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Teacher job interview soft skill: Collaboration.

Another question that teachers are often asked in interviews is "Tell me about a time that you collaborated with others?"

In their latest report, LinkedIn (2020) identifies "50% of great collaborators also tend to be top performers. When a role requires teamwork, strong collaboration skills make a big difference".

During this pandemic, teachers all over the world have proved themselves to be AMAZING collaborators.

We have come together to share resources, support each other, figure out how Zoom works (lol I am still trying!!) and give the best to our students.

Every. Single. Teacher. now has a story about collaboration they can share in their next job interview.

Five questions you might be asked include:

  1. Give an example of when you had to work with someone who was difficult to get along with. How did you handle interactions with that person?

  2. Tell me about a time when you were communicating with someone and they did not understand you. What did you do?

  3. Tell me about one of your...

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Help! Why won’t recruiters reply to me?

Problem: Help! I'm contacting recruiters but not getting any response! What should I do?

Solution: You are clearly missing something in the application process - let's try and figure out what it is!


Action #1

I'm contacting lots of recruiters via LinkedIn and Facebook but not getting any interest


  • you are not personalising your contact to the recruiter eg. using their name

  • you are just spamming them with bullet points of your experience

  • you are just sending them your resume and asking them "can you get me a job?"


Recruiters are real people too. They are trying to locate the BEST teachers to place in jobs. If they work for an agency (not a school) they most likely work on commission, so they have a VESTED INTEREST in placing candidates (because that's how they get paid; place more candidates = make more money). Recruiters also have a vested interest in placing the RIGHT CANDIDATE in the job (not just anyone who applies). If the candidate leaves...

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