Today I’m going to share with you how to answer professionally to questions in interview early childhood education jobs.
And I mean practice out loud to yourself, in front of a mirror or with trusted friends or family.
There are really 11 questions that you’re gonna get in the interview early childhood education jobs:
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The first one is almost in every kindergarten teacher interview but doesn’t really count, it’s not on the score sheet for example if you are interviewing for a school district and that one is “tell us about yourself”.
It’s such a generic, open-ended question but this is one you can nail. And I’m gonna give you some tips on how to do that.
When they say “tell us about yourself” this is your opportunity to make a great first impression and show how focused you are and how much you know about the job you are interviewing for.
Once they say “hey, well you know why don’t you just tell us about yourself” this is not an “oh, I love cats” kind of question. They don’t really want to know that.
This is your opportunity to talk about why you’re qualified for this job. Everything you say should be tied like if this is for a teaching position, should be tied to the classroom and the job you want to have.
So, for example, when I say “be prepared” have on a notecard the things you want to highlight when you answer that question.
Because you will be asked that question. You want to stick to 5 minutes at the very most. But you want to hit some highlights and let me tell you what those important things are:
For example, I would tell them that I got my undergraduate degree in human development and family studies at Kansas State and went on to get my Masters in Education and Certificate from a local state college.
I’m keeping it short, I don’t have to go into great detail about my degree, why I got it or know how great the college was.
So you need to talk about your college and where you got your certificate. You briefly want to talk about your teaching experience.
Here are the grade levels I’ve taught, these were my experiences, this is what I really liked about it. You don’t need to go through the list of every teaching job you’ve had. Just keep it short and simple.
So you’ll want to highlight a few of the professional development opportunities that you have sought out and how you applied them in your teaching experience. Again, just choose a couple of important ones.
If you do your research on that school beforehand you’ll know what professional development opportunities you’re gonna want to highlight because of schools every year will put on their websites about what their focus is.
Y’know if they’re really focused on STEM or reading comprehension or reading workshop you’ll know to highlight those types of things in your professional development experiences that you’re gonna share.
So, for example, you could say you know personally I really, really love traveling. Y’know I’ve traveled to many places in the country or many places in the world because I can bring those rich experiences back to the classroom to build the background knowledge of my students.
Duties you are an early headstart caregiver and your duties are to help the children with different bodily care routines to teach some different literacy cognitive physical and mathematical goals and to kind of and stuck them and work on and social-emotional aspects.
A typical workday:
in the morning you plan and then the children arrive in the classroom you then take the kids to go to the restroom.
After that, you serve breakfast with the children and eat with the kids and you model um table habits.
Then you have center time and you work on small group activities where we work on different sensory literacy mathematics goals.
After that, you have circle time where you read stories and sing songs with the students. And then you go outside and come back in, have lunch nap and go home.
It’s very supportive you have me and another co-teacher, and you also have floating a floating caregiver which comes in and gives breaks and just kind of help out if you need extra support and the working guy environments great and everyone’s a very goal-oriented and kind of looks to help the kids.
You need a CDA or an associate’s degree with the CDA, backgrounds.
You also need sometimes maybe a bachelor at early childhood which would be good.
. And before you say I have no good qualities no worst qualities understand that the interviewer is looking at your body language and your reaction outch!
The interviewer wants to see what kind of interpersonal skills you have.
You may want to talk about being a good listener making the parent feel like he or she has been heard and not reacting being proactive and solution oriented even giving the person the impression you like them even if they don’t like you and to ask for their input.
Should be very professional dress either dresses or um dress pants and a nice top.
1. Ask about your experience working with children.
3. They’ll ask you about different assessment tools that you could use with the kids um different or how would your typical day look as an instructor um.
If you’re interested in going into the field with early childhood concentrate on getting your bachelor’s degree in early childhood education jobs.
Because I feel that we’re moving towards needing your bachelor’s degree for early childhood education you.