Monday, February 28th, 2011

University of Saskatchewan Introduces Online Interviews

Imagine an interview process with no waiting room. No feverously straightening your clothes while you wait. No silently sizing up the other applicants.

The University of Saskatchewan college of education has recently introduced an online interview for their teacher’s college applicants, creating a one-of-a kind screening process.

The web interviews are designed to free up the extensive school resources that a lengthy interview process can demand. USASK will use the streamlined process to sort through the 400 applicants for their 270 spots. The interview accounts for 35% of each applicant’s overall score.

However, if you don’t do well in the online interview, you can try to make up for it in a more traditional interview setting, provided you meet the required academic average.

There are 5 categories of questions for each interview:

  • Affirming dignity and respect for students
  • Social and ecological justice
  • Lifelong learning
  • Creating a positive community in the class and school
  • Building instructional competence

Applicants have 24 hours to log in and answer the posted questions, which are emailed to all candidates. This could also give applicants more time to think about their answer, which would test their knowledge, instead of their ability to convey information in a high pressure setting.

The interview process will begin on March 4.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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