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I'm the dept head of sped at my elem school. We will be hiring a new intervention specialist for next year and I have been asked to sit in on the interviews. This person will most likely be 3-4 grade reading, maybe pullout, maybe inclusion, maybe both. I'm not sure if I'm going to be expected to ask questions or not, but I'd like some ideas of questions that aren't your basic crappy interview questions. Thanks in advance!


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How would you handle any disagreements you had with a teacher (gen and/or sped)?

How do you plan on keeping data?

How do you feel about the use of worksheets in the classroom?

(Depending on your district size) Are you comfortable with travelling to other school sites?
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Old 05-03-2016, 09:57 AM
 
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Whatever you decide, make sure you ask the same questions to all the interviewees so it's an even playing field. If you skip a question for one person, skip it for all.
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I've interviewed at 4 different schools
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and got the job 3 of those times. (One year I interviewed at 2 schools and accepted a job at one. Other years, I interviewed at one district and received an offer for that position. I've only worked in 3 districts.)

A lot of my questions where situational. The interviewer would give an example of a potential situation and ask how I would respond or handle it. Some were negative and some were positive (not many.) Some were about procedures, planning, academics, interventions, supplies, etc. and many more were about student or staff behaviors.

I don't think you need to ask exactly the same questions of each candidate every interview though. Some candidates will volunteer their answers when speaking freely and/or answering a previous question. Just have a variety of situations available so that each interview has the same general length rather than the amount of questions.
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The districts I've worked in have had set questions that must be asked to everyone and we weren't allowed to add anything or ask follow up questions. It was an HR rule so that all candidates get the same "interview experience" and no one can claim discrimination later. It's really irritating to not be able to ask follow up questions because I feel like sometimes the candidate doesn't understand what we're asking or didn't answer fully, but we can't say anything. This past time we were interviewing for sped was really irritating because we kept getting candidates from a nearby very wealthy district because of political drama they have going on (my district is very low SES). The way they were answering questions was not wrong for the population they were teaching in their current district, but sounded terribly ineffective for our population. I wanted so badly to ask, "Would you change anything if you knew that the students you'll be working with are typically at least 2-3 years below grade level?"

I think it really depends on your school and demands of the job there, but I think our most eye opening questions were about:
-Developing programming for meeting student needs (can't remember exactly how we worded the question, but it was helpful to see if people had a repertoire of strategies/knew what they were talking about vs. just being familiar with one scripted program or just pushing in and helping with whatever the classroom teacher is doing, etc.)
- What do you think your role would be in collaborating with other service providers (including SLP, school psych, OT)
-How do you motivate students who are struggling to learn?
-How would you work with classroom teachers to develop tier 2 or tier 3 behavior plans for students? This is one where I would love to have follow up questions; many people misunderstood and talked about their own classroom management vs. actually developing behavior plans.


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