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Teacher, Kindergarten Interview

Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
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I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Seattle Public Schools (Seattle, WA) in August 2013.

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I moved from a different state and didn't know much about the hiring process beforehand. After working in the district for a few years, I now understand the process. The district has three hiring phases—first phase starting around April. The first two phases are for internal hires only. They did not start posting jobs for external hires on the district website until about a month before school started. The process moves very quickly from here. At this point most of the jobs that were posted were in low-income schools in the South End of Seattle. I applied for all the F/T positions I qualified for. You apply to each individual job and submit an individualized cover letter to each job. I also looked up the principal's email address on the school website and sent a more personal, direct email to each of them asking for their consideration. The principal reviews it and calls candidates in for interviews. I started getting calls from several schools (about 6) in one week. I went to the interview and there is a hiring team. I've been in on interviews that had anywhere from 4-7 people. They are allowed to give you the questions 15 min. before your interview so that you have a chance to think of answers, take notes, and prepare. So go to the interview early! The interviews work on a points system. Each person interviewing has been through a hiring training. They score you on each of your answers and they typically hire the person/people ranked the highest. The night of my interview I got a call from the principal telling me I got the job, and asking if I would accept it. She called me ASAP because she was worried I would accept another offer. I applied and interviewed for a second grade position, but it turns out they had a Kindergarten position opening up and it wasn't yet posted. So she asked which position I would prefer. My experience was in primary grades so I said kindergarten. I had to go back in an do an informal interview, as part of the required process, but it was assumed that I had the job.

Interview Questions

  • How to differentiate instruction? What do I have to offer the diverse population of ELLs and low-income families of the school? What does my reading instruction look like? I was given a sample of a student's writing and asked why my next steps would be to help this particular child improve.   Answer Question
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