Characteristics That Help You Find The Right Candidate
Charismatic, responsive, creative, and passionate are just a few of the adjectives principals use to describe people who should be running their classrooms, and as a leader you don’t have to agree with everything your employees do, you just have to be happy to have them. While it’s natural to want to hire people who can handle the challenges that come with everyday operations, it’s also important to take the right things into consideration when choosing who will be best suited to take on the role of leader in your future. You’ll find that there are many traits and characteristics that only can be truly expressed through work experience and therefore do not apply when you are looking to hire someone new to the role.
Interviewees can perform well in a general administrative role, and if they also fit the profile of a “man on a mission” or a manager who has “a glass half full” attitude, they are definitely going to do well. For other roles though, in order to make sure you have the right candidate for the role, you are going to want to ask some questions that will help you find out whether or not the candidate will be a great fit in the role, and the next time around, you can find more of the qualities in the next person.
1. Who is the best teacher you ever had?
With thousands of applications going through your hiring decision, there is always an obvious candidate and in the right candidate, you’ll likely find some combination of qualities that other people haven’t been able to consistently match. When you ask this, you’re first getting an idea of who fits the criteria that was in the job description, but you’re also giving the candidate an opportunity to tell you more about themselves. This will help you determine how well they know the subject matter and what their strengths are. If you’re really looking for someone who is going to provide the following in a future role, ask them to tell you one thing that they wish they had understood or been taught while they were in school. If their response is anything but helpful, skip them to the next candidate.
2. What do you value most in your current workplace?
This is a powerful question because a person’s character and integrity are at stake when they make these statements. Perhaps, what you find is that all of the people who are the best teachers at a school trust the same teacher or do the same thing that everyone is expected to do when it comes to school, or they do the right thing by all their students and complete their duties without necessarily showing them an ounce of favoritism. Regardless of the answer, it is one of the best opportunities you have to assess your potential candidate and see if there are any areas where they might need more guidance and help.
3. What is your dream career and what do you want to get into in the future?
Know that if a teacher is already quite a bit invested in their profession, they have to really love what they are doing to have the interest in pursuing a higher position in education and they are also going to display high emotional intelligence. This is an intense career, but if you can get at least a general idea of what they want to do in the future, you can get the best sense of whether they are the best person for the role, and if they are, how close they are to being ready for the role you’re looking for.
4. What do you know about being a professional organizer?
A common question that all teachers have to answer is, “How much time do you have to prepare for the day?” Being a teacher means that you’re often finding yourself exhausted when you need to be involved in multiple activities. A good administrator should have a solid knowledge of organizational skills, as well as the concepts of using time to its best effect. You will want to know about their willingness to step up and take responsibility when there are things that need to be finished, and that their busyness is not only because they are busy in the role, but because it is important to them to get the work done.
5. What do you love about your job?
It goes without saying that when a person is a teacher, they are already involved in a lot of interaction and have to approach their job with both a professional attitude and an appreciation for the work. It’s important to know whether or not they show this type of sentiment when it comes to their own professional lives, and it is not only helpful to look at their experience with school, but also at their experience as someone who is working toward their own goal in life.
6. How is the job they are currently in getting them the results they expect?
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