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    By Anna

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    Not that this would make you feel any better, but I went on what seemed like hundreds of interviews before I got my first job. I, too, would freeze up and not be myself in front of a panel. Needless to say, they wouldn't want to hire someone so nervous and timid that couldn't seem to put thoughts together quickly.

    Here's what worked for me. This may sound silly, but I would practice answers to interview questions in front of a mirror at home. When I left an interview, I would write down all the questions they asked, then rehearse what I'd say if I were asked that question again (and you usually are asked it over and over).
    Try it and see if it works for you. Just know where you stand on certain topics (discipline, style of teaching, management, how to handle upset parents or students, homework policy, etc...). If you know what answers you will give, you'll be more comfortable answering them. Also, if your spouse will help you, have them throw out unexpected questions to see how you will react to thinking quickly.

    I don't know you, but I'm sure you are an intelligent, personable person who just lacks some interview confidence. Maybe just relaxing will help you to be yourself and not freeze up.

    I think we've all been there, but we wish you the best of luck!!!

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