Special Education Teacher Interview
Special education teacher interview questions can be difficult to answer if you have not prepared properly, even though you may have gone through the educational system with no difficulty whatsoever, and then obtained your license allowing you to practice. There are many people in the world who believed that getting a good education would virtually guarantee them a job, only to find that when they get out into the real world the situation is very different. This is less likely to happen in this type of specialist area, but you may still have to face some difficult interviews.
In the teaching profession it is obviously essential that the background of every prospective employee is assessed and evaluated. There have to be strict guidelines laid down as to who can and who cannot work with children, and if there is anything criminal in your background relating to children you will never be able to secure employment. Some background questions can be difficult to answer, but if anything this is less so now that the employers have access to computerized databases of offenders against children. If your record shows up clear, the employer will just assume that everything is in order.
Everyone who attends a job interview will always be asked about their level of experience, especially as it relates to the exact type of work which the role involves. You don’t have to experience of teaching to succeed in a job related to special education, but it can certainly help. Many of the people who take college courses aimed at getting a bachelor’s degree in special education are already teachers within the regular school system looking to expand their skills. If you don’t already have teaching experience but you have the degree, try and get some voluntary work experience in a related field.
In many ways the most difficult special education teacher interview questions are the ones which relate to ambition and where you want to take your career in the future. On the one hand, you want to appear ambitious enough to prove to the employer that you really want to do this type of work, but on the other hand you don’t want to seem as though you are really only interested in managerial and administrative roles rather than working directly with children. In most cases, being honest will be the best policy, as many want to work with children for several years and then move up the ladder.
Many government departments have now switched their interview process over to a system known as competency interviews, which often changes the type of questions which can be asked. You will need to demonstrate that you would be competent in the skills which are needed to do the job which you are applying for, but many of the irrelevant questions which employers sometimes ask to catch people unawares are eliminated. Those with experience of this type of interview often find it easier to cope with than the ones which are harder to predict.
The easiest way to learn to cope with special education teacher interview questions is to practice. If you have a friend or relative with a domineering manner, they will be exceptionally good at playing the interviewer while you practice and gain confidence. Failing this you can practice yourself in front of a mirror or by recording some questions on audio. Try to record your responses and then listen back to them, to see how the tone of your voice sounds and how you are coming across to the listener. Even solo practice will help you cope with special education teacher interview questions.