Teacher interviews look a little different these days. In 2019, principals and prospective candidates would never have looked to the virtual interview as their first option. One pandemic later, and we're living in a world where web meetings and video calls are the norm.
If you're interviewing for teaching jobs, you need to be prepared for all the possible virtual teacher interview questions that come your way—as well as any tech glitches and distractions that could pop up.
Further Reading: How to Prepare for a Post-Pandemic Job Interview
Before the Interview
Know the Platform
A friend of mine was interviewing a candidate and asked them to share their online teaching portfolio during their Zoom call. But the candidate didn't know how to do that—and it hurt their chances of getting the job. With a little research, the candidate would have known that all they had to do was have their document open and press the Share Screen button.
Find out what platform your interview will be on, familiarize yourself with it, and learn how to interact with others during your interview. Understanding all of the possible features of each platform can impact your chances of landing the role.
Test Your Technology
A virtual interview requires reliable equipment. The day before and the day of your interview, check that your computer, web camera, and all the necessary software are working, and that your internet connection is strong and reliable.
As with any job interview, you'll need to rehearse. I find that the best way to prepare is to anticipate potential virtual teacher interview questions.
Just like the interview itself is a little different these days, the questions might be a little different, too, and might focus more on online or hybrid learning. Practice coming up with responses to the questions below—but try to avoid sounding like you're reading from a script.
- Describe your virtual teaching experience.
- How would you teach an online class?
- What are some advantages and disadvantages of online learning?
- How will you keep students engaged online or in a hybrid school setting?
- How will you monitor your students' mental health?
During the Interview
Practice Good Bbody Language
Just because an interview is virtual doesn't mean you can ignore proper eye contact and body language. Sit up straight, be professional, and make sure that your camera is placed at eye level.
Keep your focus on the interview by limiting potential distractions. Choose a place in your house that is clean and quiet, and don't have anything in the background that can distract the interviewers' attention. If you live with family or roommates, make sure they know the room is off-limits. Or, if you have pets, keep the door closed.
Be Authentic and Build Rapport
The interview is the time to show your authentic self and prove why you're the best person for the job. Because you can't shake hands during a virtual interview, your body language will help you establish a rapport with your interviewer. A positive attitude, direct eye contact, and being your best self will go a long way toward building a professional relationship.
After the Interview
It's good practice to follow up with the interviewer to thank them for their time and let them know that you're available to answer any more questions they might have. Personally, I like to send out a handwritten note—but given the circumstances of the pandemic, an email seems acceptable.
Further Reading: How to Nail a Teacher Phone Interview
When it comes to nailing virtual teaching interview questions, you want to make sure that you stand out. The best way to do that is to be prepared, authentic, and flexible, and show how eager you are to learn more about online learning platforms. Chances are that remote learning will be the norm for a while, so showcasing how you would apply remote learning strategies could put you on the top of the candidate list.