Frequently Asked Questions:
Partner School Interviews
What are Partner School Interviews?
Partner School Interviews are an opportunity for most of the principals from BYU-Idaho's partner school areas come to the BYU-Idaho campus to interview students before their student teaching. These interviews will determine your student teaching placement.
When and where are the Partner School Interviews?
For those student teaching in Spring 2017, interviews will be January 30, 2017. For Fall 2017, interviews will be March 6-8, 2017. For Winter 2018, interviews will be September 25-27, 2017. All will take place in the Manwaring Center (rooms will vary).
What is the Meet and Greet, and why do I need to go?
The Meet and Greet is different from the Interviews because it is a time when you (the student) will have the opportunity to get to know the principals and schools, instead of the principals getting to know you. Students should dress professionally.
Please do not bring your resume to Meet and Greet.
The Meet & Greet is optional, though highly encouraged.
Do I need to go to the interviews?
All students who are student teaching in the Spring, Fall, and Winter 2017 semesters are required to go to the Partner School Interviews. Please check the dates for interviews above.
What if I am off-campus during the Partner School Interviews?
If students are off-campus during the interviews, they are highly encouraged to come to BYU-Idaho if at all possible. Some circumstances make coming to campus impossible, so there will be Google Hangout interviews conducted. For information about setting up Google Plus for the interviews, directions will be given in the emails sent out concerning interviews, or please click HERE.
What are BYU-Idaho's partner school areas?
BYU-Idaho has five partner school areas: Weber (Ogden area), Salt Lake, Local (Bonneville), Las Vegas, and Mesa. For more information about the partner school areas and to look at the information for individual schools within the areas, please click HERE.
Do I need to sign in/check in anywhere before I interview?
No. There will be an information table if you have any questions or concerns. If you know what time and what school you are interviewing with, we will have the room numbers available at that table.
What if I need a local placement?
Anyone who would like to be considered for local placement will be able to interview with our local district. As there are no guarantees regarding placement, we encourage all students to interview with more than one of our partner schools. This provides you with a more varied experience and different opportunities to learn.
How do I cancel an interview?
Please contact The Field Services office by phone (208-496-4140)
Will there be group interviews?
Most likely. The principals choose whether they would like one-on-one interviews or group interviews. Because of the high number of students interviewing, group interviews are created to accommodate the high number of students.
When will I hear about my placement after I interview?
Offers will come shortly after completion of all interviews through an Area Coordinator. If a placement is not offered, Field Services will work with our Partner Schools to obtain a placement for you. Placement information should be received within two weeks of the Interviews, but it is possible that it may take longer.
What if I don’t receive an offer?
The Field Services Office advocates for those who do not receive an offer. We do our best to place each student in a quality student teaching experience. This becomes our main priority in the weeks following placement interviews. It may take a little more time, by you will be placed.