TnT 54 JOB INTERVIEW SERIES: Your resume and education aren't the most important factors when landing a teaching position

Teachers often spend quite a bit of time polishing and perfecting their resumes, but is that what really gets them a job? What if a teacher has limited experience - do they still have a shot when they're up against more seasoned veterans? Resumes are only one small factor in the hiring process (but PLEASE spellcheck!), and personality and fit are the biggest ones. Scott Schwartz discusses which personality traits tend to predict success in any job, as well as how his district eliminates the "gut feeling" factor and relies on data.

  1. Tell me about a difficult circumstance that you handled, what action did you take, and what were the results?
  2. What is the difference between a good teacher and a great teacher?
  3. A student in your class consistently causes disruptions. Explain the steps you take to help the child and maintain your positive classroom environment.
  4. Do you believe that placing a zero in the grade book teaches responsibility?
  5. Describe your understanding of what a standards-based learning environment looks like.

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