What NOT to do in your Senior Exit Interview

By Tara Karanik

With the Senior Exit Interviews set to take place after early release on Thursday and Friday, here’s a list of top 10 things Not to do in order to make a good impression.

  1. Don’t be late. The administrator-teacher panel will be annoyed if they have to wait for you. It also shows that you aren’t taking the interview seriously.
  1. Don’t stutter or use “like” or “um.” It makes you seem unintelligent and that you aren’t prepared.
  1. Don’t end the presentation or slide with “So, yeah.” “So, yeah” doesn’t summarize what you’re saying- everything is left up in the air. Be prepared and know how you will end each slide and how you will transition into the next.
  1. Don’t rush to answer the interview questions. The panel will ask you two questions and then present a scenario and ask what would be the responsible thing to do. Take a minute and think about how you want to answer them so that you can give a thoughtful and complete answer.
  1. Don’t stare at the Smart Board waiting for the timed slide to change. Make eye-contact with your audience. It shows you are prepared, confident and engaged in the presentation.
  1. Don’t be shy and fidget. Be confident! Walk into the room knowing you are going to ace the presentation! Shake the hands of the teachers on the panel; it shows confidence and preparation.
  1. One of the items on the rubric that results in an automatic failure is to show up in violation of the dress code. Make sure you are in proper Mass uniform, dress shoes and everything! The panel will be really picky about this. So, remember to be in proper Dennis pants or skirt and proper dress shoes. Look nice and professional!
  1. Don’t put random pictures of random people or random clip art on your slides. Make sure the pictures are of you and use personal examples. It shows that you know and practice the ESLRs of Reverence, Respect and Responsibility. Know each of the indicators as well so that if you pull a grab bag questions such as “Which one of the three Respect indicators do you practice the most and why?”, you aren’t left standing in front of the interview committee with a blank look on your face.
  1. Practice. Practice. Practice. It will be noticeable if you don’t practice. Practicing will help minimize stuttering and not knowing what to talk about on each slide.
  1. The No. 1 tip from Social Studies teacher and ESLR mentor David Lamb: Do not treat this as a joke. This is as serious as a real interview. The panel will be able to tell if you didn’t take your presentation seriously and will penalize you for it.