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Interview questions I was asked

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by princesstulip, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. princesstulip

    princesstulip New commenter

    Hi everyone

    Now that I've had time to process the whole
    experience, I would like to try helping other people with the sort of
    interview questions to expect. Obviously every school is different, and
    this is aimed more at primary applicants, but some questions were very
    general and open and will hopefully at least give ideas of what to think
    about. I can't remember the exact wording of most questions but will
    try my best!

    1) Why are you interested in this position?

    2) What are your main strengths as a teacher?

    After being asked this in all 3 interviews, my advice would be to
    have 2 points you can talkabout in detail and 1 or 2 further strengths
    you can mention briefley in case asked "anything else?"



    3) How do you approach behaviour management?
    4) What strategies could you use for particularly disruptive pupils?
    5) What does high quality learning look like in your classroom?
    This question stumped me a bit at first - what does it look like?
    - but realised not to take it too literally and discused teaching
    strategies, how to involve all pupils, creative ideas, assessment for
    learning, displays to support learning, organising other adults
    6) How can you contribute to the wider school community? (i.e. subject specialisms, extra-curricular activities)
    7) Explain the different approaches you use to assessment
    8) How will you try to ensure equality of opportunity?

    Well that's all I can remember at the moment. Hopefully it helps someone.
    But (not meaning to be patronising or sound like I have years of experience, I'm still a newbie, this is just my observation!) I did <u>much</u> better when I talked honestly about my skills and experience than when I tried to prepare really structured answers to particular questions.
    Before the interview which I was successful in, I just spent some time thinking about what I have to offer, why they should want me and how I could give examples and gear them to the needs and ethos of the school. It helped that the school ethos is really in tune with my own. I think head teachers notice and are impressed when you talk naturally and honestly and with your own feeling and passion behind it.





     
  2. princesstulip

    princesstulip New commenter

    Hi everyone

    Now that I've had time to process the whole
    experience, I would like to try helping other people with the sort of
    interview questions to expect. Obviously every school is different, and
    this is aimed more at primary applicants, but some questions were very
    general and open and will hopefully at least give ideas of what to think
    about. I can't remember the exact wording of most questions but will
    try my best!

    1) Why are you interested in this position?

    2) What are your main strengths as a teacher?

    After being asked this in all 3 interviews, my advice would be to
    have 2 points you can talkabout in detail and 1 or 2 further strengths
    you can mention briefley in case asked "anything else?"



    3) How do you approach behaviour management?
    4) What strategies could you use for particularly disruptive pupils?
    5) What does high quality learning look like in your classroom?
    This question stumped me a bit at first - what does it look like?
    - but realised not to take it too literally and discused teaching
    strategies, how to involve all pupils, creative ideas, assessment for
    learning, displays to support learning, organising other adults
    6) How can you contribute to the wider school community? (i.e. subject specialisms, extra-curricular activities)
    7) Explain the different approaches you use to assessment
    8) How will you try to ensure equality of opportunity?

    Well that's all I can remember at the moment. Hopefully it helps someone.
    But (not meaning to be patronising or sound like I have years of experience, I'm still a newbie, this is just my observation!) I did <u>much</u> better when I talked honestly about my skills and experience than when I tried to prepare really structured answers to particular questions.
    Before the interview which I was successful in, I just spent some time thinking about what I have to offer, why they should want me and how I could give examples and gear them to the needs and ethos of the school. It helped that the school ethos is really in tune with my own. I think head teachers notice and are impressed when you talk naturally and honestly and with your own feeling and passion behind it.





     
  3. Thank you that is very useful

    I was also asked at a recent interview to give an example of situation in or out of the classroom that has not been a success. (in school of course)
    In a pupil interview I was asked what has been the most satisfying experience in life! This was a girls' school too. You can imagine what was going through my mind (I am male)!!
     
  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Thanks princesstulip for posting those questions. They seem to be a fairly standard set of questions, slightly differently worded to those I've had in the past, though 6, 7 & 8 seem to be fairly important for other people to consider these days.
    However when you say
    " did <u>much</u> better when I talked honestly about my
    skills and experience than when I tried to prepare really structured
    answers to particular questions
    ."
    " I think head teachers notice and are impressed when you talk naturally
    and honestly and with your own feeling and passion behind it
    ."
    will certainly benefit others.
     
  5. Thank you princess, these are really useful. With my interview tomorrow now looming closely, I'll be having a good old think about these today.
    Thanks again, and again, many congrats!!
     
  6. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    Of course your answer would be along the lines of getting a good degree and then carrying on with your studies to qualify as a teacher wouldn't it.[​IMG]
     
  7. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Thank you to everyone who adds more to our information bank!
    (But do remember folks not to try and learn off answers by heart - it rarely works as you don't sound authentic. Unless you are a world-class actor, in which case you shouldn't be on here!)
    Best wishes
    ___________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars
     

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