You can never completely ace an interview, even if you are a perfectionist. But the aim is not to provide the perfect answer to each question thrown at you by an eager-to-slip-you-up interviewer. The point is that you project yourself as an individual who knows his or her worth, and can make it known to the person who is sitting across the interview table and throwing darts at you.
Interview success is highly dependent on how much you have prepared for the session, not just answering questions but also practicing your attitude. You’re good in both areas? Great! Refer to the following set of interview questions and answers to see how well you did in the former!
What qualifies you to work as a school coordinator at our facility?
Having worked as a school teacher for 10 years, and as a school coordinator for 7 years post teaching, I have hands-on experience in handling program management for an academic facility such as your school. In addition to this, I know the ins and outs of the academic business, including teacher training, parent liaison and student evaluations, which make me an excellent choice to hire as a school coordinator.
How important do you think teacher training is?
Nothing is more important than training teachers to teach effectively. Teaching standards and protocols keep changing as fast as curriculums do, and it is important that all teaching staff members keep up with the latest trends and teaching methodologies.
Why did you leave teaching and take up work as a coordinator?
While ongoing training means that teaching is almost never a boring job, I felt that I was quite saturated. I found my expertise in coordination during a short coordinator substitution that I did, and decided to train for the work in a professional capacity.
What is the one thing that you are immensely proud of that you are responsible for in this role?
Last year, after a great deal of time and effort, I was able to bring on-board 3 international teacher trainers to help the teachers of our school cope with the acute turn that the English curriculum had taken. I believe that bringing the trainers on-board when they refused their services to the best schools in the state, was quite an achievement.
What do you see yourself doing 5 years from now?
I am aiming to learn all there is to know about heading a high school, and hope to be working as a principal in the near future.
What is your main motivation behind working as a school coordinator?
I believe that solid education is the base on which livelihoods are made. My contribution to good education will lead many students to acquire bright futures. This is my main motivation.