‘Tis the season for all you soon-to-be M.Ed. grads to begin applying for jobs. And as someone who had to go through the arduous process of job applications and phone interviews not too long ago, I know how anxiety inducing the process can be. Since starting my current position, I’ve had the privilege of sitting on the other side of the table as a member of several search committees and the chair of another. As the interviewer, I’ve been a part of many a good interviews and some really terrible ones. So, as a former grad student and frequent interviewer, let me share some important tidbits with you to help you prepare for your first job interview. Read until the end to set up a mock phone interview with me to practice the skills described in this post.
A recent Facebook post reminded me of a pivotal moment during my time as a graduate assistant, earning my master’s degree in higher education. I worked 20 hours in the dean’s office, specifically helping students with disabilities get their proper accommodations. The work was draining, to say the least. A fellow classmate, who was completing her doc program, walked by. What started as a quick “hello”, turned into a deep, half hour conversation about our work that ultimately culminated in her telling me this: You’re not that important.