The job interview is an important part of the application process. It will give you an opportunity to make a good impression on the employer and to prove that you are qualified to fill the position. Here are some basic rules to keep in mind if you are going for an interview:
Make a good first impression – this not only includes making sure that you arrive to the interview on time, but also that you are polite and friendly to everyone involved in the interview process. Part of making a good first impression also includes demonstrating professionalism, so make sure you wear proper, business clothing to the interview.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions – the interview process is partly about establishing expectations ahead of time, so it is important that you understand everything about the job. By asking questions about the position or institution when given the opportunity at the end of the interview, you are demonstrating your ability to play an active role.
Do your homework – Each board implements Ministry of Education mandated programs such as Character Education differently. For this reason, you are advised to visit the board website to do some research before your interview.
For further job search and interview hints, the Ontario Teachers' Federation recommends a book called Getting The Job You Want, by Wally Moffat. This book is published by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario and can be ordered for $14 CDN by visiting their website here.
More information is also available in the employment preparation section of this website and can be accessed by clicking here.