Future teachers experience mock interview at PSU

Future teachers experience mock interview at PSU
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Pittsburg State University students prepare for what can be the most intimidating part of entering the workforce: the job interview.

Around 90 future teachers participated in mock job interviews. They experienced a simulated look at what they need to know before applying for jobs.

Adam Hull graduated from Pittsburg State’s College of Education nearly 14 years ago, but he remembers Teacher Interview Day like it was yesterday. He also can recall the days leading up to it: he was a bundle of nerves.

“I knew one of the nine schools I’d scheduled interviews with could potentially be my employer and I recall sweating more than average and having a parched mouth,” he said.

Which is why Hull, now a teacher at Pittsburg Community Middle School, is only too happy to be part of a unique event planned for Friday in the Overman Student Center Ballroom: Teacher Mock Interview Day.

From 9 a.m. to noon, he and more than 30 other participants of this year’s Greenbush Leadership Academy at the Southeast Kansas Education Center will help prepare about 90 future teachers for actual Teacher Interview Day, which is planned for Feb. 12. Other interviewers include school administrators and educators from around the region.

“I would have loved the opportunity to do mock interviews before my own Teacher Interview Day,” Hull said. “Having the mock interviews would have better prepared me for the actual interviews and probably would have relieved some of the added stress I put on myself.”

The actual Teacher Interview Day, to be held in the Weede Physical Education Building, is big: it annually draws school administrators from 100 school districts in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, all seeking qualified candidates to fill vacancies. Like the mock interviews, it’s a cooperative effort by the PSU Office of Career Services and the College of Education to help current students find jobs before they graduate.

“I know precisely how these students feel,” Hull said. “I’m sure they, like I was, will be nervous and excited about obtaining a teaching position once they graduate. I’m glad to help out future Gorilla educators.”