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First Job interview in a long time!

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by acthell, Jan 23, 2016.

  1. acthell

    acthell New commenter

    Experienced teacher but rubbish at interviews. First job I've applied for in a long time but I need to move on.

    Have been offered an interview but am already quite nervous as I don't know what sort of things have changed.... Questions???

    Last time I interviewed you taught a lesson and had 4 maybe 5 questions.

    I have 2 pre interview tasks:

    1) competency based interview to plan a 45 min lesson and resources ... But it doesn't say I have to teach it????

    2) 15-20 min discussion with children about lunches!?! Am really not sure what I'm supposed to plan for here ... Questions?

    Any advice gratefully received....
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Firstly, well done! You have already impressed the panel with your application - go in there confidently.

    1) So you plan the lesson - ensure you have differentiation, and i would also have a brief bit at the end about taking it forward in the next session. And if you've planned it, surely quite possible to deliver it if they ask on the day?

    2) Well, what would you do in your school if the KS co-ordinator asked everybody to have a discussion with their class about lunches . . . This may be instead of a teaching session, it occurs to me.

    Here are the links to the interview advice articles in the Professional Advice Hub. I have included links to things that are not relevant to you, for the benefit of other posters.

    3. Preparing for Interview I suggest that you read these in this order

    Help, I've got an interview!*** The basic advice ***

    Teaching an observed lesson at interview

    Using mind-mapping for interviews*** The best-loved advice ***

    Tell us about yourself - dream or nightmare question?*** Read and note this ***

    Daft Interview Questions

    What shall I wear to the interview?

    Interviews – making a positive first impression

    How do you decide who to appoint?

    What excuse can I give for going to interview?

    Child Protection: the questions, NOT the answers

    A typical Child Protection Policy

    Two interviews and a dilemma

    Interview feedback - they blamed my experience, but they knew that when they shortlisted me!

    SLT interviews - possible questions

    In-tray exercises. Deputy Head

    Assistant Head interviews

    General interview questions

    Questions to ask at the end of your interview

    On here we have a very nice tradition that when you actually get a job, you started a brand-new thread (not adding it to this one - a brand-new thread) where you told us your good news. You call it Dear Theo - I got that job! and this gives everyone a chance to congratulate you. It also gives them hope and inspiration for their own jobseeking, to see you successful.

    Make sure you congratulate someone when you see a thread like that!

    So I will end by saying that we look forward to seeing your Dear Theo - I got that job!

    Best wishes

  3. soundstuff13

    soundstuff13 New commenter

    I also have an interview tomorrow, or rather the first stage of the interview process, which involves 3 tasks of varying time length (10, 15 and 25 minutes) and a 20 minute lesson observation.
    It has been long time since I went through this process and I'm worrying quite a lot about the tasks and what they will entail. However, having read some of this advice I think I'll manage to sleep tonight.
    My lesson is planned. I did re-visit the school and ask about available equipment in the room but was discouraged from asking other questions about the children I will meet.
    My worry is the use of jargon (something I was never very good at) and if I understand a) what the task is asking b) using the right vocabulary to explain my ideas.
    Any last minute thoughts ? Help ? The correct answers ?!
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Breathe deeply and keep calm . . .

    Best wishes to all those being interviewed tomorrow. And we look forward to seeing your Dear Theo - I got that job!

    Best wishes

  5. soundstuff13

    soundstuff13 New commenter

    I laughed, I smiled, I stayed calm..... I even remembered to breathe, thank you.
    No immediate feedback so I'm in comfort eating creme egg mode now.
    Still the class seemed to enjoy what I did but I think I might have fazed them a little by my talking speed.
    I just have to wait and see.
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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