What to Say During a Teachers College Interview (as a student)

What to Say During a Teachers College Interview (as a student)

I applied to teacher’s college and received a request for an interview at Redeemer University. I searched online for articles regarding what you say and not say on your interview. I didn’t find any, so I decided to write this as a resource for myself and for others. So here we go!

What not to say

I don’t have teaching experience

Everyone has some sort of teaching experience – whether it be from a job, at home, or online. Anywhere. People will have experience training on the job, volunteering, helping your spouse cook dinner, or posting online on what matters to you. Teaching is one of the most basic things we do as humans and basically everyone has done it.

Only the basic skills

Each interviewer would have heard a thousand times the skill of time management, organization, and multitasking. What they haven’t heard much of is troubleshooting, innovation, ingenuity, good with technology, good at public speaking, planning, etc. Try to stand out.

Emphasizing Babysitting experience

Don’t overemphasize babysitting experience if it is too long ago and/or it’s not in a decent setting for teaching. If you have it, describe experiences that are more recent. However, any experience is good experience.

What to say

Highlight your experiences with children

Ideally, you have experience teaching children. You will want to emphasize that. But if you ever have been in care of children in the recent past, that would be optimal to mention. Emphasize their age group and what you did with the children during the time that you had them under your care. It would be wise to mention any subjects that you taught.

Highlight your teaching experience

Ideally, you have teaching experience with children. Remember to mention the age group. In this case, highlight as much teaching experience you have, whether it be from being a teacher’s assistant or research assistant, to training staff at your job, to being a children’s minister or bible day camp leader. As much experience you can muster, the better. And recent experience is preferable. Even casual encounters with children is good.

Explain your philosophy of education

There’s a big list of philosophers who wrote about education, including Piaget to B. F. Skinner. Learn about them and decide if that’s the philosophy you want to adapt; from pragmatism to absolutism, there’s a fair amount to choose from. It would be a bonus if you could quote your favorite.

Explain the skills you have

But don’t be lengthy. Highlight ones that might be rare. And be accurate to who you are – using a personality type test to figure out your personality type, then highlight the fact that a career in education was recommended for you  would be an idea. Pick from the list below that’s required to be a teacher:

Patience, Virtuous, Time management, Organization, Adaptable, Flexible, Cultural sensitivity, Good at receiving feedback, Lesson planning, Dedicated, Hardworking, Passionate, Good at public speaking, Focused, Good at multitasking, Bilingual, Playful, Fun, Positive, Upbeat, Caring, Thoughtful, Creative, Imaginative, Motivational, Inspirational, etc.

Tell them what motivates you to become a teacher

Was it a teacher from your past that you looked up to? What about your job experience, your passion, your background, your parents or kids? There can be many reasons for motivating you, but just focus on a few.

Good luck on your application!