For me this happens every single time. Why? I know exactly why, at least I do now, it has come to me like a huge spotlight been switched on! I was interviewed by a panel of 3 - 2 Principals plus 1 Assistant Principal. They introduced the interview with " we have a set of 8 questions which will answer in turn..." When did choosing a teacher for a school suddenly turn into a production line? Anyone can rehearse and answer these questions without any prior experience of teaching. Sounding well versed in teaching pedagogy does not mean that you are (primary teacher here) caring, child-centred, instill confidence into less confident children, promote good standards, have high expectations, have good subject knolwedge etc etc etc. So why oh why do they ask such pointless dribble when in reality those who can produce text book answers to these questions are inevitably rubbish teachers. What does it prove? Evidence relating to teaching & learning, assessment regimes, presence in the classroom surely should come from a third party - ie the reference where the true personality of the individual should come from the interview. I honestly felt that I was on a production line in a factory - I got on the moving conveyor belt then was stopped, cut off because my time was up. What is to be done? Do interviewing panels actually need lessons on this? Do they need to be aware of the success criteria, how they will be assessed? Thoughts please?