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Discussion in 'Independent' started by TheoGriff, May 17, 2009.

  1. TheoGriff

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    Thought it might be useful to gather these together for you . . . some of the threads that I
    give below have more information than may at first be apparent from the thread

    Get your Key Points clear in your mind! I always think that it's good to
    prepare for interview by identifying 3 or 4 key points about yourself that you
    want to get over to the panel. They have to be about YOU, not key points that
    someone else has suggested, because they have to want YOU, because it's YOU
    that's going to have to do the job, fit in with the rest of the school, etc.,
    so givng them answers that don't show YOU but someone else is plain daft.

    So think of your key points. I have good communication skills with parents. I
    am very committed to the pastoral side of teaching. I am prepared to work my
    socks off for the children. I am very analytical and clear-headed. I am very
    caring about the whole child. I think academic success is the main thing.

    (This is too many . . .)

    Whatever they are - and it's unlikely anyone would have the variety I have
    given as examples! - when you get a question, ask yourself Is there one of my
    key points that I can illustrate here?

    This should allow you to give a picture of who you are and your strengths.

    For general interview preparation, here are some websites.




    Scroll to the bottom of:


    Here are some TES threads that may interest you . .

    to the interview - the Susan Boyle Youtube approach . . .

    Theo- What are they looking for during an interview lesson?

    * *
    * Possible interview questions * * *

    Headteacher interview questions

    Theo - interview technique (DHT)

    Theo invited for interview again at same school

    Theogriff-interview and portfolio advice?

    Ready for interview

    questions to ask in your interview

    presentations- help needed!

    offered a job, must I decide instantly?

    there any point going to interview if there is an internal candidate?

    have my first ever interview at a private school

    Theogriff and other Private School Heads

  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    *sigh* Sorry about that formatting rubbish at the beginning. *sigh*
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Up to the top . . .
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    The final interviews of the year are happening now . . .
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Best wishes to those continuing the job search.

    NB to all posters - I am off on my hols tomorrow, see you in September!
  7. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Bump for the October interviews
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  9. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Some really good ideas from the poster A Kirk:
    Dear Theo,
    I have always wanted to write to you to ask for advice and such - but I found that most of my questions were answered if I did a thorough search and read other peoples' posts - and (if I am completely honest, I was a wee bit afraid of other posters correcting my Grammar...so apologies if I am bad at this!)
    However, I told myself if I got good news I would write here with thanks and a quick paragraph of my job experience...so here I am!

    I currently teach abroad and was looking to go back to the UK after a period spent working in the international sector, so I applied for a job in a wonderful school in England and was delighted to get through to interview (apparently 160 candidates applied for the post.)
    After doing some major research (reading their inspections, scouring their website, checking their extra curricular activities etc.) I arrived at the school, and 4 of us were interviewed. It was an incredibly gruelling process (all day interviews - group/headteacher/principal of department, a 30 minute teaching lesson etc.) but I kept bright and tried my best, which I felt was "ok" but perhaps not good enough when there was an internal candidate going for the job too.
    After a hectic and incredibly stressful week waiting, I was told yesterday that I had the job! It was THE BEST feeling in the world!
    I just want to give my advice and tips;
    1) Research the school thoroughly. Check their inspection(s) and from this, figure out what their strengths are, and what you can add to the school to build on this.
    2) Keep bright and enthusiastic - it is stressful and gruelling, and you may think you have ruined your chances (I know I did!) but if you keep focused and remember what you do, every day, as a great teacher - then you will be fine.
    3) Do not feel the need to ask questions in a tour or group interview - this was one thing I really panicked about before the interview - I felt I knew the school really well, well enough not to ask any questions, while the other candidates did - and when it came to my turn (all the staff looked expectedly at me when the other candidates had finished) all I said was;
    "I feel that, at this moment in time, I do not have any questions" and when it came to my interview with the headteacher I made sure I demonstrated my knowledge of the school by building it into my answers.
    4) Finally, I always made sure that my answers followed a specific pattern (a ripple effect, like when you throw a pebble into water), and when I gave my answers to questions such as Behaviour Management, or "what makes you a good teacher" I answered in the following way;
    Me (teacher) -> The pupils -> The school -> The community
    So for example;
    "What makes you a good teacher"
    Me - planning, preparation, assessment, delivery (etc. there is loads more but it's all about you!)
    The pupils - mixture of formative and summative assessment, clear expectations, positive atmosphere and feedback, etc.
    The school - professional development (if you participated or delivered some yourself) sharing resources, observing others, self evaluation of teaching, not afraid to ask experienced teachers advice, working with other departments, etc.
    The community - parents (how you keep in contact with them), charity links, extra curricular activities, etc.
    I find this "ripple" effect really helped me when answering questions, as I visualised where I wanted to go with my answers, and always had examples from my classroom. Not just that, the ripple was a calming image too in a stressful interview situation!
    I really wish all the best to everyone applying for jobs - and cannot recommend enough this forum to help you answer all the questions you need to know. Good luck and best wishes,
    Me. (AK)

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