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First Head of Dept interview

Discussion in 'Heads of department' started by redlorry, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. redlorry

    redlorry New commenter

    Hope you can help,
    I have an interview coming up for a head of department. It's my first interview for this role and I'd just like a bit of a heads up in terms of the kind ofquestions that may be asked.
    Any advice gratefully received :)
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Pop over to the JobSeekers Forum and look at the two Interview clickables inside the Welcome thread. They are chock-full of advice in general for interviews.
    As for questions for this post, think about the Job/.Person spec, and how you can talk of examples of things that you have done successfully that relate to what you will do as a HoD. In particular think of support - supporting colleagues, supporting learners.
    Good luck!
    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 https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!

  3. I suppose the area of focus depends on the school, but I think it's fairly typical to be asked about the following areas:
    1) Data - your experience with using it/how it can be used effectively.
    2) How you would raise standards and results. Your innovative ideas for getting students engaged and involved. You need to make sure you've familiarised yourself with the departmental development plan for this one - there's no point banging on forever about SEN if your school/department's big focus is G&T, for example.
    3) How you would motivate and enthuse staff/deal with employee problems and issues, especially awkward ones such as staff underperforming or disciplinary issues. People Management is one of the biggest changes in stepping up to a role like HoD.
    Good luck!

  4. Is it ok to ask for DDP and will the school show it to you?

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