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Projecting Into A Leadership Role

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Projecting to a Leadership Role

Lots of the feedback coming down the pipeline is that you need to project into the role. The feedback hasn't been you didn't do it well. Its only a matter of if you do or do not. Projecting into the role needs to be occurring in your selection criteria responses AND in your interview.


Why do you need to project into a leadership role?


Projecting into a role is going to let the panel see if you've done your homework. Before any application or interview there is a few places you can get information that helps you see what the school is working on and needs.

Get this ready before hand

  • Find the schools improvement plan. It should be on their website. If it's not, ask for it. The improvement plan will give you a good idea about what the school has been focusing on. The role your applying for will be on there somewhere as a person responsible for an area of improvement. You can use this information when projecting into the role.


  • Take a look at the NAPLAN data from myschool.


  • Go looking for inside information from fellow staff. Ask around and see if anyone knows anyone from the school you're applying to. You should NOT use this information as truth and base all your decisions on it as it is only hear say. However, you can sometimes pick up a flavour of the school through this avenue.


  • Call the principal and have a talk about the role. See if there is any additional information you can get your hands on. Sometimes there is, sometimes there's now. I can't hurt to ask.

How to use it

Even though you now have an idea of what the school is focusing on, it doesn't mean that is all the school is working on. You may not know if they have already achieved their goals or not. Have they already moved on to something else? Don't stress about it. Just acknowledge you've read the documents and can support the work already being done.


With these clues, you can start to position yourself as a valuable leader to have on board.  Projecting into the role allows you the panel to see that you are already several steps ahead of someone else who hasn't taken the time to research their school. It shows that their school and this role is important to you. It shows that you're not just ploughing through interviews to get any role (even though that maybe the reality)


It also allows you to make a bridge for them. "This is what I bring to the role and I can see you're working on this and see how I can help build support and momentum in the team." Make it clear that your experience, positions you well to become a leadership team member.


How to project into a leadership role in your application


When you have written your response to a selection criteria using the STAR model, you use a few sentences, starting on a new line, at the end of the response to project into the role. Make these sentences italicised so it looks distinct to the rest of the text.


It can be as easy as stating, "As Head Teacher of English, I will bring/ensure/start/..."

You can bring in your leadership qualities and state the strengths you have, along with the actions you would take.


Do you need to? No but given the feedback and trends at the moment, I definitely would.



How to project into a leadership role in the interview


After giving your example leadership story, addressing the question, complete your response by projecting into the role. Again, it's as easy as saying, "As Head of Department Mathematics, I would ..." This is your opportunity to really lean into the information you have researched and show them you've already got some ideas of what you'd do for their school.



In conclusion

  1. Projecting into the role is important.
  2. Do your research to see what the school is focusing on.
  3. Always project in to the role in your application.
  4. You must project in the role in your interview.


If you'd like assistance with writing your selection criteria responses and/or interview preparation, reach out and book in a free 30 minute call to see how I can help.