What should I say about my teaching experience in schools in an interview?
Previous work experience in schools is a common topic of discussion in an interview. In fact, it is among the top 5 most frequently asked questions at any school.
Therefore, being prepared and knowing how to appropriately respond is vital. Many teachers wonder; What can I say about my teaching experience?
And, while it may appear simple, there are those who do not know what to say in the interview about their work experience in schools. This becomes a major issue because teaching experiences are what will set you part in a hiring process.
With this in mind, we wrote this blog to optimize your reactions so you can respond effectively in your interview.
What should I say about my teaching experience?
You sit in front of an employer and the questions begin, the first ones are usually about your personal information, followed by the most important ones.
From why you want to be a teacher to your previous work experience in schools. We will focus on the latter to ensure the best communication of your previous work experience in schools.
So, to this question, a possible answer is:
“I worked as a second cycle teacher in a school on the outskirts of a town last year. Specifically, I was the tutor of a 4th-grade class, where I tutored 25 students in language and math. In addition, I assisted in a morning classroom one day per week. This experience provided me with a thorough understanding of how a large school operates. I also held meetings with the students’ parents and collaborated with the school counselor, which helped me better understand children with disabilities. Prior to that, I interned at other schools. I was able to work and share with 1st and 3rd-grade students, which helped me adjust to teaching in classrooms of varying ages and reaffirmed my desire to work as a second-cycle teacher. All this has assisted me in improving my relationship with my children, learning how to motivate them, and becoming a better teacher.”
It may seem lengthy but saying it in an interview will take no more than a minute.
This is just an example of what to say regarding teaching experiences. Remember that there are no right or wrong answers. You just need to express clearly what you learned in previous teaching positions.
Previous work experience in schools is not the only thing to prepare for in an interview.
While knowing what to say about your teaching experience is essential, you should not overlook other important aspects of an interview.
After the question about your work experience in schools, the recruiter will want to know what methodology to use in your classes during the interview. In fact, both questions and answers go hand in hand.
So, the main piece of advice is to be genuine, not exaggerate any accomplishments, and sound confident in every answer you give.