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Dear Theo - Interview help please

Discussion in 'Independent' started by tigerleaf, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. Dear Theo,
    I wondered if you might be able to offer me some advice. I am a GTP English student applying for jobs and have been called for interview at a top public school next Tuesday. My background means that I am fairly confident about the interview, but I am not so sure about the lesson.
    Having trained and worked in the state sector for a while I am not sure that my normal way of doing things will go down well - i.e. using images, sounds, IWB and wizzy things to keep children engaged and to support weaker children. Do you think they will be looking for a more teacher-led traditional approach to the material (poetry) or will this be seen as dull? I know it is impossible for you to give any specific advice, I'm just looking for something general really.
    Many thanks in advance!

     
  2. Dear Theo,
    I wondered if you might be able to offer me some advice. I am a GTP English student applying for jobs and have been called for interview at a top public school next Tuesday. My background means that I am fairly confident about the interview, but I am not so sure about the lesson.
    Having trained and worked in the state sector for a while I am not sure that my normal way of doing things will go down well - i.e. using images, sounds, IWB and wizzy things to keep children engaged and to support weaker children. Do you think they will be looking for a more teacher-led traditional approach to the material (poetry) or will this be seen as dull? I know it is impossible for you to give any specific advice, I'm just looking for something general really.
    Many thanks in advance!

     
  3. I don't think that you can generalise about public schools. The one that I work at has recently gone all out for AifL and whizzy things. With two members of staff retiring last summer the HoD took the opportunity to take on two younger teachers and order interactive boards for every classroom. So what he was looking for was definitely someone who was into whizzy things.

    Can you not glean anything about the ethos of the school from the website? I would go with what you believe in your heart to be a good lesson. What kind of lessons are you going to teach once in post if you get it? Teach a lesson like that. I always believe that if you then don't get the job having been completely honest with yourself then it was for the best anyway because you would never have fit in.

    If you do decide to go for the whizzy bits think carefully about how you might answer any questions in the interview section about why you did that particular thing.
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Some very good advice given you there!
    I will give two bits.
    1) Be careful with the level - it may need to be a great deal higher than you think. Have a look at the results they get to get an idea, and be prepared to be flexible, with higher-level material available. Remember that they must all learn and progress.
    2) Go to the Welcome thread in JobSeekers and open the interview clickables there for general advice.
    You've done well to get shortlisted, now go and wow'em!
    Best of luck.
    ____________________________________________________________
    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!
     
  5. I got the job! Absolutely delighted, didn't imagine I'd be able to get a job like that this early
    in my career, especially as the other candidates had more experience. Really loved the school and the lesson went really well. Thank you for all the advice, it was heeded!

     
  6. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    Well done! I have no doubt that you will find it very rewarding.
     
  7. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Excellent! Really well done!
    Now, to encourage other people who are feeling a bit down in the mouth, go to JobSeekers and start a new thread called: Dear Theo - I got that job!
    ____________________________________________________________
    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!
     

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