A few weeks ago, I was interviewed for a new posting. Taking a page from Chris Kennedy, Superintendent of West Vancouver, I tweeted the posed question to about 75 of my PLN asking them for feedback.
Although I went through two interviews and in the end was unsuccessful, I count myself extremely fortunate to have had this opportunity to hear and learn from some of the most thoughtful and inspiring educators from within BC and around North America.
I welcome you to read their comments/advice and to file it away as a source for sound leadership and, at minimum, to help you with any future interviews you may have.
In terms of my response to the set question, I will share it with all of you by the end of the week.
Below is the original message I sent and the aforementioned responses/dialogue. Again, thank you for all of your support and well wishes.
Thank you so much for participating and helping me out.
I have been shortlisted for a District position and I am seeking your insight around the pre-set question and, based upon the job description, some advice around my interview prep.
A few months ago, Chris Kennedy posted what I consider to be a seminal piece entitled A Recipient in the Sharing Revolution. My comments on his post, drawing upon Gardner’s “Five Minds for the 21st Century,” will give you an idea of the thoughts behind how I am framing my approach to the pre-set question.
If you would like to have a feel for what I believe, going into this interview, here are three posts which capture some of my thoughts:
The job description for the position:
- an outstanding educational leader with demonstrated problem-solving, organizational and management skills;
- is an exceptional communicator including through the use of social media;
- demonstrates integrity, a strong work ethic, and a highly collaborative leadership style;
- develops and maintains effective relationships with parents, students and employee groups at all levels of the organization;
- is very familiar with the use of technology for teaching and learning; and
- has considerable knowledge of current trends in education especially related to personalized 21st century learning.
The pre-set question which I am writing to you for feedback is as follows:
Leadership is as much about judgment as it is about knowledge.
In your experience as a leader of adults at the school level and beyond, please think of a situation that required careful judgment in the midst of a complex scenario. What was the leadership challenge, what values or knowledge guided you and what were some obstacles to consider?
Thank you for helping – I hope that the responses here will serve to stimulate you as well as help me shape my own thoughts.