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Posted by Mr. Dude on 4/9/2021, 7:47 am, in reply to "Interview
I have an entirely different approach to hiring a young or first year teacher. I go in with the understanding that there will be gaps in their knowledge, every first year teacher has those. What I'm looking for is someone who's willing to understand that about themselves and I want them to tell me how they are going to improve their shortcomings. So I ask them what their weakest instrument is, and then how will they be a great teacher of that instrument in 3 years.
Also, I look for chemistry with the staff. I think having a healthy work relationship with the people we share a room with for 8 hours a day is really important. You want someone who can bring something to the team that will make you stronger as a whole.
And last, we do a strength/weakness evaluation of the staff before interviews. And we find people whose strengths balance our weaknesses. This is not always teaching strength/weaknesses, sometimes its the office/business side of our job as well.