You’ve got this. Your resume is polished and you have all the skills for the job. Next up is the interview. If you know anything about KIPP, it’s that we’re big on character here. To help you ace your interview, we’ve provided essential interview tips using the seven key character strengths that we teach our students. No time for pessimism! Let’s do this.

1. Social intelligence

While visiting our team, be sure to greet people that you meet or pass in the hallway, even if they aren’t interviewing you. This is your potential new workplace, and you want to leave the best impression! This also means arriving on time and dressing professionally.

2. Optimism

Smile! A positive attitude is a big part of our culture, and we want to see the love you have for this work and the children of NYC. Be personable, be yourself! We all want to know that you are a good fit for our school culture.

3. Self-control

Remember, the way you act matters – you are a model for students. Stay poised and positive!

4. Zest

Inspire us. Bring your passion. Show us your excitement and energy throughout your interview and, for our teaching candidates, through your demo lesson.

5. Curiosity

Ask questions! We are more than happy to provide answers. Be ready to ask about the school culture, curriculum, and anything that you notice during your visit. Doing your research beforehand will ensure you have a good understanding of the great work going on at KIPP. Check out our website, other blog posts, our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

6. Grit

Our students show grit by powering through challenges and implementing feedback every day. It is crucial to their growth. Similarly, we want our candidates to come prepared with an open mind and ready to receive feedback. We know that teaching is hard, and want to know that you relish feedback and can model grit for our KIPPsters.

7. Gratitude

A thank you goes a long way! Our staff takes time away from their busy schedules to ensure you get the most out of your visit. Feel free to share the love.