Well, I've officially survived my first interview. And, I think it went pretty well. I thought it was going to be quite nerve-racking, but I was surprisingly calm throughout the interview.
It was with the principal and counselor, but the counselor didn't say
anything at all during the interview. I was able to give a lot of
examples of student successes and tell about experiences I have had with
students during the interview. Instead of feeling like an interview,
it almost felt like an hour long conversation.
Looking back, I would have answered some questions slightly differently.
Sometimes after starting to answer something, I would realize I wanted
to answer the question in a slightly different way than I had first
intended. I was able to answer all of the questions. Some of my
answers were just not as eloquent as I would have wished. But, this is a
learning experience. With each interview, I'm sure I will feel more
comfortable in my answers.
The principal did give me the list of questions he was going to use and
let me look over it for a few minutes before we started. But, it didn't
feel like a scripted interview. Instead, the conversation sort of
flowed from topic to topic. Some questions would be rephrased in light
of something I had just said. The principal laughed, smiled, and made
some jokes throughout the interview so I took that as a good sign.
I didn't ask about the timeline for the hiring process, but the
principal told me his plans while he was walking me to the front door.
He is planning on doing more interviews next week, and he intends to
make a decision by the end of next week. But, the board of education
won't vote on it until May. He said that since we had a face-to-face
interview, he would call and let me know his decision either way.
My thank you notes to both the principal and counselor are written and
stamped and waiting to be mailed tomorrow. He did bring up technology
at the very end of the interview, and I didn't have much of a chance to
elaborate on my experience with technology. I'm currently taking a
class in educational technology and our assignment this week is to
create an online portfolio of all the work we have done this semester
using technology. So, I'm planning on finishing up that portfolio this weekend and e-mailing the principal with a link to it.