How To Write The Perfect Interview Follow-Up E-mail For Teachers

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Follow-Up E-mail for Teacher Interview

So you just had your teacher interview for a job you are really interested in. You always hear “be sure to send a follow-up e-mail!” but what should you write in it? Let’s break it down:

Choose a Stand Out Subject Line

When you are choosing a subject line for your e-mail, it is important to remember that the person you are e-mailing likely gets hundreds of e-mails a day! Choose a subject line that is going to stand out and get to the point. For example:

  • Thank you so much (Interview Follow-Up)
  • Thank you for your time, [insert interviewer’s name]
  • Thank you! -[First Name, Last Name, Job Title you applied for]
  • Great speaking with you today!
  • Thank you for the opportunity
  • Follow up regarding [insert position title]

Step 1: Thank Them

After you open your e-mail, be sure to thank the person for taking the time to interview with you. You can let them know that you enjoyed getting to know them (and whoever else might have also sat in on the interview). Similarly, if they gave you any specific insight into the company, you can also thank them for sharing that as well.

Example: Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me today regarding your 3rd-grade teaching position. I enjoyed learning about your dedicated teaching staff, your school’s positive-behavior support system, and your values as a leader. My teaching ideals very much align with the priorities of yourself and your staff.

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Step 2: Remind Them That You Are Interested (& Why You Would Be A Good Fit)

The next part of the e-mail is going to be reminding the principal oof your enthusiasm for the position, and why you are a good fit for the job.

Example: As I mentioned today, I am extremely interested in becoming part of the Lincoln Elementary family as part of your staff for the upcoming school year. I believe that my curriculum writing experiences, passion for social-emotional learning, and experience creating inclusive classroom spaces will be a perfect addition to the creative and passionate teaching team at Lincoln Elementary.

Step 3: Contact Info & Teaching Portfolio

Finish it off with your signature, how they can reach you, and a link to an online teaching portfolio or website of yours so that they can reference information about you and your teaching practices later on.

Example: Thank you, again, for your time and insight. If you have any other questons, or need any additional resources from me, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can also find more information here, on my online teaching portfolio.

After An Interview Follow-Up E-mail Sample for Teachers

Subject Line of the Message: Interview Follow Up [3rd Grade Teacher // Jessica Hannah]

Dear Principal Johnson,

Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me today regarding your 3rd-grade teaching position. I enjoyed learning about your dedicated teaching staff, your school’s positive-behavior support system, and your values as a leader. My teaching ideals very much align with the priorities of yourself and your staff.

As I mentioned today, I am extremely interested in becoming part of the Lincoln Elementary family as part of your staff for the upcoming school year. I believe that my curriculum writing experiences, passion for social-emotional learning, and experience creating inclusive classroom spaces will be a perfect addition to the creative and passionate teaching team at Lincoln Elementary.

Thank you, again, for your time and insight. If you have any other questions, or need any additional resources from me, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can also find more information here, on my online teaching portfolio.

Sincerely,

Jessica Hannah
teachtolovelearning@gmail.com
555-555-1212
www.onlineteachingportfolio.com
twitter.com/teachtolovelearning

If things didn’t go well…

But! What do you do if you feel like you bombed the interview, but really want the job? It isn’t too late! In addition to the format above, you are going to add in one more paragraph to the middle of your e-mail. The new format will be as follows:

Step 1: Thank Them

Step 2: Remind Them That You Are Interested (& Why You Would Be A Good Fit)

Step 3: Re-answer a few interview questions

Step 4: Contact Info & Teaching Portfolio

Let’s dig into Step 3. It is possible that an interview question, or two, caught you off guard. The whole car ride home you can’t stop thinking about what you should have said…or how you could have worded things differently. Good news! You can still share those thoughts with the principal (or admin) after you leave the interview. I am going to put an example below, but here are a few important things to consider.

  • Keep it short and sweet. Maybe two paragraphs max. You really want to keep a follow-up e-mail short if at all possible.
  • Choose one or two questions that didn’t go well, and address them in this part of the e-mail. Unfortunately, you can’t re-do your whole interview over e-mail, so choose the parts of the interview you feel are most important to re-address.
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Example: During my interview today, you had asked me about how I would work with a challenging colleague. A few things that I forgot to mention were:

My philosophy when working with any co-worker, but especially someone I may disagree with on certain things, is communication, communication, communication. Communication can be a preventative measure for disagreements, and also a way to share expectations and norms with one another. I pride myself in being an excellent communicator, and in this particular situation, I had also emailed my team with detailed calendars, idealists, and communication templates that they could use in their own classrooms.

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