Flipping the Interview Process
Recently I was involved in a 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 the 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. Brad 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, NJ. Learn more about Brad by following him on Twitter @bradmcurrie or visiting his website at www.bradcurrie.net.
9/13/2014 12:33:09 am
I love to hear that this candidate did so well, but I have to give you most of the credit for that. Because I've moved across states a few times and lost positions in recession-based budget cuts recently, I've applied and interviewed a lot over the past 7 years. Most places are clear up front that they have __ (usually 8-12) of questions to "get through," and that I'll have ___ (4-5) minutes to answer each.
9/13/2014 10:54:53 am
Thanks David. The less questions I have to ask the better. Definitely love the conversation.
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