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Dear Theogriff - or others, interview tomorrow and VERY nervous

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by mirigirl, May 25, 2016.

  1. mirigirl

    mirigirl New commenter

    I have an interview lesson tomorrow morning, in a school in which I have been volunteering (I have been staying in the area, and wanted to keep busy whilst unable to work full time, but now plans have changed and I am staying in the area). I have my lesson planned, have talked to the class teacher I am replacing, have back-ups for everything from failing technology to missing whiteboard markers. My question is how to calm the nerves so I can focus on the teaching. I went through many Mocksteds, and two Ofsted inspections last year (lucky me, I changed schools....) and was so nervous I ended up tongue tied. Does anyone have any foolproof tips?

    Also, i have read your excellent advice articles before, but can't find them in the "new look" site. Can someone point me to them, as a bit of calming bedtime reading.

    Thank you...
  2. gingerhobo48

    gingerhobo48 Star commenter

    I hope everything was alright in the end.I suffer from really bad nerves, and I mean REALLY bad.I had an interview on Tuesday (I got the job yaaaaayyyy!) It didn't involve a lesson observation but I found from previous feedback I forget to smile when with the children, so a simple thing you can rectify. I also physically shake with nerves, which isn't good as I normally teach EY's so normally there's a story involved, so I really think about the resources I am going to use. On a practical level, I find taking deep breaths help but not too many, and water.I took a big bottle in with me and I drank nearly all of it during the interview. I also tried 'bigging' myself up in my head beforehand , telling myself I have a lot to offer and I am just what they need which seemed to help. I really hate the way I get so nervous, it annoys me but I am getting better.I try and put it into perspective, the fear I am feeling.I have a very real fear, a phobia which I have had to face so anything I have been nervous of doing since then doesn't seem so bad (which it isn't)

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