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2nd Edition

Prepared Interviewing for Educators
A Guide for Seeking Employment

ISBN 9780367189273
Published May 9, 2019 by Routledge
118 Pages

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Book Description

This book will help you interview successfully for your first job—or a new role—in education. Author Scott Lempka offers simple, chronological steps to help you prepare for your interview and show yourself in the best possible light. Topics include:

  • Researching job opportunities
  • Using the Big Five strategy to showcase your achievements
  • Building Example Sandwiches to illustrate your experience
  • Following an Interview Countdown to prepare for your interview
  • Practicing sample interview questions in a variety of categories

In addition, this updated edition includes new information on networking through social media. With the tools and expert advice in this book, you’ll be able to anticipate what your educational employers desire, and you’ll gain the confidence you need to land your dream job.

Table of Contents

1. Do Some Recon  

2. Interview Preparation 

3. Interview Practice: Example Sandwiches  

4. Verbal Practice for the Interview  

5. Difficult Questions Made Easy  

6. The Day of the Interview  

7. The Interview Itself and Followup  

8. Résumés, Cover Letters, and Applications  

9. I Have a Job…So Now What?  

10. Closing Thoughts

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Scott Lempka is a nationally recognized school leader with 20 years’ experience as a teacher, instructional coach, and administrator. Scott currently serves as principal of Parker Elementary School in Elk River, Minnesota.


"After struggling through dozens of interviews, I found Prepared Interviewing for Educators. It completely revolutionized my interview experience! I felt prepared, confident, and positive. This book is a must-read for teachers looking for a job."Wendi Bottiger, Teacher, Anoka-Hennepin School District, MN

"This useful interviewing guide is like having your own career counselor and trainer, but with the added value of Scott Lempka’s educational administrative experience and mentoring voice. The interview preparation elements in this book are current, practical, and invaluable. For those who desire to interview with confidence, this book is a must. I recommend this book to every teacher candidate in our program."Ronald Ginn, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education and Director of Field Experiences and Student Teaching, University of Northwestern—St. Paul, MN