How To Ace Your Interview
15 September, 2021
Interviews can be stressful, but often only because you’re not sure what to say. Here’s what your interviewer is really asking.
Give Me An Example Of A Time You’ve Failed?
Sometimes our typical response is to panic and assume that the interviewer is trying to examine what task you’ve failed at. And we can end up responding something like “I can’t think of a time I’ve failed” or “I haven’t failed”. It’s important to remember that everyone makes mistakes and it’s okay to admit to that; but what the interviewer is really hoping to uncover is how you’ve handled a challenging situation.
Talk about a true failure you’ve had at work and show that you’ve taken responsibility for it. Discuss how you handled the situation, what you learned from the experience, and provide an example of how you will correct that in this environment.
How Would You Handle A Crying Child?
The interviewer is trying to understand how you observe and communicate with individual children. They want to know your process in trying to uncover why the child is crying. Maybe their angry at another child, or hungry, or just need some attention. It’s up to you how to decipher how you can help by understanding what the child needs and to demonstrate your problem-solving skills.
Talk To Me About A Current Education Issue?
Early Childhood education is constantly expanding and changing. Your employer is trying to understand how well you keep up to date with relevant issues, and to better understand your teaching viewpoint. There’s no real wrong answer here as you’re simply giving your opinion, but a wise idea would be to prepare for your interview by reading some articles that are relevant to the age group of children you would be teaching. Make sure you understand the pros and cons of the viewpoint and have a well-rounded response before your interview.
What’s Your Opinion of Technology In The Classroom?
It’s 2021 - technology is unavoidable in almost every setting. What the interviewer is trying to understand is how you leverage it in your classroom to gain the best possible outcome and how you use it for educational purposes. For example, you might be using technology to encourage visual learning and imagination; or maybe you’re using it to conduct research-based experiences to help support children’s learning more analytically.
By understanding these questions as well as following simple interview tips, like arriving early and being prepared, you will ace your interview!