ERIC Number: EJ859560
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Hiring Highly Qualified Teachers Begins with Quality Interviews
Clement, Mary C.
Phi Delta Kappan, v91 n2 p22-24 Oct 2009
School administrators have some tough hiring decisions to make, and an interview to select the most highly qualified applicants is critically important. Even before the mandates of No Child Left Behind, school administrators strove to hire the best new teachers. Competent, caring, qualified teachers are the keys to enhanced student achievement. Employers have generally developed their own interview styles and questions, sometimes relying on how they were interviewed, or perhaps on a standard set of published questions. Behavior-based interviewing (BBI) has the potential to improve the teacher hiring process, as questions in this style of interview focus on candidates' past behaviors as the predictor of their future performance. Behavior-based interviewing depends on creating specific questions to ascertain the past experiences, skills, and behaviors of the candidate. The author offers tips on how to create the right and more specific questions, along with some examples. The author also offers guides to help employers evaluate answers and discusses the potential of BBI.
Descriptors: Employment Interviews, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Competencies, Teaching Skills, Caring, Academic Achievement, Teaching Experience, Teacher Behavior, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Questioning Techniques, Teacher Selection
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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