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How to Prepare for Educational or Teacher Assistant Interview

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Working with students provides a great deal of satisfaction and also helps your personal bottom line with steady income. Educational or teacher assistants work specific hours during the school day and receive the same holidays as the school district offers, making the job ideal if you have children attending the school district. Preparing for the interview will help you get the job. It will also help calm your nerves.

Make copies of your resume. Many school districts struggle with cuts to their funding. Bringing a copy of your resume minimizes copying costs for the district, demonstrating your understanding of the district or school's financial constraints.

Review the role of educational or teacher assistant as defined by the district or school. Aides typically support an entire staff, but educational or teacher assistants focus on supporting one teacher, classroom or grade at a time.

Review the curriculum if you know in advance the grade that you will support. A review makes you more familiar with the types of curriculum covered at that grade level. While teaching assistants don't teach, they do provide support for students who need help beyond the classroom lecture. As a result, demonstrating familiarity with the curriculum requirements helps you stand out in the field of applicants for the educational or teacher assistant position.

Bring a copy of your tuberculosis test. In some states, you must have a negative TB test to work with students. New Jersey requires screening upon initial employment for all teaching staff and California additionally screens every four years.

Rehearse an answer about your experience working with children, highlighting any tutoring, curriculum knowledge or courses you've taken on child development. When you're in an interview, especially if you've been away from the workplace for a time, your nerves can get the better of you. Practice answers in advance to polish your phrasing and ensure you don't draw a blank when asked about your experience with respect to assisting a teacher. For example, prepare a response to how you've dealt with particularly difficult child in a group setting, giving a brief overview of what occurred and how you worked the situation through to a resolution.

Practice answers about why you want the job. While the perquisite of twinning your schedule with your children's school year is personally compelling, it doesn't highlight your skills above another candidate's in an interview. Focus on business and educational reasons that the school, teacher or district finds compelling, such as passion for children's education, joy in working with a particular developmental age or your interest in exploring the educational field.


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