Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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Lead School-age Teacher/After School Teacher Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Kindercare (Duluth, GA) in August 2012.
I applied for this position online through Snag-a-job. This particular field has a high teacher turn over rate, so for just about every position I applied to, I was called back immediately. The Asst. Director told me, and I quote, "When I saw your resume, I told my boss, 'I don't want anybody but HER!'" I went into the interview without much confidence when she told me how many people applied for the job, but hearing this boosted my confidence.
I found the interview process to be fairly smooth and easy. The Assistant Director took care of the hiring process for the most part, and I met with the actual Director before my training began. The Asst. Director was impressed by my resume and tried to speed the process along. My interview with her was very short. She simply went over my resume again and asked me a few simple questions (asked for me to detail my experience and what I loved about working with children) just to make sure I was as competent as my resume stated.
She consulted her boss (the Director of the entire center) after meeting with me, and the Director called me in for a "follow-up" interview in which she basically stated that I was as good as hired but wanted to meet with me herself. She asked me many questions about my experience--mainly my experience with the specific age group with which I would be working--School age children (ages 5-12). She asked me if I had experience creating fun lesson plans and activities for that age group and experience tutoring or helping with homework. She mainly used this meeting as an opportunity to detail the job description and talk about salary and responsibilities. The training and hiring process is what is complicated and takes much longer. KinderCare is a large corporation, so they can do nothing (including hiring or firing employees) without approval from a corporate level. There was a lot of paperwork, background check, drug testing, etc. I spent a whole work day (about 6-7 hours) reading manuals and training work books and becoming familiar with all KinderCare policies and paperwork.
- The Director did voice concerns about my "youthful" appearance and reserved/soft spoken manner (Which was all true). At the time (year before last), I was a 21-year old college student, but she commented that I look much younger and stated that in the past, very young and soft-spoken teachers have had trouble commanding respect from the older students in this age group.
She made me aware of the challenges in the school-age classroom. " How would I handle disrespect from students or deal with school-age children that did not respect me as an adult? Or be able to manage my classroom and keep their attention without yelling?" Many of the students were in fact, my height and size. 1 Answer
No real negotiation, per se. I was offered a starting salary of $8.75 for this position, which is typical and what I expected for this type of work, so I accepted. I was given a pretty flexible schedule to start with.