Assistant Principal Interview Questions

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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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How do you decide what gets top priority when scheduling your time?

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    How do you decide what gets top priority when scheduling your time?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to hear that you think about your schedule before just jumping into it. It is good to start off with mentioning how you always keep your calendar up to date, your email inbox organized, or your trusty to-do list right next to you. This level of organization will show the interviewer that you always know what is on the docket.

      Then, jump into how you identify that top priority! Perhaps you spend 10 minutes each Monday morning determining which items have deadlines that week. Maybe you start each day off by categorizing each piece based on the level of urgency.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I spend 10 minutes in the morning jotting down the day's tasks into a notes app, ranking them on urgency. I separate my tasks into urgent, not-as-urgent, and long-term. It's effective because it helps me keep track of my deadlines and prevents me having to rush to finish my tasks quickly."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I usually arrange one or two important tasks to accomplish each day if I can. As soon as there are more than three tasks piled up I start getting less organized and more panicked, so mentally it's helpful to compartmentalize my priorities by day. If there's a lot to be accomplished, I'll separate my tasks by morning and afternoon."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Time management is critical to the success of our school. When prioritizing, I look at the deadlines first. Then, based on urgency I decide where to focus my attention first. Most of the time other daily tasks need attention at the same time, so I keep track of these in my daily calendar, setting reminders and checking things off my lists."

      3 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "Time management is critical for your school and community that is counting on you to manage your time. I look at items that have hard deadlines first. There are immediate situations that arise, but I don't like to multitask. If I am on a parent phone call, I would rather give that my full attention and make sure that it is handled properly. I use my google calendar to set alerts and reminders to make sure that priority tasks don't slip through cracks."

      Alexandra's Answer

      Great answer! This shows you are organized and understand prioritizing.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I am a stickler for time management. I look at deadlines and prioritize from there. Fortunately, I still have an excellent memory, but I still rely on Google Calendar and my notes on my phone to keep me on track."

      Rachelle's Answer

      The detail you offer here is great - these are very helpful tools for staying organized.

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