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ERIC Number: EJ767331
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Preparing for Your Principal Interview
Spanneut, Gene
Principal Leadership, v7 n9 p42-46 May 2007
Being invited to the initial round of interviews for a principal opening is an opportunity; preparing for it is an investment. A successful interview requires that you create a detailed plan and take specific steps. This article provides tips on how to prepare yourself for a principal interview. Before you focus on what to do during your interview, you must have one key piece of information clearly in focus: who you are as a leader. This can be accomplished by having an honest and reflective conversation with yourself. Following your self-reflection, concentrate on preparing for what you must do throughout your interview. Initially, this includes gathering the materials that will help you during this important meeting. The interview will probably fly by, so it is essential that you have a plan to help you remember all that you need to. Participating in an interview is a privilege. It is the result of your deliberate and thoughtful research, attention, and hard work. Relax a bit while you anticipate receiving a positive telephone call. When that occurs and you are invited for the final round of interviews, you should have already begun to review all that you did to plan for your initial interview. Now, use what you learned and experienced during the first interview to design a more-focused plan. This further investment of your time, energy, and effort will not only prepare you for your final interview, but also it will be an asset when you are selected as the new principal.
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Language: English
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