How To Hire The Best Teachers

Teachers are the key

Student experience and learning

Research has shown again and again that the single most important element in student success is effective teachers. Additional research has identified behavior themes that are common to effective teachers.

See: Impact of Teacher Effectiveness on Student Achievement

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See: Behavior Characteristics of Effective Teachers

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Positive and effective school culture

Teachers are the backbone of a school so it follows that a culture of excellence and supporting excellence in teaching is driven by the teaching staff in collaboration with administration. Positive and effective culture depends on quality teachers and effective leadership.

Problems with traditional hiring approaches

The “traditional” approach to hiring can take any number of forms but generally includes ideas like

  • Hiring people you know
  • Hiring referrals
  • Extensive interviewing

Unfortunately, in most cases, these are very subjective processes and tend to focus on selecting for reasons that are not tuned to finding the BEST teacher candidates regardless of where they come from.

What most leaders don’t know, yet should know, is what happens in the traditional hiring process. Continue reading

Problems with Traditional Hiring Approaches

The “traditional” approach to hiring can take any number of forms but generally includes ideas like:

  • Hiring people you know
  • Hiring referrals
  • Extensive interviewing

Unfortunately, in most cases, these are very subjective processes and tend to focus on selecting for reasons that are not tuned to finding the BEST teacher candidates regardless of where they come from.

What most leaders don’t know, yet should know, is what happens in the traditional hiring process. Continue reading

The Structured Interview: What and Why

Also called “Structured Behavioral Interview,” “Pattern Interview,” “Quantitative Interview,” the Structured Interview is a process of interviewing that uses a set of carefully designed scripted questions and highly specific guidelines for interpreting candidate responses.

The “structure” of the interview itself is in both the exact content and order of the questions and in the interpretation and analysis of responses.

The Structured Interview analyzes behavioral characteristics to predict which candidates are most likely to be successful.

Behavioral attributes focused on closely align with accepted standards such as the ISLLC “dispositions” that define behavioral characteristics associated with excellence in teaching.

 

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  • Personalized introduction and tour of the Structured Interview online training and management system

 

Corporate America and the US Federal Government understand the importance of screening and profiling tools such as our Structured Interview and Screening Sketch.

Structured Interview Transforms Organizations!

Reasons to to implement structured interviews in your hiring process:

  • Control bias and subjectivity
  • Increase consistency
  • Maximize fairness
  • Minimize hiring mistakes
  • Predict excellence
  • Build culture of excellence
  • and more

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How Do YOU Sort Your Job Applications Into The ‘NO’ Pile?

Resume MistakesIn a traditional paper intensive hiring practice, you may receive hundreds of applications and resumes for ONE job posting! I can remember after holding a day long Job Fair for a Call Center I would sit at my desk with the immense PILE of applications and began the ‘sorting process’.  Anything we could think of as a way of saying NOPE – that one goes into the NO Pile!!

Are you sorting your employment applications into the ‘NO’ pile based on spelling errors, grammatical errors, or other mistakes?

Do you spend time reading the resumes only to find at the bottom of the page they don’t have the required experience of skills?

Are you reviewing resumes that are three pages long (or longer) and so full of ‘stuff’ that it makes you say “Get to the point already”?

 

Would you rather sort the applications on whether the applicant values honesty and integrity?

Director of First Impressions

Or the person desires to be of service and support to others – who wants to be the Director of First Impressions?

Or even the person who is dependable, punctual and will fulfill the requirements of the job?

How about sorting the stack of resumes based on who is positive even in the face of difficulties and challenges and is a problem solver?

Are you looking for someone who brings high energy and enthusiasm to work, wants to be highly productive and is DRIVEN to do quality?

 

Our pre-employment assessment tool, TargetSketch™ makes it easy to filter out the highly qualified candidates based on their intrinsic qualities without touching paper or spending any of YOUR time.

Candidates apply online 24/7, and you get an easy-to-use report that provides a predictive indicator of the candidates “FIT” for the position.

This state of the art enhancement to your hiring system will lower turnover, improve employee productivity, increase profits and reduce costs.

 

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The Importance of Hiring Only The Most Talented Teachers

By Pete Pillsbury

 TargetSuccess Hiring Success

What’s the single most important decision educational administrators make?  The answer, research tells us again and again, is the selection of a classroom teacher.  The classroom teacher, without a doubt, is the most critical element in a student’s growth and academic achievement.  Peel all the layers of administration and there would remain the core of the educational process—a teacher in a classroom with children.  Think of teacher hiring as the leverage for moving the development of youth and their performance upward to new levels.  The teacher is the lever, and the quality of the teacher will determine how much leverage our students get to positively affect their learning and growth.  Thus, in my mind there is little doubt that teacher hiring is the most important action an educational leader takes. Continue reading

Only The Best: Hiring Outstanding Teachers

A great curriculum in the hands of a mediocre teacher—even one with a credential—is nothing more than a mediocre curriculum

Leadership,  Nov-Dec, 2005  by Pete Pillsbury (While this was written 8 years ago, it is still relevant in today’s search for hiring outstanding educators)

Hiring the Best teacher

Most administrators would agree that hiring a teacher is the most important decision they make. This decision has a greater affect on children than any other administrative decision. What a teacher believes and does as a teacher will either open or close doors to learning for students. Continue reading

Disengaged Workers Aren’t Born That Way

Hire the Best people

 

Employers who think their people leave for more money:   89%

Employees who actually do leave for more money: 12%

What a disconnect!

That’s the results of 19,700 interviews completed by the Saratoga Institute. Maybe it is easier for managers to think that money is the real issue, rather than hear that there are things that need to be fixed. But, the truth is, there are things that can be done to keep employees happy and productive, and on the job. Continue reading

How to Hire Office Staff – Medical, Dental Profession

doctors dentists chiropractor

 

It is true, a lot of doctors, dentists, chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists, etc. are in THEIR business because of their passion in healing, helping, serving. Conversely they are not in the business of hiring, recruiting, selecting, and developing staff. They know the vision they have for the culture and ‘energy’ of  their office, they know how they want to care for their clients – when they get to hire, sometimes the process gets in the way!  Let’s talk about how to enhance the process.

This is a insightful article about best practices for office staff.

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Top 4 Challenges Facing HR For 2013

HR issues

Every year HR faces different challenges that they are required to overcome for the benefit of the business. 2013 will be no exception, and with the continued uncertainty about the economic climate, these challenges may well be more substantial than those faced in 2012.  We’ll invest a little bit of time with each issue that HR is likely to experience:

Talent Attraction

Attracting the right talent for a position is not only essential to meet skill requirements and fill a vacancy within your company; it is also fundamental to the growth and stability of your workforce and business. Have you ever hired the ‘wrong person’? You know, the one who causes morale issues in the office, resentment from colleagues, decreasing productivity?  We have all experienced those hires and can clearly understand the value of hiring the RIGHT person. Continue reading

Why Not Hiring is Better than Hiring the Wrong Person for the Job

group of stick people
Most hiring managers have been there before… the point of despair when you feel you need to find somebody, ANYBODY to fill an open position. When this happens it is natural to want to lower your hiring standards just to get a warm body on the bus. While this can be tempting it will invariably rob your organization of possibility and profits. Our philosophy is that it is better to not fill a position than it is to hire the wrong person for the job.

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