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Dear Theo - What to expect at Interview?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by rainbow_gold, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. rainbow_gold

    rainbow_gold New commenter

    Dear Theo,
    I've just been offered an interview for a position Teaching Secondary English, I'm in the middle of my training and this is my first interview. I'm very excited to have an interview to prepare for, but also very nervous!...
    Could you tell me a little about what to expect? How many people do you think will sit in my individual interview? Will I definately be teaching a lesson, or do you only do that if you make it through a first round of interviews? Do you meet the head and senior staff or do schools generally only introduce you to the department that you will be working in?
    I'm also wondering about what to wear...I'm leaning towards dressing smart (suit, shirt etc) but have been told that as an English teacher I should put some 'personality' into my outfit?...
    I'm sorry if I'm asking questions that have been answered a hundred times over!
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    How exciting!
    Well done for getting that interview, really great news.
    Tip for next time: if you have more than 1 question, it's easier if you number them.
    Q1 Usually 3 or 4
    Q2 Most schools expect a lesson, they will tell you about it beforehand if so.
    Q3 There are not usually 2 rounds of interviews for a teaching post, only for Leadership
    Q4 The Head is usually on the interviewing panel
    Q5 Go for smart formal wear. Don't put personality into your clothes. I still remember the interviewee who had a tie with what looked like cannabis leaves on it . . . distracted me entirely from what he was saying. When I commented mildly on that interesting tie, he told me that he had bought it in Amsterdam . . .
    2 more tips:
    1) Go to the Welcome thread and read the interview clickables to get advice on how to prepare sensibly for the interview.
    2) English teachers more even than others are expected to be able to spell correctly, especially those words which are very often found mis-spelt.
    Best wishes
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    The next Workshops I'm doing that still have vacancies are on Sunday 13th and Friday 25th February. There is also a specialist Workshop for applications to SLT on Saturday February 19th.
    Go to http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!
  3. rainbow_gold

    rainbow_gold New commenter

    oops how embarrassing!
    Thanks for the advice

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