How Charter School Job Interview Process Improves Recruiting - Andrew Epstein

In Chapter 3 of 19 in his 2011 Capture Your Flag interview with host Erik Michielsen, charter school executive Andrew Epstein shares what the Democracy Prep Charter School job interview process has taught him about more effective recruiting. Epstein notes that teachers are traditionally given demo lessons as part of the interview. This is typical across the industry. Democracy Prep also requires a demo lesson for non-instructional positions. This helps the school sort out skills qualification and ability to get things done. Additionally the school focuses not on industry experience but on professionalism and an ability to get things done. Epstein is currently Senior Director for Finance at Democracy Prep Public Schools in New York City. Previously, he was a finance executive at Universal Music Group's Island Def Jam Records and, previous to that, a schoolteacher in the Teach for America Corps program. He holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Columbia Business School.