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Education administrators must be the captains of schools or an entire school district and navigate them toward success. Because education administrators hold so much power and responsbility, hiring committees must carefully select the right candidates for these jobs. Providing inspired answers to interview questions may help you convince a hiring committee that you are up to the challenge. Improve your ability to answer impressively by planning your responses to some of the most common interview questions before taking your position in the hot seat.
Particularly if the job will be your first as an education administrator, the hiring committee will likely be keen to know what background experience you have to recommend you. If you have already served as an education administrator, concisely outline your key successes. If you haven’t yet held a job of this type, briefly touch on your teaching experience,but focus most heavily on situations in which you were given supervisory or leadership duties.
Why This Job
Education administrators often clock long hours and feel serious stress. Interviewers commonly ask candidates why they want such a hgh-pressure position. When they pose this question, they are looking for something more profound than, “I like children.” Be prepared to explain what you will be able to do as an education administrator that you couldn’t in another position in the field of education.
The way in which a school administrator leads will affect the overall environment of the school or district. The hiring committee may ask about your preferred leadership style. When answering this question, include detailed examples of times when your behavior has reflected your leadership style. For example, if you say that you prefer a cooperative work environment, detail an instance in which you implemented a survey as a means of ensuring that all staff members felt heard and included.
Monitoring instructional staff performance is a major part of an education administrator’s job. Hiring committees commonly ask candidates to explain how they monitor staff. Provide specific examples of tools you will use to keep tabs on teacher performance. Include in this list popular teacher monitoring options, such as walk-throughs and formal evaluations. If your state has a set of rules that specifically pertains to the teacher evaluation process, as in Ohio, which uses the Ohio Teacher Evaluation Model, study the method and prepare to speak about it with authority.
High quality education administrators constantly strive to improve the quality of their districts and buildings. The hiring committee may ask you what goals you have for the facility are have applied to oversee. Spend time researching the performance record of the building or district and prepare several goals that you would put in place if selected for the position. Providing a detailed description of these goals shows your preparedness and your dedication to improving the quality of education that students at the facility recieve. It also shows you have taken the intiative to look into the issues that the school or district has faced in the past.
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Erin Schreiner is a freelance writer and teacher who holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University. She has been actively freelancing since 2008. Schreiner previously worked for a London-based freelance firm. Her work appears on eHow, Trails.com and RedEnvelope. She currently teaches writing to middle school students in Ohio and works on her writing craft regularly.