February 25, 2015

Student Union Apollo Room


Matching teacher and school counselor candidates with school districts for the 2015-2016 academic year.

This event is designed for Wright State University student and alumni job candidates who will be licensed to teach prior to the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year.

Information for Job Candidates

Activities preparing job candidates for Education Fair and Interview Day begin several months prior to the event.

Familiarize yourself with the schedule of deadlines leading up to the event as well as the schedule for the day and tips for your success.


Timeline & Tips for Education Fair & Interview Day

Do it now: Activate your profile in The Wright Search & upload a résumé

Follow these three steps:

  1. Develop an educator's résumé
  2. Before January 30, 2015, Complete a profile and upload your résumé to The Wright Search database, because:
  • Some recruiters begin reviewing résumés in The Wright Search as soon as they register for Education Fair and Interview Day
  • You cannot sign up for Pre-Scheduled Interviews if you do not have an uploaded and approved résumé in The Wright Search
  • Once you set up a profile with your Education major and graduation date appropriate for this event, you will receive updates from Career Services
  1. Make sure "Allow Employer Viewing?" is set to "Yes" in your profile, and Applicant Type Seeking Career (full-time) is selected in The Wright Search.
    You may also select other Applicant Types that apply to your job search.

1. Develop an educator’s résumé

Résumé tips specifically for your education job search

  • Organize information from top to bottom, left to right, with the most relevant information toward the top of the page.
  • As you move down the page, information should still be relevant, but less so.
  • In the top left quarter of the page include: Objective, Education, License, Student Teaching.
  • Résumés are most easily used by school districts if they are one page. If your experience and accomplishments are significant enough to fill two pages and they are relevant to the job you are seeking, two pages are acceptable.
  • Provide details of your successes in teaching, student teaching and related youth development activities.
  • In describing your teaching responsibilities, start each task or duty description with an action verb that describes the essence of your duty.
  • For example: "Communicated curriculum goals to parents." "Organized field trip to natural history museum."
  • Include class projects of significant duration or impact in a "Projects" section on your résumé.
  • Include professional development, volunteer activities, professional affiliations, and clubs.

Do not include:

  • Personal information; family, religion, hobbies unrelated to job
  • High school activities unless they are of national or international prominence,
  • References; list these on a separate page.
  • References are presented only when specifically requested by the employer, usually late in the interview process.
  • Use the same heading for the reference page and cover letter that you use for your résumé.
  • When you use the same heading and layout on all documents, you have created a self-marketing packet with a consistent image.
  • “References available upon request”; this is obvious, of course you will provide them!

Review samples elsewhere on this page.


2. Complete your profile and upload your résumé in The Wright Search

To sign up for Pre-Scheduled Interviews, candidates must be enrolled in The Wright Search including a complete Profile and an uploaded résumé.

All new résumés submitted to The Wright Search are reviewed by Career Services staff. 

Watch your email for messages about revisions.

Your résumé will not be visible until all revisions have been addressed and the résumé has been approved.


Create and manage your account or log in right now!

On January 21, 2015: Attend Meet the Experts panel

Meet the Experts Panel Presentation
4 to 6 p.m.
E156 Student Union, Dayton campus

A panel of local school district hiring managers will answer questions about:

  • résumés
  • appropriate interview attire
  • interview questions you can expect
  • effective follow-up procedures

Come with questions

After a brief introduction, Wright State candidates direct their questions to the panel regarding the teacher hiring process.

If you have a class during this time frame, please feel free to come late or leave early. Any amount of time you are able to spend with the experts will benefit you.

During February 4-11, 2015: Schedule your interview for Education Fair & Interview Day

During the one week, advance sign-up period, use The Wright Search to pre-schedule interviews with school districts, if you meet licensure requirements specified by the district.

During Education Fair and Interview Day, candidates with pre-scheduled interviews will meet with recruiters for the pre-scheduled interviews.

Interview schedules become avialable for sign-up in The Wright Search on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at 5:01 a.m., Eastern Time Zone.
Interview times for school districts in high demand fill quickly.
Prioritize the order in which you will sign up.
The number of users is heavy, so use your most reliable and fastest internet option. High speed internet access is recommended.
Mobile devices, wireless connection, and some service providers may be slower.

Print and review a copy of your pre-scheduled interviews.


Directions to schedule an interview in advance, beginning February 4, 2015:

  1. Be prepared to keep a list and refer to that list as you sign up for additional interviews, to prevent scheduling two interviews at the same time.
  2. Log in to The Wright Search
  3. Select Schedules on the toolbar
  4. Select Qualified Schedules from the drop down menu;
    You will see only those school districts that have openings for your licensure.
  5. From the list of available interviews, select a school district.
  6. Select the Sign Up button
  7. Select the Session ID
  8. Identify your preferred interview time; check that your window is maximized onscreen and select the Sign Up option that corresponds to your preferred interview time.
  9. If the schedule is full, you will receive a message that says “There are no timeslots available.”
  10. Continue to check The Wright Search for interview opportunities.
    Changes occur: candidates may cancel or change schedules; districts may add interviewers.
    You may find openings up to the last day.
    In addition, school districts may reserve some of their time slots to fill with candidates they meet at Open Fair.
  11. No cancelations are allowed once the interview schedule closes on The Wright Search.
    Signing up for an interview is a commitment to attend Education Fair and Interview Day on February 25, 2015.

Difficulty using The Wright Search to sign up for interviews?
Contact Barbara Halabi, barbara.halabi@wright.edu

Printable instructions for interview sign up (PDF)

Before February 24, 2015: Research schools & prepare for the event

A good impression is not made by chance. Use the tips on this page to deliberately plan and prepare for success at Education Fair and Interview Day.

Appropriate suit

Polished résumé

Manage the interview

Research school districts that will attend

  • Find the district’s website and read about their mission, schools, news, enrollment and staff;
    Many school districts post their website URL in The Wright Search
  • Evaluate how your experience and interests will fit the district
  • Formulate questions to ask them

Stay updated

  • Keep checking The Wright Search list of participating school districts and interview opportunities
  • Districts continue to register for the event
  • Candidates may cancel or change their schedule

Practice your general presentation skills

  • Professional dress is expected at Education Fair and Interview Day.
    Tips for appropriate professional dress
  • Excess jewelry must be removed for the interviewing situation, including multiple ear piercings and other body piercings.
  • Hair should be well-groomed and conservatively styled.
  • Practice a firm handshake, but not so firm that it crushes.
  • Practice your smile. A comfortable smile conveys confidence and approachability.
  • Mentally prepare a 20 second introduction for yourself: who you are, your license, and your interest in the district and a particular teaching position.
    The elevator speech
  • Prepare to maintain your own eye contact during discussions with recruiters and interviews.
  • Practice presenting your résumé.
    Districts will have a copy of your Wright Search résumé during the pre-scheduled interviews; you can offer a copy if you have updated it.

Prepare for interviews

  • Prior to interviewing with them, research school districts that are seeking your licensure!
    Thoroughly review the school district website and use your network to learn detailed information about the school district and the teaching environment.
    Recruiters will expect you to have done so.
  • For tips on interviewing and some interview questions to answer and ask, refer to the article in the American Association for Employment in Education Job Search Handbook for Educators.
    Copies of this helpful publication are available in Career Services, 334 Student Union, on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Remember that you are in charge of the information that you share in the interview. What you share is your decision.
  • Identify and review your accomplishments.
    Talking about accomplishments and the skills and abilities you used to achieve them will help you respond to questions in a meaningful way.
  • Review some standard questions you can expect to be asked as a candidate for a teaching position.
    Education Fair and Interview Day Sample Interview Questions (PDF)
  • In addition to standard questions about your experience in teacher preparation and other relevant experiences, you can expect to be asked Behavioral Interview questions, which are based on the idea that past behavior predicts future behavior.
  • Effectively answer behavioral interviewing questions by following a model referred to as C - A - R: Challenge - Action - Results.
    In the C - A - R model, you first describe the Challenge; then relate the Action you took; and, finally, the Results. Specific, positive examples with relevant details demonstrate how you will transfer past successful, professional behavior to future professional positions.
    Learn more about the C - A - R model (PDF)
  • For additional tips about preparing for the interview and responding in an interview, visit our Job Search Tips web pages
    Job Search Tips
  • If you have legitimate questions about the work environment that have not been answered in your pre-fair research or in the interview, take time to ask them at the end of the interview.
    However, it is not appropriate to ask questions to which you should have already found out the answer, such as: "Tell me about your district."
  • The candidate should not ask about salary and compensation issues in this interview.
    These items are discussed in a later negotiation.
  • Collect a business card.
    You will need the correct spelling of the interviewer's name and their address for your follow-up thank you letter.
  • Ask about next steps and hiring timelines.
  • Always thank your interviewer and shake hands upon goodbye.

Plan now with your colleagues who are attending the event

  • Partner now with someone or several people who are also attending Education Fair and Interview Day, particularly if you will not be attending the entire event.
  • Develop a messaging system for sharing updates you hear in the waiting room E163 Student Union, that may affect one or more of your group members.
  • Sometimes representatives from school districts need to reach candidates on the day of the event, with information about a variety of scheduling issues. Career Services posts and announces these messages in room E163 Student Union on the day of the event, as we receive updates.

After the event

  • Send a thank you letter to your interviewer(s) within 48 hours of your interview.
  • Follow up as directed by the interviewer(s). This could include checking their website or consortium site to apply. Send any documents requested. Email or call back on the date they suggested.
    Tips for following up after the interview

On February 25, 2015: Attend Education Fair & Interview Day

Bring your Wright1 card to the event for electronic check-in.

Approximately 600 interviews are conducted during this event.
Most participating school districts are from Ohio, but past events have included districts from Kentucky, North Carolina, and Alaska.

Time

Activity

7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

  • Bring your list of pre-scheduled interviews, printed from The Wright Search
  • Bring your Wright1 card to the event for electronic check-in.
    Student Registration Desk opens at 7:45 a.m. near E163 Student Union.
  • Park in Student Lot #4
  • Updated information available at check-in.
  • Candidates gather in line in a designated area of the Student Union, beginning just inside the lobby. The line is staffed by Career Services, who provide up-to-the minute updates about participating employers as well as tips for success at Open Fair.
  • Participants admitted to event at start time by Career Services.

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Open Fair: open to all Wright State University teacher and administrator candidates eligible to teach during the 2015-2016 school year.

Introduce yourself to school districts, pick up employment literature and applications, and gather information about the school district.

Some districts may provide an opportunity to schedule an interview for later in the day.

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

School district break.

Maintain a professional demeanor in the hall and restrooms; they are common areas for school district administrators.

Question and Answer information session for candidates, in room E163, with Career Services staff.

E163 is the communication hub for special messages from school district representatives to candidates. Career Services staff communicate the messages to students via message boards and announcements in E163.

In E163, candidates will

  • find changes to interview schedules
  • receive personal announcements from school districts
  • get tips for success and questions answered from Career Services staff
  • share experiences with other students

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Pre-Scheduled Interviews: restricted to only those students who signed up in advance via The Wright Search, or those who signed up during Open Fair, for interviews with specific school districts.

Report to room E163 Student Union, 10 minutes prior to your scheduled interview times.
School districts conduct scheduled interviews in booths, in the Apollo Room of the Student Union. Admission at any given time is limited to candidates who have interviews at that time. Candidates wait for interviews in room E163 Student Union and are admitted to the interviews at the appropriate time from E163 by Career Services staff.

1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Pre-Scheduled Interviews (see details in previous table row).

Follow up after the event

  • Write thank you letters to the administrators with whom you spoke.
    Tips for writing thank you letters
  • Follow up as districts indicated; applying on their websites, emailing as requested, sending any needed documents. Keep your interview suit and documents ready.
  • In The Wright Search, upload résumé every 30 days and set "Allow Employer Viewing?" to "Yes."
    This keeps your account active and allows employers to find you, and Career Services to refer you for positions.
    Career Services learns about teaching opportunities during the summer and into the start of the school year.
    Teacher candidates who do not update every 30 days may miss job opportunities
  • Continue to job search using online resources for Education majors.

More Resources for Your Educator Job Search

Learn About Other Educator Recruiting Events

Learn about offers, contracts, and hiring dates

  • You are under no obligation to immediately accept or reject an offer made to you.
    You are encouraged to take time to consider an offer, gather information, determine the employer's need-to-know timeline, and respond accordingly. There may be other opportunities you wish to pursue.
  • Ask questions to clarify the details of a job offer.
    Make sure you understand the language and the time frame. Know your rights and responsibilities.
  • Consult an expert.
    Review the contract before signing. If you need help, you can make an appointment with Student Legal Services at 775-5857. This is available to current students who have paid the Student Legal Services fee.
  • Signing a letter of intent is a legally binding agreement.
    You will be obligated to follow through on any teaching assignment for which you sign a letter of intent. After you sign a letter of intent, your job search should stop and you should inform any inquiring school district that you have signed a letter of intent with another district.
  • Signing a contract is a legally binding agreement for employment.
    Once you have signed the contract, you are legally committed to working as a teacher in that district for the agreed time frame. Your job search should stop and you should inform any inquiring school district that you have signed a contract with another district.
  • If you sign either a letter of intent or a contract, deactivate your name on The Wright Search.
  • Stay active on The Wright Search!
    Teaching opportunities are posted every month, often through October. Stay active in The Wright Search.
Important Timeline Information

Some important dates to know in the teaching opportunity timeline:

  1. Continuing contracts are typically offered to currently employed teachers in February and March.
  2. Districts have a better idea of their remaining needs in April.
  3. In mid-July, currently employed teachers must notify districts of their intention not to return.

Information for School Districts

School districts who have not received an invitation to this event but who are interested in participating, please contact Barbara Halabi at (937) 775-2556 or email barbara.halabi@wright.edu

Agenda for the Day

Time

Activity

7:45 a.m.

Registered school districts sign In at School District Registration desk and set up in Apollo Room.

7:45 to 8:30 a.m.

Student Registration Desk opens near E163 Student Union.

Bring your Wright1 Card to check-in.

Updated information available at check-in.
Participants will be admitted to the event at start time by Career Services.

8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Open Fair.

9:30 to 10:00 a.m.

School district break.

Question and Answer for session for candidates, with Career Services staff.

Candidates wait for interviews in room 163 Student Union.

Throughout the day, candidates arrive at room 163 Student Union, 10 minutes prior to their scheduled interview time.
Check-in required for all candidates.

Candidates will be admitted to the individiual interviews at the appropriate time from 163, by Career Services staff.

163 is the communication hub for special messages from employers to candidates.
Employers deliver messages to Career Services staff, who communicate the messages to students via message boards and announcements in 163. 

In 163, candidates will

  • find changes to interview schedules
  • receive personal announcements from employers, or Career Services
  • get tips for success from Career Services staff
  • have questions answered by Career Services staff
  • share experiences with other students

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Pre-Scheduled Interviews.

1:30 to 4 p.m.

Pre-Scheduled Interviews.

 

Event Registration for School Districts

Submit a booth request

If you have questions about a registration, contact Barbara Halabi, barbara.halabi@wright.edu

Get driving directions and campus maps

Colonel Glenn Construction

A city of Fairborn road construction project on Colonel Glenn Highway next to Wright State University is going to make entering and leaving from the university’s main entrances more challenging over the next several months. Please visit the Facilities Planning & Development website for current details about the project and potential alternative routes into campus.

From the north (Toledo)

I-75 south to I-70 east
I-70 east to I-675 south
I-675 south to North Fairfield Road (Exit 17)
Turn right on North Fairfield Road, travel approximately 1/2 mile to Colonel Glenn Highway
Turn left on Colonel Glenn Highway
Turn right at the second traffic light onto University Blvd.
Follow the signs to the Visitor Parking Lot

From the northeast (Cleveland/Akron)

I-71 south to 270 west
270 west to I-70 west
I-70 west to I-675 south
I-675 south to North Fairfield Road (Exit 17)
Turn right on North Fairfield Road, travel approximately 1/2 mile to Colonel Glenn Highway
Turn left on Colonel Glenn Highway
Turn right at the second traffic light onto University Blvd.
Follow the signs to the Visitor Parking Lot

From the south

I-75 north to I-675 north
I-675 north to North Fairfield Road (Exit 17). Follow sign for North Fairfield Road (not WSU)
Turn left on North Fairfield Road, travel approximately 1/2 mile to Colonel Glenn Highway
Turn left on Colonel Glenn Highway
Turn right at the second traffic light onto University Blvd.
Follow the signs to the Visitor Parking Lot

From the east/west

I-70 to I-675 south
I-675 south to North Fairfield Road (Exit 17)
Turn right on North Fairfield Road, travel approximately 1/2 mile to Colonel Glenn Highway
Turn left on Colonel Glenn Highway
Turn right at the second traffic light onto University Blvd.
Follow the signs to the Visitor Parking Lot

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Event Photos

Questions?

If you have questions about Education Fair and Interview Day, call Career Services, (937) 775-2556 or email career_services@wright.edu