Getting Ready For Your Tutor Interview

For tutors, a tutor interview is in essence a job interview. The family you are meeting with is your potential employer. You most likely have had at least one if not multiple forms of communication with the family already and have a general sense of what the family and student are looking for from phone conversations or exchanged emails.  The in person tutor interview is when both you and the family make a decision on whether or not you and their child (or children) are a good fit for tutoring. A good interview is the starting point of a great tutor and student relationship.

Here are some tips to keep in mind for a successful tutor interview.

Talk About Yourself!

Your paper resume and online profile can only go so far. Use the tutor interview as an opportunity to talk about you! Give the family an overview of your educational and teaching background. Do you have any awards or certifications that you have earned? Talk about them! If you are hired for a specific subject such as Chemistry or Spanish, talk about your success in those areas and (if applicable) how you have helped other students. Have some talking points ready to go before you start the interview so it doesn’t seem like you are reading your resume verbatim.

Prepare Questions for the Family

A tutor interview is a two-way street. The family will ask you questions about your background and qualifications, but you should ask questions, too. Inquire about what the student’s strengths and weaknesses are. Find out if the student has any learning disabilities that need to be addressed such as Dyslexia or ADD. You can even ask questions such as what the student’s favorite subjects are and what his or her learning style is. This will help you create a better picture of how your prospective tutee learns and what areas you and the student need to focus on during your tutoring sessions.

Establish Goals

Are the parents and/or student looking for specific goals to be accomplished through tutoring? Is it improved grades, better reading aptitude, or better scores on standardized tests? The parents will most likely like a baseline to measure their child’s progress against. Set goals during the tutor interview so that a few months down the road, you can meet with the parents to discuss the student’s progress and how they are doing in reaching said goals.

Dress to Impress

This may seem redundant, but your outfit says a lot about you. Unlike a traditional job interview, you are most likely meeting the student and his/her parent’s at their home. As the meeting isn’t in a traditional office setting, your outfit should be formal but comfortable. A full suit is probably too much, but you also don’t want to show up wearing jeans and a t-shirt. Make sure your outer appearance reflects your personality too. Your outfit can also help boost your confidence for the interview. When you look good, you feel good.


One Response to “ Getting Ready For Your Tutor Interview ”

  1. Previously, i employed many tutors as part of an Educational Resource Center. Business was excellent and I just downsized recently when my husband retired and my own children’s college educations were paid for.
    I used to have a dress code and behavioral protocols that were paramount in running an organization. Tutoring builds a close interpersonal relationship. Mutual respect for the other person’s role and requirements is key.