Baltimore County Public Schools
Baltimore County Public Schools Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Teacher Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Baltimore County Public Schools.
Interview Details – I skipped the curriculum interview and went right to the individual school (I had a contact who got me through the door) so I can't speak to what goes on at the top. But at the school level it's mostly standard education questions. What's your educational philosophy? How do you handle diversity in the classroom? Describe a lesson that went wrong? How do you use formative and summative assessment?
Essentially, if you've paid any attention at all in your pedagogy courses you'll be fine; it's the standard questions you'd expect.
Interview Question – All questions were fairly straightforward. I do not recall anything being particularly tricky. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation; salary scale.
Classroom Teacher Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Baltimore County Public Schools in August 2009.
Interview Details – The job was in a low income area and I was informed during the interview that no training from a "white" university will help me regardless of being trained as a school teacher. I took the job anyway because the pay was nice, and the assistant principal seemed to communicate better than the principal.
Interview Question – Are you ok leaving everyday knowing what kind of conditions these children go home too, or knowing that this isn't some movie where you are going to save kids? View Answer
Negotiation Details – I didn't try to negotiate, but I think I could have if I had more experience in the area of salary negotiation.
Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Baltimore County Public Schools in July 2012.
Interview Details – Was scheduled for an interview and when I arrived they told it was only a a panel screen. I was given 12 questions to review beforehand. I was not asked to come back for an interview.
Teacher Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Baltimore County Public Schools in June 2012.
Interview Details – I went for a screening interview and was completely turned off by this district. When I first went in, I was told they were "running behind" on interviews, so it would be a longer wait. I felt like just another number on their list, people were coming in and out like a revolving door. Finally, when a woman came to get me, she said "I forget who I am out here for, something like...." Of course, that was the woman who was going to interview me (let alone she was a principal!) She took me back to a room with her and another woman. They asked basic questions about special education, which is what I was there for. I was interrupted multiple times by the blonde one (I forget her name) during my answers. For example, one question was "What is your experience with IEP's?" When I answered, she interrupted me and asked me to say what IEP stood for. I answered. She then asked me to define what ABA was. Again, I was caught off guard because those are very common terms in special education. This part lasted maybe 10 minutes. After that, I was told to wait for another woman, who will go into more detail about what specific job openings there are. I waited another 10-15 minutes for this woman. When I finally arrived at her office, she explained to me that my previous two interviewers thought I knew my stuff (about special education) but I was too "arrogant and annoyed at their questions." I almost fell over in my chair. She explained that I used too many acronyms, such as IEP. At this point, I was ready for this interview to be over. She explained that she would still send my resume out to principals, but if I interview with them, I need to be more "down to earth". I agreed (just so I could get out of there) and will never return. I assumed that since I was applying for a special education position, I would be interviewing with people who have that background. If you do interview, dumb everything down! The blonde woman was very unfriendly, rude and not welcoming. It is not my fault that I used acronyms that she didn't understand (and asked IN the question!) I will not be working for a district that thinks I am arrogant. I have never been called that in my life (although I know that sounds arrogant :) ).
PS: Just this morning I was called back by another MD SD for a second interview with the principal, so clearly they liked me. I have a feeling the blonde woman would have found something wrong with me no matter what.
Interview Question – What is your experience with IEP's? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Unprofessional hiring staff and bad gut feeling. I felt like more of a "have to get this done" than being treated like a person.