Generations are changing quickly. It’s not easy at all for us “older” to get close to the hearts of the children, to build good relationships with them, and simply to work with them effectively.
School principals, as well as other people that may lead the interview for your job, are aware of that situation. They will try to find out why you think that exactly you can win the hearts of the students, and what you consider important when working with young people.
Humility always works
Every good assistant principal respects the children and their opinions. The worst thing you could do in an interview would be to say that you’d like to apply authoritative leadership. “I am an assistant principal, so children will listen to me.” This approach does not work anymore. Neither in the corporate world, nor in education.
Minds and hearts of young people are sensitive, and ,regretfully, often also self-centered. It’s impossible to use an authoritative leadership with them. Oppositely, you should try and think about their desires and problems, and do things that can bring you closer to them, at least on the emotional level. Our sample answers can help you to compose your own reply to this tough question.
I try to be a good listener at the first place. I try to understand each person in school, and find an individual approach to their problem. I am also humble and try to be friendly with children, so they can see it, and hopefully talk to me openly as well.
I still feel very young, to be honest. I like sports, modern music, I like to go out with friends. Obviously all of that in my free time. My activities do help me to be close to the young people, since we share the same hobbies. If I get this role, I plan to actively participate in activities organized for them, in order to be “one of them” sometimes, at least in their eyes.
They key to work with young people lies in an understanding of their problems and points of view. This is what I always try to do, and you should consider it for your interview answer.
- Why do you think you can be a good assistant principal?
- What do you consider the main challenges for you in your new job?