Wierdest job interview...

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Wierdest job interview...
Mon, 06-14-2004 - 10:05pm
So, once again I am interviewing for jobs, which I hate doing (as I am sure everyone does). I interviewed last week for a position (same as I am currently doing), and was turned down for the job, which was humbling. Truth is, inclusion is fairly new to my district, and the principal described the job as being "administrative" which is incorrect. It is supposed to be an instructional level position, so they told me that they were afraid that I would "take over the classroom and not work with the teachers" which is SO wrong. Maybe if they got the job description correct, they'd know that the Support Teacher is supposed to be in the classroom and not administrative. Anyway, had another interview today and fear I have completely bombed it. It felt like an oral exam, and included questions like "Describe the referral process" and "What is the difference between mediation and due process?" Can I have a life line here?! I just thought that these are some pretty technical questions! Is this pretty normal? Has anyone else had any strange interviews?


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Tue, 06-15-2004 - 6:35pm

What's a normal interview?



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Wed, 06-16-2004 - 4:29pm
I've had a few wierd ones. In one interview, they actually gave me a test to see how much I knew. It was a Core Knowledge School and they asked questions from the 5th grade curriculum like: What is onomonopia? What is alliteration? Tell me about this historical event ____. Tell me what you know about atomic structure. I had to do math problems and edit a student's writing sample. I also had to create a lesson plan from a list of topics on the spot (no books for help). The interview took over 3 hours!

I had an interview like yours once, where they kept using these really large words. Would you teach the children (insert large word that I've never heard of here)? I had no idea if they were looking for a method of teaching, a curriculum point, or what! So, I asked for clarification. They kept repeating the question in several ways, using the same word over and over again. I finally had to ask them to define it for me, but they looked disgusted that I needed to ask. Their question basically meant, "Would you teach the children in the ways that we think they should be taught or are you going to go off half-cocked?" Did they have to use some big word for that? Was that part of the test?


Good Luck in your interviews.


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Wed, 06-16-2004 - 4:34pm
I feel for you. I've been on many interviews over the past few years and they have really run the gamut from easy to hard to very weird. Just recently i had an interview where the school went into lockdown right before my interview and then the principal didn't even show up to interview me and I was interviewed just by the dept supervisor.

A few years ago I was interviewed by a principal who was POed because a few members of the interview committee didn't show up and she spent the whole time complaining. I think every interview is a learning experience and gives you ideas of what might happen next time. I'm waiting to hear if I got a job that I interviewed for last week. I came back for a second interview with the supt and he said I would hear probably by today, either way. That is one of my biggest pet peeves. They interview you and then they don't have the courtesy to call or send a letter to you. It's worse than dating.

They asked me a question I had never been asked before. They said "We have a requirement that all teachers have 15hrs of professional development each year. What are some of the areas they you would need growth in?" I had to think about that for a minute, but I came up with something.

Good luck to you. I know how you feel.

Edited 6/16/2004 4:39 pm ET ET by guili12737

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Wed, 06-16-2004 - 5:34pm
Yes, I am not a good interviewee. I had gotten previous jobs on a "we really needed someone basis" so it was tough to go out there and interview for the first time.

I get really nervous and sometimes I just don't understand what the questions are. Then like you said, how do you know a "process" if you haven't been through it. I wouldn't know the "referral process" What type of refferal are they talking about?? Special Ed, Counseling?? What??

Sherry's right, sounds like they had an "agenda" I have had someone call me back regarding my resume and say something to the effect of: "It's not what you really want anyway." I had sent my resume to a private school and someone called back and left a message on my voice mail about how the school wasn't right for me.

So, yep I have been there. They are looking for particular people. I guess!! Who knows!!