Yesterday, I had my first job interview with Saskatchewan Rivers School Division. I was really nervous about going to it because this was my first teaching interview. Prior to the interview I had been working hard on creating a portfolio. It included various items including; my resume and reference letters, professional development certificates, unit plans, lesson plans, pictures, assessment tools, etc. I wanted to create this to support my interview and give the division an idea about my teaching experiences. Honestly, I think that I was so worried about my portfolio, I forgot to focus on thinking about what questions might be asked.
During my interview I was nervous, but I stayed calm. At first, I felt like I was stumbling on my words, but it did get easier as time went on. The questions were not too difficult and I was able to answer from my personal experience. The questions mainly focused on instruction, assessment and classroom management. I was not asked one question about technology or my experience with using it.
As for the hours I spent on my portfolio, well I opened it a few times during the interview and shared some examples. Other than that, there was no time to browse through it and share all the items I put in it. I learned from the interview that school divisions want to learn more about you through the conversations of your experience, rather than a portfolio. I do think that portfolio’s are good for supporting an interview and they do help you explain your ideas. I will definitely take my portfolio to all my interviews, but I will make sure and focus on my responses and use the portfolio as supporting evidence of my experiences.
Overall the interview went well and I left the room feeling confident. It was definitely a learning experience for me, so now I know what to expect during a interview. I know that every interview will be different, but I have a better understanding of how it works. Already I have been thinking about my next interview and how I can work on my responses so I am not stumbling on my own words again! I know that the interviewers do understand that we are nervous, but I want to build my confidence so I am ready for any question. As well, I have already thought of some questions that I wished to of asked during the interview. Next time, I will try and create a list of any questions before the interview because it is hard to think of them while your under pressure in the meeting. As for a job opportunity, this division does not start hiring until about May and June, so I am left to wait and see what jobs are posted later.