Cathy StephensQ: Should I bring a lesson plan to my interview? I have read that sometimes an interviewer will ask to observe a lesson.

A: Typically, if they plan on observing a lesson, they will let you know in advance so that you can prepare. That being said, you should be prepared for just about anything. You may have an interview panel ranging from two people to 10. Your interview may last an hour or three. In most states, districts have the freedom to implement their own hiring processes, and many of them get creative. As a teacher, you need to be ready for anything, so some districts will construct their interview process with that in mind. Generally speaking, most will give you an idea in advance of what the process will be, but others may throw in some surprises.

Q: What should I include in my follow-up email and when should I send it? Should I send it immediately or wait until they might be making decisions?

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