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Grooming for a Teacher Interview

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Checklist to use before job interviews:  (Some is common sense, but you never know!)

    •Hair should be neatly combed and fingernails trimmed
    •Be clean-shaven or trimmed (easy on the after shave) (m)
    •Use fresh make-up applied neatly (f)
    •Shower before the interview and use an unscented deodorant.
    •Do not wear perfume or cologne!  Only one tiny dab, if you must.
    •Wear clean clothing:  Pressed, no holes, rips or runners.
    •Wear comfortably fitted clothes--You don't want the oxygen to your brain cut off      because your shirt/blouse (or tie) is so tight you cannot breathe.
    •Shoes should be shined and the heels should not have too much wear.
    •Buy a decent quality suit you can afford.  Have someone coordinate your outfit if you are not good at this!  If you think you are--ask someone for their honest opinion--before you go to the interview!
     •Remove exposed body piercings, tongue and nose rings (if you can), and cover tattoos if possible.  Minimize the jewelry that you wear. 
    •Brush your teeth and use a breath mint before the interview (make sure it is dissolved before you talk.)  Don't use anything that could be mistaken for the scent of alcohol!)
    •Avoid tobacco (this includes "snuff"), alcohol and onion/garlic before the interview.  Smoke gets in your clothes, and maybe you cannot smell it, but it may offend others.  Perfume/cologne does not mask the smell of alcohol or smoke--if you think it does, you are the only one being fooled.
    •Know your body:  Eat something light a couple hours before the interview.  Go to the restroom before your interview time.  Look in the mirror.
     If you arrive at an interview ungroomed, the interviewer may assume you are careless about other things in your life--including your job!  This may be untrue, but first impressions and past experiences of the interviewer are tough to overcome.  Don't make this mistake.  

     With some job interviews, you can visit the company and observe what other people are wearing.  Not so with the teaching profession.  You need to look professional at all times, regardless of what others are wearing.

     Dress to project the image you want the district personnel to receive.   Maybe you recall some of your teachers in school or during your student teaching experience.  Some of them weren't dressed-up:  No tie, maybe wearing jeans with old shoes--they have a job and perhaps tenure--you don't!  Don’t dress like a college student going to class, or someone who is rebelling against the school administration. 

     Your appearance may affect how you feel about yourself.  Knowing that your appearance is appealing may give you some extra self-confidence to make a good first impression.

     If you interview during the summer when "school is out":   Sometimes administrators dress casually.  You will not, even if it's
hot outside!  Find a "summer" lightweight suit.   Again, you are not "one of the gang"--they need to see you as a professional.
The "bad-boy/girl look" may be cool in the movies, but who will get the job?
Look over this list before you interview!