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Three top interview tips to help nail your teaching job interview

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Friday March 24, 2023

Preparing for your teaching job interview means that you can approach it with confidence. Here are some top tips to help prepare for your teaching job interview that will help you make a great first impression.

1) Research the school

Doing your research will help make sure you are fully prepared for your job interview and are prepared for any questions that may arise. If you want to stand ahead of the competition, make sure you have fully researched the school. ‘Doing your homework‘ on the school will help you to…
Talk more knowledgably about the school.
Demonstrate your keen interest and enthusiasm.
Show professionalism and diligence.

You can do the following to help research the school:

  • Look at the school website and learn more about their vision, curriculum, teaching and learning, policies, Ofsted report, information for parents and  students.
  • Arrange to look around the school. Getting first-hand knowledge of the school and speaking to current staff is priceless. It will also make a great first impression on your interview panel as it demonstrates your enthusiasm and initiative.
  • Take a look at their social media.

2) Find out what kind of interview you will face

If the school hasn’t told you what kind of interview you’ll be having, contact them to find out.
For example, you could be asked to do any or all of the following:

  • Tour of the school/meet the department.
  • An observed lesson
  • Student panel interview
  • Formal interview
  • A task

Once you’ve established what to expect you’ll be able to concentrate your efforts to help you prepare.

For the observed lesson, ask in advance how many students will be present, how long the lesson will it last, what year group will be, about the room size and layout, what equipment is available including IT, about the background and data of class, about the abilities of the students, if there are any vulnerable students.

Ensure you have a lesson plan. Stick to what you know works. Try your ideas out with your class in your current school and discuss your ideas with your mentor before your interview.

3) First impressions count

  • Dress appropriately and professionally.
  • Be yourself and try not to sound too rehearsed.
  • Try not to get too nervous!
  • Be confident. Walk with confidence and deliver a firm handshake, maintain eye contact and smile!
  • Review your application form. Think of how you can expand on any examples and skills and consider some alternatives.
  • Prepare well. Show your interest in the school and use the research you’ve already done to think of some questions to ask at the interview.
  • Plan your day. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your interview, plan your route/travel to the school, charge your mobile phone, give yourself enough time to review your application and research one last time.

Good luck! Interviews can be a nerve-racking process but if you prepare well, do your research, arrive in plenty of time and be yourself then you are already off to a great start!

Remember that if you aren’t successful, then it’s not the end of the world. You’ve just gone through a tough interview process. Get some feedback from the interview panel, build on your strengths, learn from the positives and use the experience to help you prepare for the next one.