What's important as you prepare for a behavioral-based interview for a school administrator's position?

The Dim Bulb

The Occasional Musings of an Educator

by Michael Keany

#16 - January 23, 2023

The brain is capable of performing 10 quadrillion (that’s 10 to the 16th) “calculations,” or synaptic events, per second using only about 15 watts of power. At this rate, a computer as powerful as the human brain would require 1 gigawatt of power. Maybe a dim bulb isn't really as dim as it seems.

The photo at the left is the  Livermore Centennial bulb, the world's longest burning electric bulb

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What's important as you prepare for a behavioral-based interview for a school administrator's position?

Here are some steps to prepare for a behavioral-based interview for a school administrator's position:

  1. Research the school and its mission, vision, and values. Be familiar with the school's programs, initiatives, and challenges.

  2. Review the job description and the qualifications required for the position. Be able to explain how your skills and experiences align with the requirements of the job.

  3. Prepare examples of situations where you have demonstrated the skills and competencies required for the position. Behavioral-based interviews often use the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to structure your answers.

  4. Practice your answers to common interview questions, such as "Tell me about a time when you had to handle a difficult situation" or "How do you handle conflicts with colleagues or parents?"

  5. Prepare questions to ask the interviewer, such as "What are the biggest challenges facing the school today?" or "What are the school's priorities for the next academic year?"

References:

  • "Behavioral Interviewing" by the United States Office of Personnel Management
  • "How to Ace a Behavioral Interview" by Forbes
  • "Behavioral Interviewing Techniques" by the University of California, Berkeley

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