I have had two very different interviews in the past 2 weeks.
In the first interview, I felt very inept and slightly as though I had a learning disability at the end of it. They threw a bunch of education buzz words at me. . . curriculum mapping, universal education, 21st century education, PLC conferences, and so on. That's all I remember. It was a blur of clammy hands, awkward pauses, and sweaty armpits. I felt like defending myself with a "Well, since I have only been teaching in a classroom that had chalkboard and chalk the past 4 years, I have obviously been missing out on the sophisticated development of the education system in the US." But I said nothing. I didn't really feel like it would have mattered. Talk the talk or accept the rejection letter. And so I did. And did so with a bit of relief.
The second interview, felt a bit more like a date. I liked it. I think I might also like dates. "If you were an animal, what would you be and why?" or "If you were a coffee drink, what would you be and why?" These are my types of questions, and this is an environment where I could see myself thriving. Are you curious how I answered these two questions? How would you have answered?
I will keep you updated on the result of the second interview...unless the results are negative. In which case, I will not mention it again and ice over it with some self-deprecating humor. Stay tuned!