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Being interviewed by pupils???

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by anon1369, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. Sorry to start another thread on here but I have just discovered that as part of my interview tomorrow, not only will I have the usual interview with a panel such as the headteacher etc but I will also be interviewed by a group of pupils!
    I have never had this before and this has made my nerves 10 times worse, has anyone got any experience of this? If so what kind of questions where you asked and how did you find it?
    Thanks!
     
  2. I had that as well, its not that bad to be honest.
    Be honest and act as though you would to anyone else, dont talk them down and be as you would answering question from anyone else.
    The questions I got were like, how to raise attainment and interest, what did I think of the school, why did I choose it, asking about school routines and their importance, what youre like as a teacher.
    Good luck!!!
    xxx
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Too late for you, but for others . . . do a search on here on School Council - you'll find threads by other posters on being interviewed by pupils.
    And for general interview advice, you should open the Welcome thread and read the Interview clickables.
    Then when you get the job, you strat a new thread called Dear Theo - I got that job!
    Best wishes to all.
    ____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    The next Workshops I'm doing that still have vacancies are on Sunday 13th and Friday 25th February. There is also a specialist Workshop for applications to SLT on Saturday February 19th.
    Go to http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     
  4. rainbow_gold

    rainbow_gold New commenter

    i have two interviews coming up, and at both schools I will be having an interview with a student panel - so it must be a new way of seeing who the pupils may like. I'm quite looking forward to it, but I have been warned to expect some 'out there' questions!
     
  5. David Getling

    David Getling Senior commenter

    Personally, I'd like to take this one stage further. As long as the candidate didn't object, I'd like to MAKE schools publish, on their website, the full details supplied by all applicants for a position.

    Then pupils and parents could find out who they never got the chance to see. I'm willing to bet that this would change the recruitment habits of a great many headteachers!
     
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    I am tempted to say: Don't be silly.
    But I shall resist the temptation and say nowt.
    [​IMG]
    ____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    The next Workshops I'm doing that still have vacancies are on Sunday 13th and Friday 25th February. There is also a specialist Workshop for applications to SLT on Saturday February 19th.
    Go to https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     
  7. David Getling

    David Getling Senior commenter

    I'm tempted to say don't be so arrogant.

    With all your years of experience, Theo, I'm certain you've come across numerous bad appointments. Jobs sometimes go to mates. Sometimes a teacher loses a job because he is "too nice" or "too qualified". Then we have schools where preference is given to men/women. And we get pure stupidity: the head didn't like the candidate's shirt, handshake, etc.

    Or perhaps the head doesn't approve of teachers exercising their democratic right and expressing their opinion on the internet.
    [​IMG]

    Students, and their parents, have a right to be informed of decisions that affect their education. So, unless the candidate (for privacy reasons) objects, they have a right to know which teachers they are being deprived of. And if the majority of students/parents feel that a bad choice has been made then the head better come up with a bloody good explanation.
     
  8. I thought I would update this post since my interview incase other people come across this thread.
    The student interview was very scary. There were about 12 students and 2 teachers present all sat infront of me in panel format. I was asked about 20 questions some about my education history and hobbies/interests, some students gave me scenarios where I had to say what I would do (eg what would I do if someone was disrupting the lesson).
    I didn't get the job! But in the feedback one of my downfalls was the student interview. Apparently I came across as too friendly and not professional enough? And the students want a strict teacher (mrs trunchball??) who can take charge, not some-one who tries to be their friend. When I was given this feedback I was totally flabbergasted to be honest.
    As I have never done this before I wasn't too sure how to act so I was trying to just be myself and I didn't want to talk down to the students so I geared my answers more towards them. Obviously this was the wrong tactic! I didn't know I was supposed to treat them like professional interviwers! At least I know for next time I suppose.
    And on this note I thought I would add that we only saw the head for 1 second - he wasn't involved in the interview nor the final decision!! Also one of the other candidates was friends with some of the staff in the department. So who knows?
     
  9. David Getling

    David Getling Senior commenter

    Sorry you didn't get the job, Crazy, but don't believe the rubbish about being too friendly. Are you certain that the above opinion was that of the students, and not that of the two teachers who were present?

    This is what I've often found. You get a teacher who the students really like and so they don't want to misbehave in his class and give him a hard time. The lessons may not be that quite, but there's a good atmosphere and the work gets done. Teachers who aren't so popular and have to work hard to keep control, often handing out punishments for petty infringements, HATE these popular teachers.
     
  10. mmm...Milk

    mmm...Milk New commenter

    I am quite sure that for female teachers the hight (or not) of the neck/ hem line make quite a difference to the Y9s on the pannel. Explains why the pretty ones always get the job.[​IMG]For men, I dont know! I HATE the pupil interview- I have had ones from a child in every year group, interviewing two candidates at the same time, which was utterly unfair on both of us and an awful position to be in, and then one where they don't have any questions -they just want a chat! I don't like them - you see kids who take you around the school, you teach a class of them, but that doesn't seem to be enough. Ihave been asked what superhero I would like to be, what I would do if.... I konw a lot of weight goes behind the kids decision, and I am not convinced it is the right thing to do,
     
  11. I am a young female (and was the only young female at the interview) but didn't get the job so I must be ugly then lol! [​IMG]
    On the other note, I had quickly searched through the forums and found that quite a few people had mentioned they were asked silly questions like who was their favourite cartoon/superhero etc. So I (naively) took this to mean that these interviews are not that 'serious' and I was obviously wrong! What really annoyed me was that apparently the students also said they wanted someone who could 'take charge of a classroom' - how dare they comment on my teaching ability/classroom management when they have never seen me in a classroom. I was obviously treating them differently than I would have had we been in a classroom.
    Grrr sorry it is still making my blood boil [​IMG]
     

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