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Interviewing Tips: Part 1

by | Feb 6, 2024 | Interviewing | 0 comments

Your interview is your chance to shine and show districts the knowledge and skills you have. But with so much to prepare, where do you even begin? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Here are 3 key strategies that will boost your interview confidence!

Before stepping foot in the interview room, take time to research the school district you’re interested in working with. This goes beyond just reading their website. Explore:

  • Structure and Programs: Do they have dedicated special education programs? What about specific models like Universal Design for Learning? Understanding their framework shows initiative and genuine interest.
  • Philosophy and Culture: What are their core values and educational approach? Seek insights from current staff or nearby districts to get a feel for the work environment.
  • “Interview” the District: If you can’t find specific information on their website, consider asking them about these topics at the end of the interview. Asking questions will show that you have truly explored the information they present to the public and are still looking for more!

The field of school psychology is constantly evolving. Stay ahead of the curve by:

  • Following Leading Organizations: Regularly scan the websites of NASP, your state association, and local associations for the latest trends and topics. This demonstrates your commitment to continuous learning and staying relevant.
  • Solidify Core Assessment Concepts: Remember RIOT (Review, Interview, Observation, Testing)? Ensure you have a strong grasp of these foundational principles, not just specific test names.

This question is your golden opportunity to make a lasting impression. Don’t ramble! Instead:

  • Identify Key Points: What are the 3-5 most important things you want the interviewers to know about you and your qualifications?
  • Structure Your Response: Plan a concise and organized answer using bullet points to stay focused and avoid information overload.
  • Practice Makes Perfect: Rehearse your response out loud, alone or with a mock interviewer, to refine your delivery and build confidence.

Bonus Tip: Taking notes while reflecting on your interview experiences can be incredibly valuable. Identify areas for improvement and use them to strengthen your approach for future interviews.

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