I just finished the interview process for my successor and the candidate that was #1 for us spoke confidently, made eye contact, stopped and thought a few seconds before answering questions. She was able to relate examples of independent thinking, using judgement, providing education, dealing with parents. She had an answer ready when asked what strengths she brings to the job. She asked about job responsibilities, student population, hours distribution. She had a clue what an IEP, IHP, 504 are. She mentioned FERPA when speaking about confidentiality. (bonus points!) She has never worked in a school setting before, so she did a little research before coming to the interview.