Interview

What is an interview?

The interview is probably the most commonly used assessment tool.  A job interview administered by the LAUSD Personnel Commission is called a selection interview and typically has a pre-determined structure.  An interview is designed to predict future job performance on the basis of applicants' oral responses to inquiries.  You can expect to be interviewed by a committee, often consisting of at least two people who are familiar with the job and the background and skills necessary to perform the job.

The interview generally lasts anywhere from 30-45 minutes and the interview process is recorded.  During this process, the interview committee will ask you and all other candidates a similar set of structured, job-related questions.  In some cases, the questions may be designed to assess technical knowledge relating to the job.  During the interview, the committee may ask follow-up questions in order to clarify answers.  Using information from your application packet, and considering your responses, the interviewers will evaluate and compare you with all the other candidates according to a set of job-related standards.

How can I prepare for the interview?

      Before The Interview
      Know the job for which you are interviewing:

  • Familiarize yourself with the class description and the required/desired qualifications for the position.
  • Familiarize yourself with the department(s) in which you would be working by reviewing the job announcement and by visiting the We Are LAUSD Page and the LAUSD’s website.  This will give you a better understanding of the department that is hiring and what they are looking for in their ideal candidate.

      Know your strengths:

  • Review your background and experiences (your resume is a great place to start).  
  • Be prepared to discuss your past experiences, positions, roles, and responsibilities in detail.
  • Make a list of accomplishments and experiences of which you are most proud, and which best relate to the position at hand.  Be prepared to discuss.   

     Come prepared:

  • Be ready to provide specific examples from your past experience to highlight your specific skills.     
  • Practice!  Try preparing a closing statement as to why you’re the best fit for the position.
  • Dress in appropriate business attire, unless otherwise instructed.

      During the Interview
      Understand the format:

  • Following a behavioral-based format, your interviewers will focus questions on your past experiences, prior actions, knowledge, skills, and job-related abilities (although in some cases you may be asked situational questions that will require you to respond as though you were faced with a particular scenario and if you are participating in a Technical Interview, some of your questions will require you to respond to specific technical questions).     
  • Your answers should include the following:

                     ? An explanation of the situation.
                     ? A definition of the task you were charged with accomplishing.
                     ? A description of the actions you took to accomplish the task.
                     ? The results of your actions.

  • Responses to the questions should be thorough.  Keep in mind that the interview team has no prior knowledge of your skills.  They will evaluate your ability to perform the duties of this job based on the knowledge, skills, and abilities that you display during the interview .   
  • You will best present your qualifications by providing specific examples of your past experience which relate to each question.  For example, to answer questions regarding your ability to get along well with others, responses such as: " I always get along with everyone ", or "Everyone likes me", do not provide the interviewers with sufficient information.  Cite examples of how you have handled difficult situations.  Tell the interviewers what the situations were and how you handled them.
  • If you do not understand a question, ask the interviewers to repeat the question.
  • Provide only information that is related to the qualifications of the job.  Do not volunteer unrelated information such as marital status, religion, health conditions, etc.
  • End your interview with a summary of your strengths, and be sure to discuss any additional job-related qualifications you had not previously discussed.


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