How to Research a School District Before an Interview

Have you started applying to open positions for careers in the education field? You might wonder where to start or how to decide where to submit your application. This is where learning more about a school district comes in handy before an interview. Doing this will help you choose where to apply and also be prepared for the interview. This article will go over several ways to learn more about a school district before an interview. 

Decide what you need to know 

The first thing that you need to do is decide what you need to know about a school district. This can vary depending on what you want to know about a school district before the interview. Find whatever information you think might be helpful during the interview. Now is also a good time to decide if a school district is a right fit for you. Some things that you might want to look into are:

  • location
  • benefits
  • mission and values
  • administration and leadership

View the school districts website 

Before an interview, it is always good to be familiar with the school district's website. You can receive a lot of good information here about what the school stands for. This information can help you determine if the school district is a right fit for you and can also give insight into the type of questions they may ask during the interview. 

Reach out to friends and colleagues that work there

One of the best ways to get information about a school district is to ask the people that already work there. If you know people that already work there, then start by asking them questions. They will be able to give you more information about the school district than what is available online. If you do not already know people that work there, you can reach out and introduce yourself to people. This will be beneficial to know if this is where you want to work and give you more insight before the interviewing process.  

View social media

Social media is an excellent way to get information about the school district. This way, you can find information that is posted from the school district itself, as well as information posted by students and faculty of the school district. It is important to remember that the information found this way might be biased. It is more likely to find negative reviews of the school district because anyone can post information. This can help determine if the school district is a good fit and provide questions you may want to ask during the interview. 

Google search

Searching the school district can provide you with a lot of helpful information as well. This search will most likely bring up the school district's website, but it will also show you recent news that has been written about the school district. This information can help you decide what you need more information about. It can also serve as a conversation point during the interview. If the school district has passed a milestone, you might want to congratulate them during the interview or ask them more questions about it. 

K12JobsNJ advertises education jobs in New Jersey. Create a free account to see what's available. Check out the career advice section for tips on improving your resume, cover letter, or interview skills.