I am so taken back by the almost 700 likes, shares and comments on my Facebook status about my new interview guide. I published my first book , ‘Múinteoir Valerie’s Guide to Primary Teaching’ three years ago. That was my last big project, teaching wise. I published that book in both hard and soft copies. I wasn’t sure at first what to do with my second book but ultimately I decided I wanted to sell it for as low a price as possible, so I decided an online version would be best and then people can print it off at their own discretion. As I said in my Facebook status, this book has been in the works for a while. I thought of it first when I was expecting Lara but just didn’t have the energy to work on it . Once she got to around four months or so I got my energy and enthusiasm for teaching back and I started working on this when she would be napping. I know it is ridiculous because anyone who has had a tiny baby know how time consuming and tiring it can be, but I still had to feel like I was working?! And this book did just that. It gave me something to work on and to keep my mind sharp and focused on the teaching world. And there is nothing wrong with that. I will no doubt have people telling me to switch off and enjoy my baby, but I do! I wrote this whole book while she was having naps or sometimes while my mother entertained her!
Anyway, I really enjoyed writing this book. Best of all, ( as the children would say!) I approached some principals I hold in particularly high regard to contribute and they did. So there is a chapter written by four different principals from all different types of schools to give us some hindsight. One very experienced principal has even written a chapter on applying for principalships! I am sure that day will come for many of you. (I could NEVER leave the classroom!)
This book will hopefully be of help to teachers in any stages of their teaching careers, not just NQTs.
It will be available to download from next week onwards.
The table of contents is posted below:
Table of Contents
The Standard Application Form
The Letter of Application
List of Questions
Sample Answers to Commonly Asked Questions in English
Sample Answers to Commonly Asked Questions -Gaeilge
Sample Answers to Questions for Principalship
Standard Application Form Buzz words and Verbs
Interviews with Irish Principals
Research the School
What to (And Not To) Wear – Interview Attire
Questions you may want to ask the Interviewer
Checklist: Are you Ready?
Other Resources for Interview Preparation