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. The principals will submit a wish list of students after the interviews are over. The students who interviewed will also submit a wish list for their top school choices.
When and where are the Partner School Interviews?
The interviews for Spring 2014, Fall 2014, and Winter 2015 are going to be held on January 27-29, 2014 in the Manwaring Center (rooms will vary).
What is the Mingle, and why do I need to go?
The Mingle is a time when the future student teachers can get to know the principals and schools. This is in contrast to interviews where the principals will get to know the students. Students should dress professionally. The mingle will take place in the Taylor Cultural Hall.
Please do not bring your resume and personal bio to the Mingle.
Please bring your I-card.
Although the interviews are expected for those students that are student teaching in the Spring 2014, Fall 2014, and Winter 2015 semesters, the Mingle is optional, though highly encouraged.
Do I need to go to the interviews?
Students who are student teaching in the Spring 2014, Fall 2014, and Winter 2015 semesters are required to go to the Partner School Interviews.
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 six partner school areas: Ogden, Salt Lake, Nampa, 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.
Will I need to sign in anywhere before I interview?
No. There will be an information table located by the MC Ballroom on the second floor. Students will need to pick up a wish list at the table. If you do not have a practicum name tag then we will have some name tags available. If you know what time and what school you are interviewing with, we will have the room numbers available.
How will the Field Services Office know what schools we want to be placed with?
When at the information table, pick up a wish list. Students will fill it out once their interviews are over and hand it in. The principals will also fill out a wish list of the students they desire for their school. The Field Services Office will match up the students' wish lists with the principals' wish lists and start making placements.
What if I have been approved for a local placement?
Students who have been approved for a local placement will need to sign up for local interviews AND a distant site as well. Students will not necessarily be placed there just because they interviewed for a distant site. If at the end of the interviews, you decide to stay local, only put local schools on your wish list.
How do I fill out a wish list?
Do I need to check in for each interview?
No. The information table is for picking up wish lists and a name tag if needed.
How do I cancel an interview?
Will there be group interviews?
Most likely. The principals can choose whether they would like one on one interviews or group interviews. However, because of the high number of students interviewing, sometimes group interviews are created to accommodate the high number of students.
When will I hear about my placement after I interview?
Placements will happen one of two ways. If a student's wish list matches up with a principal's wish list, then the placement will happen within approximately two months after the student teaching interviews. If a traditional placement is required, then the placement process will take longer. The student may hear about the placement up to one month before they student teach.