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Dear Theo, or anyone else who's reading.

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by ro_stjohn, Apr 18, 2016.

  1. ro_stjohn

    ro_stjohn New commenter

    I've got a job interview (at my dream job) where I have to do a 10minute presentation.
    The title is "What do you think you will learn/or have the opportunity to learn through working at this school?".

    I previous interviews I've never been this nervous. I've had to teach lessons, participate in group discussions (with other candidates), do a written exercise and have the standard interview but I've been thrown by this; I've not done a presentation since Uni (quite a few years ago).
    This being my dream job combined with the topic they've set I fear sets me up to looking like a teenager fangirling over a boyband.
    Any advice? Are they wanting me to show that I've done my research on the organisation? Is it because I have come across in my application that I think I know everything and they're trying to humble me? aaaaah!
  2. Northhead

    Northhead Occasional commenter

    Yes they want to know how well you know the school. What is its ethos? What's important to it as a school (eg the arts)? What are its strengths?

    Trawling through its website looking at its curriculum statements, newsletters etc should give you a good start.
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Well done for that interview!


    Every candidate will have the same topic, i reckon. So don't take it personally!

    Look at the differences between that school and your current one. That should give you some ideas.

    Here is a jolly good post on presentations - post #3. Don't be put off by the title of the thread - the advice is for everyone!

    Now for the general Interviews advice: I have included here links that may not be relevant to you, for the benefit of other posters.

    3. Preparing for Interview I suggest that you read these in this order

    Does calling for a reference mean that you've been shortlisted for interview? ***NEW ***

    Help, I've got an interview! *** The basic advice ***

    Teaching an observed lesson at interview

    Using mind-mapping for interviews *** The best-loved advice ***

    Tell us about yourself - dream or nightmare question? *** Read and note this ***

    Daft Interview Questions

    What shall I wear to the interview?

    Interviews – making a positive first impression

    How do you decide who to appoint?

    What excuse can I give for going to interview?

    Child Protection: the questions, NOT the answers

    A typical Child Protection Policy

    Two interviews and a dilemma

    Interview feedback - they blamed my experience, but they knew that when they shortlisted me!

    SLT interviews - possible questions

    In-tray exercises. Deputy Head

    Assistant Head interviews

    General interview questions

    Questions to ask at the end of your interview

    On here we have a very nice tradition that when you actually get a job, you start a brand-new thread (not adding it to this one - a brand-new thread) where you tell us your good news. You call it Dear Theo - I got that job! and this gives everyone a chance to congratulate you. It alsogives them hope and inspiration for their own jobseeking, to see you successful.

    Make sure you congratulate someone when you see a thread like that!

    So I will end by saying that we look forward to seeing your Dear Theo - I got that job!

    Best wishes

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