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Dear Theo: Presentation at interview???

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by squirlywhirly, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. Hi Theo,

    I had 2 interviews this and last week, but unfortunately didn't get either post :-( Anyway, I just found out the details for another one I have later this week, and they are wanting me to give a presentation!

    I have no idea what they will be looking for, this is for an NQT position. It's only got to be 5 minutes, and I have to talk about how I would aim to become an outstanding teacher...all pointers gratefully received!! Have never had to give a presentation at interview before so I'm a bit freaked out!

  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Yes you have given presentations - it's called the class plenary!
    Sorry about the 2 negatives, but there is certainly a positive here.
    The content you must work out for yourself - say what is essential to be outstanding first, then how you would do it. And don't forget to mention getting support from your mentor as part of it.
    The basic rule for presentations is:
    1) tell'em what you're going to tell'em. (EG I am going to tackle this in two/three sections, which will be . . .)
    2) Tell'em it
    3) Tell'em what you told'em. (So as I have explained, . . .)
    Best wishes and best of luck!
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please visit www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars or contact advice@tes.co.uk for one-to-one sessions.
  3. Hi there
    I had my first ever interview yesterday (unfortunately didn't get the job) and I had to give a 10 minute presentation on the 5 words that best describe me. I had to give it to a 4 member panel. I did a handout with the words on, and a quick summary of what I was going to say, and then just talked basically, giving examples of things I had done as evidence for each of the words. They seemed pleased with the handout but I guess my words weren't what they were looking for, and unfortunately they will only give me feedback if I make an appointment to go back to the school, which I don't have time to do, being in the middle of a placement, so I have no idea if my presentation was any good.

    Good luck with yours x
  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Agree it's better not to put ideas on a public forum and the ideas need to be from YOU. You're the person they're employinng and they want to see your ideas, not someone else's.
    Later on in the week for you next interview? That may just turn out to be 'THE ONE'.
    Look upon the previous interviews as 'dry runs' and

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