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First teaching job interview: What questions are asked?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by moonphase9, Mar 31, 2020.

  1. moonphase9

    moonphase9 New commenter

    Hi all,

    I'm a PGCE student and have been invited to my first job interview. It's for Teacher of English.

    I have an idea of the type of questions that may be asked, but I like to be prepared, so are there any that the TES community can think of that I should be ready for?

    (Wisely, the school have decided to conduct the interview online, so no one is in danger of Covid-19 and there is a lesson to prepare but only the interview staff will see it.)
  2. daisy18

    daisy18 New commenter

    Sorry if I am too late. I’ve had quite a few and typically get asked the following :

    Why this school and this post

    Describe an outstanding lesson you have taught.
    Describe a lesson that didn’t go so well.

    How do you show/ measure progression.

    Tell about your achievements ( could ask about examination classes you’ve taught)

    How have you managed behaviour.

    What could you offer in the way of extra curricular/ wider school activities

    always a child protection question, what would you do in a given situation.

    possibly also ; tell me about yourself or your strengths/ weaknesses

    How do you work in a team

    Hope that helps
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  3. sugaflowa

    sugaflowa New commenter

    Has anyone got any tips for an online interview for a private school teaching post? Thanks
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    @sugaflowa, you are very concerned about this, I can see, as you are posting this same query all over the place, you poor thing!

    Keep calm.

    Easier said than done, I know, but honestly that's the best thing. Get yourself so well prepared that you can feel confident. That is honestly the best thing to do.

    @daisy18 - helpful reply there! And well done for not posting any suggested answers, that's totally the wrong sort of interview preparation, to see answers!

    @moonphase9, loads of people have found THIS very helpful, as well as general interview tips it includes a chapter on Skype interviews. And another one on Indy interviews, for sugaflowa!

    Best of luck everyone, and keep safe!

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  5. sugaflowa

    sugaflowa New commenter

    Thanks there, good tips and I have emailed you too.

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