That was a complete waste of time. It was a panel interview. There were five candidates and four people interviewing us. It was me, this older woman who was laid off from her last school due to budget cuts, a hippie-dude who needed a haircut (and actually included recycling on his resume), an Asian woman who could barely speak English, and this black woman who’s been with Teach for America and speaks three languages, and volunteers with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and has advanced degrees and quotes philosophers by name and uses the words “rhetoric” and “methodology” when answering questions about education.
I feel like the only reason I was there was to make this woman look better. And of course I was sitting next to her so I either had to follow her or she followed me. In both cases she made me look stupid.
The interview lasted for hours. We even had to take a break for lunch! It started with a bunch of essay questions and we had to grade writing samples. Then they gave a long presentation about the school, gave us a tour, and then we sat for a panel interview where they gave us questions based on our essay questions.
There were dozens of hypothetical questions that we each had to answer.
Then we went into a summer school classroom and taught our fraction lesson.
Then we separated and had individual interviews with the different people. The worst part was while we were pulled out for the mock lesson and interviews we were stuck getting to know each other. I don’t want to know these people! They’re the enemy!
I played on my phone most of the time.
Waste of an entire day!