Assume that you are a well-qualified applicant who is applying for a mid-level school leadership position and are one out of a total of 150 applicants. Assume that there are at least 10 other candidates who are equally qualified as you. Therefore, you need to be better prepared than the rest of the field in order to out-compete them. What must you know and do so you stand out from rest of the candidates? Consider the following:

  1. Do you know how to strategically organize and design a resume that gets the reviewers’ attention?
  2. Do you know how to differentiate yourself in your response to the inevitable question, “Tell us about yourself”?
  3. Do you know the best order in which to be interviewed and how to get, like in a horse race, the best “post position”?
  4. Do you know what to do in order to accurately anticipate most of the questions you’ll be asked?
  5. Do you know long to take in answering a question?
  6. Do you know how to read the “body language” of the interviewers?
  7. Do you know what questions to ask at the conclusion of your interview?
  8. Do you know how to frame a final statement at the conclusion of an interview?
  9. Do you have a strategy as to how to present yourself as someone who is likeable and a good fit for the school-community?
  10. Do you know how to adjust your interviewing approach as you move from screening to committee to leadership to Board interviews?
  11. Do you know how to create an entry plan in anticipation to getting the job, and how to go about creating your priorities?
  12. Do you know how to “close the deal” if you are a finalist”?
  13. Do you know how to negotiate the best deal for yourself if you’re offered the job?
  14. Do you how to make a good impression during your first 100 days?

There are many other things that you must know in order to be a highly competitive candidate. I have coached 100’s of my clients get their dream jobs. Let me help you, too.


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