A teacher may be a perfect match on paper, but it is often their qualities and people skills that makes them stand out from the rest. Here are 5 key qualities we think you should consider during the recruitment process.
One of the most important qualities a teacher must have is passion. Whether this be a passion for learning or a passion for giving students a brighter future. A teacher that expresses their love for the subject they teach, is more likely to capture their students’ attention and drive engagement. If a teacher can demonstrate this quality, they can have more of a positive influence on students’ willingness to learn. Often, a true passion will shine through at interview, however you could also ask questions about what got them into teaching to further understand what ignited their passion.
Genuine care for the success of children
The success of students is directly linked to the support of their teachers. A teacher that can portray a caring personality, is more likely to build rapport and be able to engage students, guiding them to success. Demonstrating this quality within the classroom encourages students to do the same, creating a kinder environment for everyone.
Communication is essential. Teachers must be able to communicate clearly, effectively and be able to tailor their methods to suit students. Showcasing this skill in the classroom can help drive productivity, better understanding, and effective support. A teacher must also be able to adapt their body language and tone of voice in certain situations. If a candidate was to lack this skill, how could this effect how they respond to situations? What impact could it have on students?
Organisational skills are vital to have as a teacher. With the school day being taken up with lessons or additional activities, time for planning, admin work and organising materials for lessons are restricted. Being organised ensures a more calm and focused approach, helping you produce effective lessons and completing tasks on time. Consider asking situational questions to uncover a candidate’s organisational skills.
A key consideration is evaluating whether the candidate is a team player. Teamwork is such a massive part of the role as a teacher. Working together to achieve goals, contributes to the success of the school and students. Having this attribute also helps create a more positive and welcoming environment for peers.
These qualities are all important to consider during the interview process, after ensuring the candidate has met the required obligations. With the recruitment process already time consuming, due to thorough checks that need to be carried out, considering these qualities can sometimes be missed. If automating the necessary steps in your recruitment process, means you have extra time for questions to learn more about their personal qualities, then this could be a valuable asset.
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