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Dear Theo - no interview lesson?!

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by sweetmelon, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. Dear Theo,
    I found out today that I've been shortlisted for an interview, for which there is no requirement to teach a lesson, but that I will be interviewd by two panels?
    Is this normal? I have never heard before of NOT having to teach an interview lesson. Why would they not do this? (not that I am desperate to do one!)

  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    No idea!
    It's been a good 12 or 15 years since I last saw a selection procedure without a lesson.
    But make sure that you know exactly what are the elements of an outstanding lesson in case it is asked.
    Go and read the Interview clickables inside the Welcome thread for moew tips on preparation.
    You've done well to get an interview - good on you!
    Best wishes for The Big Day.
    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.
    By popular demand! In response to Tessers e-mailing in: another Job Seminar now on Saturday 14th May:
    The next Moving onto Leadship seminar is Sunday 15th May.
    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.
    Look forward to seeing you!
  3. Thanks for your prompt reply - will go read those threads now :)
  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Congratulations on the interview, or in your case 2 interviews!
    In my (small) experience, It's fairly unusual not to want to see you teach (unless it's for SMT, in which case it may well be assumed you can do that), but at least you can devote all your energies into the interviews? Could one possibly be a student panel, or if a 'church' school a 'church' panel?
  5. Don't knock it [​IMG] I really hate that part of the interview as I don't feel I'm very good at demonstrating what I can do with children I've never met, I find the pressure of trying to plan and differentiate for an unknown quantity very stressful. I've heard that many heads will observe you in your current school when you apply for jobs beyond your NQT year, I hope this is true.
  6. I have experienced this twice now. I asked the head in one school why and he said that he was perfectly sure that if we had passed a teaching degree and got QTS then we were qualified to teach. He was more concerned with the type of person that would be joining his team and whether they would share the same values as the staff.
    Not sure that it is the norm though....
  7. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Actually I do think this is the norm.
    Staffroom expertise across the curriculum, balance of personalities, ages etc., all will factor into the equation of what makes a successful staff & therefore a successful school. Schools work best with shared values with the odd touch of ' innovation' to keep staff alive & moving forward.
  8. It is normal practice in Scotland (state schools) to just have an interview, I've only had to teach lessons at interviews in indy schools.

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