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Old 12-26-2007, 06:37 PM
 
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I'm just curious as to see what others would say would be a good answer. I was asked this in a mock interview and feel like the answer I gave would have really screwed up any chance of me getting a job had it been a real interview. I think I said something about the best characteristic would be friendly, hard-working, and caring about oneself; and the worst characteristics were having absolute no disregard for others and total refusal to want to learn. Well, at least that's what mock interviews are for.


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Aren't bests and worsts usually opposites? If the wost characteristic a person can have is the refusal to learn, then shouldn't the best be willingness to try new ideas?

I would rephrase the worst characteristics to make them sound more positive, such as seeming careless and being stagnent. Then finish your response with why the opposite is so important. "It is important to be part of the school/teacher community...or...important to be a life-long learner, as new educational reserach is published, it is important for teachers to be reflective and take into account what changes they could make to increase student learning..."
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Are you talking about YOUR best and worst traits? Or just in general?
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I have sat on hiring panels and generally, the answers most of the administrators I have worked with want are "supposed" to be very child centered, without the attention to "I" or the interviewee.

Your post was probably written in haste, but 'no disregard' is a double negative and doesn't make sense the way I think you wanted to express.

In a real interview, I might equate desirable characteristics with caring or compassion, empathy, etc. Worse characteristics would include selfishness, lack of respect for oneself and others, and an absence of vision, enthusiasm, passion, etc.

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My answers:

Best: Professional, consistant, hard-working, dedicated.

Worst: Lazy, inconsistant, or a person with low standards of excellence.


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