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This guide provides principals with useful information about hiring teachers, including checklists for organizing the search for qualified candidates, recommendations on how to identify suitable applicants, and sample interview questions. In an increasingly competitive employment environment, school district personnel systems can help, or hinder, a principal's efforts to hire qualified teachers. The best hiring systems identify key attitudes, behaviors, and skills desired in classroom teachers, screen for these characteristics during all stages of candidate evaluation, ensure compliance with relevant laws, reserve the labor-intensive aspects of evaluation for only the most promising candidates, and provide decisionmakers with timely, pertinent information. Teacher preparation programs have grown more demanding since the 1970s, improving the pool of teacher candidates while making traditional identification and hiring practices obsolete. Hiring is too important to be attempted at the last minute, and planning for spring and summer interviews should begin the previous fall. Effective interviewing requires planning, including the identification of needed job skills, standards for reviewing applications, telephone interviews, pre-interviews, and other time-saving steps. Behavior-based interviewing includes a variety of important steps to consider in such areas as a list of job requirements and questions about curriculum, instruction, planning, classroom management, homework, grading, approaches to communicating, professional development, and concluding interviews. Hiring is merely the first of several important steps in effective personnel management. Schools must provide administrative support, welcome new teachers, maintain frequent contact, and allow time for professional development and relationship formation. (Contains 27 references.)(TEJ)

Descriptors: Elementary Education, Employees, Employment Interviews, Interviews, Job Skills, Leaders Guides, Personnel Evaluation, Personnel Management, Personnel Policy, Personnel Selection, Recruitment, Resumes (Personal), Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Selection

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Author: Clement, Mary C.


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