Hi, Since obtaining QTS I have sent of 21 applications and managed to get 8 interviews. This is not a bad ratio, but soon enough the available jobs/luck of obtaining an interview will run out! Worse still, each interview has been a disaster, in one way or another. Either I give a **** lesson or interview, or both!!!! Either I come across as a shrinking violet or a cocky beep beep! I say too much or I say to little in interview! I give an awful to a question! My interviewing technique is a disaster! I had an interview today (no need to say how it went!!) and spent the night before practising answers to potiential questions, which seemed to help, but I still gave a fairly awful performance! My lesson showed me up I think! 1. Can you offer any advice on how to interview well? 2. Manage nerves? 3. Get the kids/HOD/HT on side? 4. Plan a lesson that is simple, but outstanding? 5. When asked 'how do you feel your lesson went?'....showing worthwhile reflections...should you annotate your lesson plan....make reflection notes? 6. What are useful things to do between the end of your lesson and the beginning of your interview, that will help you prepare for your lesson? 7. What are good, appropiate questions to ask at the end of the interview, for an NQT? 8. Present yourself as a competant, approachable teacher/person? 9. A good response to how you would uphold and contribute a school's ethos, particularly in catholic schools? Also.....are interview results decieded on informal observations? Including how you where when being shown around school? How you interacted with other members in your prospective department, when you meet them at some stage during the day? How questions you asked? I know you may not be able to answer every question, there may not even be an answer, but any help would be massively appreciated. I' am one more failed interview away from getting a job cold calling people, upselling bottled tap water!!!!! Even an antedoctal story, about a funny experience in interview or a placebo would help me feel better!!! Thank you and Regards An NQT in desperate need of an opportunity in teaching!!!