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Dear Theo - the interviewer rather than ee?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by anon8315, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. anon8315

    anon8315 Established commenter

    Hey, I will be interviewing for a classroom teacher (maternity - fixed term contract) and it is at a school I haven't yet started working at (start Easter!)
    The Head has asked me to think of what I'd like to ask at interview and has assured me that since I am the one working closely with whoever we appoint it will be "my choice" and they will only act as a sounding board. As a result I am worried because the responsibility lies on my shoulders!
    I'm inclined to ask questions such as: tell us about a good lesson you taught, what would I see if I came into your classroom on a learning walk, what personality trait do you feel you could bring to our department ...
    What do you think? Any advice?x
     
  2. anon8315

    anon8315 Established commenter

    Hey, I will be interviewing for a classroom teacher (maternity - fixed term contract) and it is at a school I haven't yet started working at (start Easter!)
    The Head has asked me to think of what I'd like to ask at interview and has assured me that since I am the one working closely with whoever we appoint it will be "my choice" and they will only act as a sounding board. As a result I am worried because the responsibility lies on my shoulders!
    I'm inclined to ask questions such as: tell us about a good lesson you taught, what would I see if I came into your classroom on a learning walk, what personality trait do you feel you could bring to our department ...
    What do you think? Any advice?x
     
  3. I loathe this question! I never know what to say! :(
    Other questions I've had, or have heard of: Tell me something in a lesson that didn't go so well? What did you learn from it? Tell me what you thought about the lesson you delivered (for interview). How would approach teaching X scheme of work. What would you do if XYZ?
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    How about . . . looking in the Welcome thread at the top and opening the clickable called "Possible interview questions"?
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    Best wishes
    _______________________________________
    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.
    I shall be doing the Win That Teaching Job seminar on Saturday February 25th, and also the Moving into Headship or SLT seminar on Saturday 18th February
    www.tesweekendworkshop87.eventbrite.com
    www.tesweekendworkshop82.eventbrite.com
     
  5. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    As you're the HOD and your key responsibility is raising attainment, I'd suggest a question about how the teacher can use data with each of her/his groups to plan so that each child can make better progress. You'll also want subject-specific questions - if your subject were English, for example, you might ask about how the candidate has used a novel, poem, piece of non-fiction,etc with a specific year group; questions about teaching KS4, especially lower and higher ability groups; effective marking and feedback.
    Try to make your questions specific enough that the candidate won't/can't just woffle, but be ready to 'drill down' with follow-up questions as necessary - these are where your specialist knowledge is invaluable.
    Let me know how you find the experience!


     
  6. anon8315

    anon8315 Established commenter

    Thanks - they are great suggestions!
    I'm quite looking forward to it but I'm quite nervous too!
     
  7. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    I recall some years ago a colleague saying they'd been asked at an interview for HOD English, 'What are you reading at present, how are you enjoying it and why?'
    She said it floored her momentarily, but then it turned out to be - she thought - a really good, indightful question to ask an English teacher.
     

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