How to get that First Assistant Principal Interview

How to prepare for that first Asst Principal Interview

As spring approaches, what should school admin interns be doing to help them get that Assistant Principal interview. You’ve prepared and hopefully passed your comprehensive exams, your portfolio is complete and your studying for the SLLA exam. Now what? Here are my top ten things your should do to ensure you get that call back for an interview.

1. Bring something to the table.
You should have an area of specialization that you can bring to a school. In the business world this is sometimes referred as “Value-Added”. What value or expertise can you add to a school? What can the Principal absolutely count on you for? What skills do you have that’s going to enhance or increase student achievement? (Literacy, Math, Technology, Special Education, Discipline, Parent/Community involvement). These are a few of the assets Principals are looking for when considering candidates for Assistant Principal.

2. Cast a wide net.
If possible, look at all the school districts within an hour’s drive of your home. In my area, that gave me many more opportunities to land a interview and possible a job.

3. Use different subject headings when you email about an opening.
This helps you split test to see which one gets the most replies. Be creative. I used, “Innovative Instructional Leader” or “21st Century School leader”. use something to make you stand out from the crowd.

4. Research your potential Schools
Review data from the schools and see what their needs are. Try to match up their needs with your strengths and experience.

Check this resource out, It helped me get to the next level!

Check back later and give you some tips when you get that first interview, and how to prepare for it!

Good Luck!