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'Tis the season as districts are winding down or still winding up as it relates to filling out the staff roster for the upcoming school year.
As a former teacher, I was always excited about the endless possibilities that new staff members could bring to the table in order to make our great school even greater. Now as an administrator, I do everything in my power to hire a person that is deeply committed and does everything in his or her power to promote the success of each child.
Below you will find a list of 10 things I look for when hiring new staff members.
Obviously there are other key characteristics when it comes to evaluating the effectiveness of a potential candidate. The bottom line is that we must bring in the best possible candidates that will do right by kids and represent our school in a positive way. As Todd Whitaker aptly states: "It's people, not programs."
Recently I was involved in an interview process to fill a position in our district. One candidate in particular did a phenomenal job in "flipping" the interview.
She literally turned the entire interview into a discussion. The passion and insight she shared was simply amazing. Quite honestly I have never experienced this before. I asked only one question, and that was at end because I felt like I had to ask just one.
She addressed every possible scenario from tech integration to the importance of connecting with kids. She did it by providing specific examples and evidence of what it actually looked like to be a student in her class.
So how can a prospective candidate "flip" their interview successfully? Here are some suggestions:
There are so many ways to creatively show why you are the right candidate for the job. The proliferation of various technologies and web applications give candidates an edge over those who provide a basic resume during the interview process.
Personally, I would take a chance on somebody who leveraged the power of technology to tell their story over someone who just sat there and answered question after question.
Brad Currie is the author of All Hands on Deck: Tools for Connecting Educators, Parents, and Communities. He is one of the founding partners of Evolving Educators LLC. Currie is a 2014 ASCD Emerging Leader and Bammy Award Finalist. He currently serves as a K–8 Supervisor of Instruction and Middle School Vice Principal for the Chester School District in Chester, N.J. Learn more about Currie by following him on Twitter @bradmcurrie or visiting his website at www.bradcurrie.net.
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