I do hear what you're saying but you seem to think that both the lesson part and the interview part are not good ways of finding out if you like a teacher ( and to some extent i do agree with the points you've made as to why).....but how else is the school supposed to choose? I suppose they could ask for copies of observations or placement reports and look at references, rather than asking what I got in GCSE Geography and what professional bodies I'm a member of and what religion I am, and then just invite people in for an informal chat? Some schools I went to look around had a "planning" element at interview - ie you would be asked to plan a maths lesson around a specific objective during the interview. Anyone else had this? For me it would be a complete nightmare - I don't plan well under pressure so to speak. Quite often my best ideas come to me whilst driving home, sleeping (!) or from chatting to other people. Being asked to plan a lesson on the spot would make me want to cry and would not be a reflection of what I am actually capable of doing!