Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Teacher Interview Style

First off, let me just tell you the good news! I'm going to be a 1st Grade teacher this school year!!!!!!!!!!!!! My dream is coming true! I know you all know that it's been my absolute dream since I graduated college to have a classroom of my own. I've had interviews every summer and they have resulted in jobs that I love because I'm educating young minds, but it was never a grade level classroom. My first year out of college I was a substitute teacher, which I loved and it was the perfect thing to do the first year out. This past school year I was a technology teacher and a title one reading teacher, which I loved and had so much fun doing.

When I was preparing for each of my interviews this summer the first thing that came to my fashionista mind was, "What am I going to wear?". I would instantly get on Pinterest and start looking....I was actually really disappointed in some of the interview outfits on there, so I decided to make this post for teachers who are interviewing now or in the future. When I was in school they always told us to be very professional, but having a pop of color makes you more memorable. 


1. You need to have a good blazer! The blazer can be your pop of color or it can be black, which is always classy and professional. I have worn a yellow blazer for an interview before and I've worn black. I've always gotten my blazers at Forever 21 because they are classy, well made, and a good price.

Gold Necklace from Kohl's similar to this for $24.
Red Scalloped Blouse from TJ maxx similar to this for $5.90.
Black Blazer from Forever 21 similar to this for $24.80 or this pop of color one for $32.80.
Gray and Black houndstooth pants from TJ Maxx similar to these for $19.80.
Black Patent Wedges from TJ Maxx similar to these $17.80.

2. You need a pencil skirt that covers your knees. Make sure the pencil skirt is nicely made and isn't too tight (If you can see your underwear lines it's too tight, so you probably shouldn't wear it.) Teachers are mostly interviewing in the summer time and it can be really hot out, so this is another reason why a pencil skirt is a good idea. I'm usually sweating because I'm so nervous anyways, so anything I wear is too hot. Ha! This pencil skirt can also be your pop of color, which is what I did. I also wore this skirt to my interview last summer.
This Summer
(I was offered the job in this outfit!)
 Black Blazer (again) from Forever 21 similar to this for $24.80.
Polka Dot button down from Tommy Hilfiger Outlet similar to this for $24.50.
Green Pencil Skirt from Forever 21 similar to this for $34.50.
Black Patent Wedges from TJ Maxx similar to these for $17.80.

Last Summer
(Outfit details here)

3. Pop of color! My professor in college told us a story about when she was interviewing for a new teacher at their elementary school and there was a candidate who came in with a hot pink blazer on. She ended up getting the job because not only was she very qualified, they remembered her because of her hot pink blazer. She said that she was the only one with a pop of color and that stood out to them. As you can see above, I added a pop of color in my skirt or top. Last year I added a pop of color in my blazer.
Last Summer
(Outfit details here)

4. You need to bring a large purse. I say large because you should bring extra copies of your resume. I also brought my teaching license, so they could see I was certified. I brought extra copies of my letters of recommendation. I was given my large Coach purse as a gift when I graduated college, specifically for interviews. Scroll up to see my purse if you missed it! It's literally the perfect size!

**Note: You never know if you'll be interviewing with just the principal or with other teachers. My interviews this summer had the principal and three or four other teachers and then I had an interview with just the assistant superintendent of the school district.

I made folders for one of my interviews with my blog business card (They loved it, so don't be afraid to flaunt it.), copies of my resume, teaching license, and letters of recommendation. I also included a cute Kit-Kat thank you that I got from Parties and Patterns Blog.


5. My last tip for your style is to be yourself and don't forget to smile (and breathe)! :)

This year I found this site on Pinterest that had some amazing advice on things to say when they ask specific questions. I do believe it helped me a lot to just think about questions they might ask and think about what I would say. Check it out HERE. One question that I had never been asked before and caught me off guard was "What character trait annoys you the most?". I was like WHAT??? I admitted that it was a hard question and I went on describing that people who are negative probably annoy me the most. 

I hope this post helped a few of you teachers who are going through interviews or will be in the future!


30 comments:

  1. What a great post, Amy! I like to add a pop of color too. And interviewing in the summertime is so true. I always wear a blazer but make sure that my layer underneath would look professional on it's own. I've had interviews in buildings with no A/C in the middle of summer and have had to remove my blazer.

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    1. WOW! No A/C I would probably be dripping sweat! Ha! :)

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  2. Congratulationsss!! So happy for you! And you look fabulous in those interview outfits. Very professional, very cute!

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    1. Thank you love! I had to show I'm professional, but I had to show myself (fashionista) too!

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  3. Yayyy! Congrats Amy!! I am sooo happy for you to have your own classroom! Your outfits {as always} are super fabulous! :)

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    1. Thank you gorgeous! I'm so excited!!!

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  4. Some of the "interview" outfits on Pinterest always shock me. I was always taught that if you can bend over and people can see down your shirt, don't wear it! And short skirt? Definite no-no! Congratulations on the job and all those outfits are perfect!

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  5. Congratulations! Are you in the same school district? You're fortunate to get an interview since there are so many teachers out there looking for a job. After 10 years doing Title I part-time, I finally got full-time at my school when kindergarten opened up. I taught K for 8 years many years ago and I missed it, so I am happy to be back with the littles.

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    1. Thank you! I'm in the same district, but a different building. The principal told me I should feel very lucky because he had over 210 candidates that applied for the position and they chose me. I'm BEYOND blessed to say the least! :) I love the littles too!

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  6. Congrats on the new gig
    That is so exciting
    Love all the looks you posted
    Brett

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  7. First off, congrats on the new gig! This is SO exciting. Second, I love all of these looks and I am so loving that adorable interview kit with the kit kat thank you. Thanks for giving me some good ideas Amy!

    Lauren xo
    Sophisticated In Style

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    1. Isn't that Kit-Kat thing the absolute cutest!!!! It was so easy too!! I'm so glad I could give you some ideas! :) Thank you!!!

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  8. Congrats! Just got my first job too! Love the blog!

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  9. Very cute outfits and I love the pops of color. Is it acceptable to wear jeans to an interview where you live? I live in a conservative, traditional area in the South and wouldn't dream of wearing anything other than dress pants or a skirt.

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    1. Jeans would never be acceptable. We can't even wear them to work regularly, so no way would anyone be more casual than what they wear to work. Usually you dress more professional than a regular work day! :)

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  10. Hi Amy! Love your outfits!! Wondering if you have any additional advice for someone attending an Education Career fair with about 20 plus districts and hundreds of applicants! Standing out will be crucial. Thanks!

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  11. You look like the future version of my sister.

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  12. Thank you for all your tips! I followed your tips on outfit and the folders! I got the job! :)

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  13. Tks very much for your post.

    Avoid surprises — interviews need preparation. Some questions come up time and time again — usually about you, your experience and the job itself. We've gathered together the most common questions so you can get your preparation off to a flying start.

    You also find all interview questions at link at the end of this post.

    Source: Download Ebook: Ultimate Guide To Job Interview Questions Answers:

    Best rgs

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  14. What I love most about this post is not only do you give excellent ideas for an outfit, but you provided a visual aid and links to where it can be purchased. So many times people just post the pictures and don't tell me where I can get it! Or they tell me but it's at Nordstroms or some place really expensive! I love this! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. Dear Amy,Just saw your blog now and it's simple and amazing. Your smile is most adorable in all those outfits. I was just made Administrator of an elementary school. So many needs here. Poor kids, lack of study materials, very meager salaries, tight classrooms, tiny playgrounds. You can imagine the rest. In Africa, especially Cameroon, it's not so glamorous. I wish my smile would stay like yours. Keep smiling, so sweet.
    Bertha, Cameroon, West Africa. (thaizah@yahoo.com)

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  18. Tks very much for your post.

    Avoid surprises — interviews need preparation. Some questions come up time and time again — usually about you, your experience and the job itself. We've gathered together the most common questions so you can get your preparation off to a flying start.

    You also find all interview questions at link at the end of this post.

    Source: Download Ebook: Ultimate Guide To Job Interview Questions Answers:

    Best rgs

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  19. Love these outfits! I’m always in need of cold-weather inspo! :) Techlazy.com Howmate.com Crazyask.com

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