A survey of recent graduates who successfully landed teaching positions was conducted to provide practical information for future teachers and the university personnel and faculty who may assist them with this process. The survey yielded insight as to the format and content of the interview and other factors which school district personnel may examine when making their decisions. The new teachers perceived that individual matters, such as gender or timing, and personality characteristics, such as enthusiasm or honesty, were probable reasons for landing their job as often as were factors relating to their teaching skills and knowledge. Innovative aspects of an interview process, such as portfolio reviews and demonstration teaching, were not widely used. Regular surveys of successful job seekers can track trends and changes in the process of finding that first teaching position.
Hoffman, Amy R., "Landing the Job: A Survey of New Teachers" (1995). Education. 3.