalize your letter of introduction so it appears you actually know the job/ school/ district and you didn’t just fill in a few blanks on a form letter.
- Ensure that your letters of recommendation are as current as possible and are relevant to the position to which you are applying.
- Know your strengths and be able to articulate them.
- Provide details- don’t assume we know exactly what you mean, even if you are using a common acronym, phrase, or idea.
- Always have a question and/or a final statement about yourself prepared.
- Dress professionally.
- Express your passion for the work!
- Make it clear that you are a learner and listener (and not an expert in all areas!) as well as a leader.
- Demonstrate why you want the job with well-chosen words and actions.
I’ve seen a number of other posts pop up recently, as the season of changing jobs approaches. What advice would you give to potential employees hoping to join your team?