Every school has their ideas on what would make the ideal candidate for admission. Differing requirements create a diverse set of interview questions for both prospective students and their families during the admissions process. There are, however, at least five questions that we believe are universally important to all schools. Below you can find these questions and our explanation as to why you should ask them to every candidate. In our experience, a successful school admission’s operation knows the value and significance of even the simplest-looking questions:
Building a well-thought-out recruitment strategy is an essential part of every school year. No matter how good a teacher’s situation, there’s always a chance they might move on to other jobs for new challenges and a change of scenery. That being said, there’s a lot that schools can do to help ease pressure on recruitment through effective retention of teaching talent. High teacher retention rates are a big plus for parents inquiring into new schools for their kids. When parents can be confident that their incoming freshman has a good chance of having the same math or chemistry teacher for all four years of high school, they will naturally be more attracted to that school.
It’s easy for a school to become so focused on student enrollment and community building that they may overlook the importance of effective teacher recruitment. A school is only truly as good as the teaching team that works within it. For this reason, boosting the recruitment of competent and skilled educators and then retaining them is absolutely crucial.