Saturday, March 31, 2018

What Do You Enjoy Most?

One of the main purposes of an interview is to discover an individual's underlying philosophy.  It doesn't matter whether you're applying for the CEO of a major corporation, a sale clerk at a local department store, or a teaching position.  The interviewer wants to know what you stand for, what you believe, and whether you will be a good "fit" for the organization.  As a result, here is a question certain to arise in almost every interview you have.

     What do you enjoy most about working with young people?

     A:   I particularly enjoy their natural sense of curiosity – the way they ask questions, the way they pose problems, and the ways in which they look at the world.  One of the most powerful books I read recently was “Mindset” by Carol Dweck.  In that book she talks about how everyone has one of two mindsets - “Growth” or “Fixed.”  Her research showed that mindset unfolds in childhood and ultimately drives every aspect of our lives.  In addition, she showed how creative geniuses in all fields - music, literature, science, sports, business - apply the growth mindset - that eternal sense of curiosity - to achieve results.  Even more important, Dweck demonstrated how we can change our mindset at any stage of life to achieve true success and fulfillment.  I want to foster, promote, and stimulate that growth mindset in my classroom – a classroom that promotes, supports, and enhances curiosity ultimately leading to academic and personal success.
Here’s a question where your passion for teaching will come through – either loud and clear…or soft and indistinct.  Let the interviewer know you are in it for the kids…and not for anything else.