‘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.
Once you get to college, the primary method of communication with any college professional, from your advisor to your professor, will be done via email. Some might actually prefer you email them as opposed to coming by in person. Think of it as the college version of the why call when you can text movement! As such, it is important that you know how to properly communicate via email.
That college professors are scary or intimidating is something I hear all too often from my students when I ask them why they don’t go to office hours. And truth be told, I found them pretty scary myself, especially as a freshman. After all, they typically hold advanced degrees, such as PhDs, are highly knowledgeable in their field, can have high expectations, throw around big fancy words and last but not least, hold your grade in the palm of their hand. But regardless of how much you may try, you can’t avoid your professors forever and nor should you want to.
Unhealthy pride here refers to being too proud to seek out the help of others or being too proud to accept constructive criticism or feedback. By the definition of unhealthy pride alone, one can surmise that having an unhealthy sense of pride can be detrimental in college. Here are 3 big reasons why: