Hi Ryan! This is from a Mentor blog I wrote for NSTA. -- Mary B.
Do some exploring before the interview in case you're asked what you know about the school or community. Look for nearby science-related resources (parks, museums, nature centers, etc.). Learn a little about the history of the community and what it's famous for. Visit the school's website to learn about the school culture, facilities, extracurricular activities. Look over the student and faculty handbooks if they are available online.
In your workshops, I'm sure it was suggested that you answer the questions completely and succinctly. Don't fake a response or answer with unrelated information. Write the question down on a notepad and add it to your list of things to learn about.
Even though you know to dress professionally for the interview, you could accessorize subtly with the school colors.
Shake hands firmly and repeat names as you are introduced. "It's a pleasure to meet you, Dr. Jones." Turn off your cell phone.
Purge your personal social media sites of inappropriate information or photos. Don't continue to share things that you would not want your future students and their parents (and school administrators) to see.
The committee may ask if you have any questions. Show your interest by asking
· What is the school's philosophy toward science instruction?
· What mentoring and professional development activities are available?
· What kind of lab resources and technology are available?
· What is the role of extracurricular activities in the school?
· How do teachers use community resources such as... (that you identified before the interview)?