UPDATE: VIDEO INTERVIEWS IN THE AGE OF COVID-19
As an educational job coach who prepares candidates for their interviews, I am getting valuable feedback from my clients about their recent experiences in doing video interviews. What can be generalized about their experiences? How can candidates successfully adapt to the “new normal” of video interviewing? What are the most recent…
Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on June 7, 2020 at 11:19am —
As an educational job coach who prepares candidates for their interviews, I am getting valuable feedback from my clients about their recent experiences in doing video interviews. What can be generalized about their experiences? How can candidates successfully adapt to the “new normal” of video interviewing?
- Interviewing on video can be an unfamiliar and uncomfortable experience. Some…
Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on April 22, 2020 at 5:55pm —
How is my resume screened? What is the screener really looking for? How does the screening process work? If I apply for a job and don’t hear back should I call? Although each district customizes their process, the variations are usually minor. So, how does it really work?
When you apply for a position, be prepared to wait. Don’t be a pest and call the personnel office to inquire about your status. They are… Continue
Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on March 5, 2020 at 10:30am —
Trying to get a leadership job can be very much like a horse race. Recently, a school district posted an ad for an assistant principal. They received more than 250 applicants, met with 20 for a pre-screening interview, and then a hiring committee interviewed 8 semi-finalists. The Kentucky Derby had 16 horses “run for the roses”. Those horses had the benefit of the best trainers in the world prepare them.…
Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on February 7, 2020 at 11:44am —
As an experienced career coach, I have found that at least 20% of my clients are over the age of 45. There is no telling how many so called “older workers” are so discouraged about their age that they reject even considering applying for a leadership job. My older clients ask: “I am an older candidate and feel that my age is working against me, how I compete against these 30-something year-olds?”…
Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on January 28, 2020 at 12:30pm —
In interview situations, I’ve coached many school leaders and teachers about the importance of presenting oneself in a confident manner. Some refer to this as gravitas. Gravitas is the ability to project self-confidence, influence, credibility, and command respect. When you speak, others listen. Do not confuse gravitas with arrogance. People who project gravitas are thoughtful; they think before they speak and bring substance to the… Continue
Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on November 26, 2019 at 9:30am —
The Likeability Factor and Being a Good Fit
The two most important assets during an interview is likeability and being a good fit. Likeability and fit can trump everything--your knowledge of pedagogy, your qualifications, everything. Unconsciously, interviewers often decide at first sight whether they like you. Still, over the course of the interview, interviewers can change their opinions in either direction. If they really like you, they may… Continue
Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on November 14, 2019 at 12:34pm —
Getting a Teaching Job: When All Else Fails by Larry Aronstein
“I’ve done everything I can think of; now it’s the summer, and I still don’t have a job. What should I do now?” Well, this calls for extraordinary measures. Basketball coaches motivate their players as the game draws to an end and the score is still close by telling them, “Leave everything you’ve got on the court.” This means exhaust all possibilities. Most school leaders are on vacation during July and… Continue
Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on July 29, 2019 at 10:00am —
WHAT THEY’RE LOOKING FOR AND HOW TO PRESENT YOURSELF
Everything you write and say should contribute to building an attractive and effective narrative. Your narrative is the story you tell about yourself as a candidate. This includes your resume and cover letter, how you present yourself physically, your answers to the interviewers’ questions, the questions you ask, your letters of reference, and what your references say… Continue
Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on April 20, 2019 at 4:15pm —
Cover letters are seldom read carefully and there’s a good chance that it might never be read. Yet, a cover letter is always required. So, you might as well develop the best one that you can.
- Keep the letter to one page.
- Carefully proof read for any mechanical errors—spelling, punctuation, grammar, word choice, capitalization, complete sentences. Have a colleague who has excellent writing skills proof…
Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on February 22, 2019 at 11:51am —
I have been coaching school leaders and aspiring leaders in preparation for their interviews for about eight years. My clients frequently ask me questions that no one else seems to be able to provide effective answers. Here are some of those questions:
- I don’t think I will get a positive recommendation from my supervisor, what can I do?
- I am an older candidate and feel that my age is working against me, how do I deal with…
Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on January 17, 2019 at 11:13am —
- What do you anticipate being the most difficult types of problems that you will face in our district?
- What process will you use to build an effective leadership team?
- What strategies would you use when responding to a crisis?
- What steps do you go through in developing a District Budget?
- Assume that there is a serious need to improve buildings and grounds, how would you go about Capital Improvement Planning?
- What is your…
Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on December 3, 2018 at 12:30pm —
Candidates for leadership positions are often asked: “What do you look for in an excellent teacher?” My response to this question is the ability to teach for student understanding. The learning of knowledge and skill are at the core of education. We want students to deeply understanding the important concepts in all the subject areas. Understanding does not mean that a student can memorize and recite minute facts and demonstrate routine skills with very… Continue
Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on October 2, 2018 at 2:01pm —
You got your new leadership job. Now what? What can you do on day one to maximize your success in your new position? You have been a successful teacher who enjoyed a reputation of being friendly, warm and collegial. Now, as an entry-level administrator (assistant principal, chairperson, coordinator, dean), you are expected to deal effectively with teachers who in some cases may be more experienced than you and who may be resistant to your leadership, and… Continue
Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on August 7, 2018 at 2:00pm —
YOUR CANDIDACY: WHAT THEY’RE LOOKING FOR AND HOW TO PRESENT YOURSELF
Everything you submit in writing and say contributes to building an attractive and effective narrative, that is a story and picture of yourself as a candidate. This includes your resume and cover letter, how you present yourself, your answers to the interviewers’ questions, the… Continue
Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on June 1, 2018 at 10:00am —
Being Interviewed by a Board of Education
Over the last several years boards of education have become more actively involved in interviewing and selecting candidates for leadership positions. State law dictates that only the Board can make personnel appointments. Of course, board members are elected officials and as such they have their own… Continue
Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on May 21, 2018 at 10:30am —
Resumes That Get You Interviews
Resumes and cover letters should be designed to get you an interview. If you’re a fairly well qualified candidate and you aren’t getting interviews, or if your rate of getting interviews is low, then your resume and cover letter are probably your problems. Well qualified candidates should be getting interviews at… Continue
Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on April 9, 2018 at 11:30am —
Dealing with Difficult and/or Resistant Staff
Every faculty has difficult and/or resistant people. I think that most supervisors would agree that dealing with them is the most challenging aspect of their job. Being a difficult person is a personality trait. Difficult people come in several varieties. They are often whiners, judgmental, opinionated, and negative. Resistant… Continue
Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on March 27, 2018 at 2:30pm —
Interview Preparation: What Does the Coaching Process Entail?
Have you considered being coached to improve your performance during an interview and wondered what it entailed? As a successful coach of 100’s of educators over the last seven years, let me give you an overview of my approach which includes: (1) a preliminary review of your resume and cover letter; (2) a brief complimentary telephone in-take conversation; (3) several (between one and four)… Continue
Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on February 4, 2018 at 5:29pm —
LEAVE REPLACEMENT: AM I INTERESTED?
Should you consider taking a leave replacement position? Like most other complex questions, the answer is, “It depends”. It depends on your specific set of circumstances. It depends on the conditions surrounding the leave.
What are your circumstances?
- Are you starting a new career as a teacher? If you have been unsuccessfully seeking a position in teaching, then a leave replacement makes sense. A leave…
Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on January 4, 2018 at 10:30am —