Easy Ways to Prepare for Job Interviews

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Finding college teaching jobs is a fairly straightforward process, much like the search for any other job. The interview process for jobs in colleges is a bit more involved, however, and requires quite a bit of preparation. Getting ready for interviews for higher education jobs doesn’t have to be stressful. Following these tips will ensure you are prepared for your interview.

Being prepared for an interview starts before you even get the phone call asking to schedule the interview. Keeping a list of questions to ask near the phone will help you be prepared for the call and the interview at the same time. You will want to write down the date, time, and location of the interview so that you will be able to add them to your calendar later. If the college is not within easy driving distance of your house, you will want to ask if the institution will be reimbursing you for travel expenses. Even if that is not the case, many colleges will be willing to cover your transportation to campus from the airport or train station, so be sure to ask.

Once you know the logistics of how you will get to your interview, you should remember to ask questions about the interview itself. If the human resources representative does not mention it during your conversation, be sure to ask if you will need to perform a teaching demonstration. If this is the case, be sure to ask what technology will be available where you will be giving your demonstration, and bring back-up materials to the interview with you in case of technical difficulties or relocation.

During the interview, be sure to emphasize your compassion and fairness in the classroom, instead of how tough on students you may be. Speak clearly, at a consistent volume, and make contact with your interviewers. Smile. If you have time, try to do a relaxing activity before the interview to calm your nerves.

Interviews for college teaching jobs may be more involved than conventional job interviews, but this should not intimidate you. As long as you are confident and friendly, you will do just fine in your upcoming interviews and in your career as a college professor. Helpful research also found here.