Why are teaching interviews always the same? They always ask the same questions: how would you use pupils' data to inform your teaching; a child comes to you saying they've been abused; how do you think your lesson went. I realise that they want to ask the interviewees the same questions, out of fairness and to allow for comparison, but really - so boring and predictable. Having conducted many interviews outside of teaching it is the norm to add a 'curve-ball' question, one that allows interviewees to show how they can think on their feet and is less easy to predict by those who shine at interviews because they can remember the 'good' answers. I bought this in when I was asked to conduct teaching interviews. As an example, when interviewing for a Head of English, as well as the usual boring questions I asked them all what one book would they take to a desert island. This allowed us to see the real them, as well as assess their love of their subject. One candidate who had been quite bland and uninteresting in his replies really came to life. His book was the complete works of Shakespeare, he argued how the whole of life can be found between the covers, how he could make the characters real to keep him company - he had the whole panel enthralled. He got the job, and proved to be a wonderful teacher. What question(s) are you always asked at a teaching interview, and what questions do you wish they'd ask.