July 24, 2014

The Interview

I just walked in from my interview, and I wanted to jump on here to give you all the details.

I don't want to brag, but I feel very confident about my interview skills. In my first teaching interview, I was told that I make it seem like we're two friends chatting about coffee, which, I guess, is a good thing. I think I'm pretty good about being professional yet laid back. I always make the interviewers laugh, and today was no different. 

My favorite Q&A of the day was when they wanted an example of a challenge I overcame in teaching. Immediately, all my charter school stories came flooding to my mind, but I settled on one. I referenced the movie Dangerous Minds (although none of us could think of the title for several minutes). I tried to find a gif of the moment, but this is the only one I could find....

What I referenced, though, was the part in the movie when Ms. Johnson is told that if she wants to reach the class, she has to get Emilio on board. I had that kid, and I knew he was the key to my success in that classroom. I had to find a way to reach him, and I was able to do so through his goal to be a famous rapper (he has a full album on YouTube). I had to convince him that ELA would help him become a better rapper through enhanced vocabulary, the use of literary devices, and by studying poetry. And you know what? It worked! When he saw the value in our lessons, he was engaged. And when he was engaged, the rest of the class was free to learn without distraction.

Most of today's questions focused on content, as I previously answered questions about my teaching style in the phone interview. I was able to provide relevant examples to support each of my answers, which I hope proves I'm a great candidate for this job. 

Ultimately, I wouldn't change any of my answers today, so I hope I said what they were wanting to hear. It gives me peace of mind to know that I represented myself well, and I can rest easy knowing that if I'm not selected, it will be because I'm truly not the best fit, not because I didn't say the right thing. 

And above all, I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to interview. I can't tell you how many years have gone by when I didn't even get a call. It gives me confidence that my resume and application are on the right track!

The principal said he hopes to get back to me by Tuesday, assuming he can reach all the references by then.



  1. Best of luck! I'm glad you have peace of mind about how it went :)

  2. hey there girl! this makes me so happy! Great story you shared about your Emelio! Can't wait to hear the news...enjoy your day! :-)

  3. Awesome job girl!! I'm sending you all the good vibe I can muster!! "Good Vibrations" even started playing in my head!! Even though I'm sure it has nothing to do with what we're talking about!

    Learning to be awesome

  4. Good luck and positive vibes on the way!! :) :)
    ~Amanda from His and Her Hobbies

  5. It definitely went well or else the principal would not check your references! Best of "luck"! :)

  6. I knew you would rock it! I'm so proud of you and I love you! This was very well said and so very true. You were you and that's what is most important!!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  7. Sending so many good vibes your way! It sounds like you were so prepared and confident I am sure that came off in the interview. I am lucky if I remember a single question asked after an interview I always get so nervous. And seriously I also am thinking how under prepared I was for the interview for my current position...live and learn.

  8. It is good to be able walk away feeling positive! Yay! Keep us updated and I am sending you good thoughts:).

  9. You mentioned the principal was a "HE", so this wasn't the interview for my district with Michelle from BigTime Literacy then, right?? I'd love to see you at our middle school! ;)

    Literacy Loving Gals