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What's the point in interview questions?

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by thekizzaa, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. thekizzaa

    thekizzaa New commenter

    I know this sounds like a silly questions, but what's the point in questions at interview?

    What relevance do they have in recruiting a teacher, and how much weight does the "questions" part of an interview have?
     
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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    Partly to see the theory behind the practice


    Partly to find out more about you as a teacher and as a person. Your ethos, if you like

    Partly to see if you could all get along and work effectively together.

    Which is why we don't give suggested answers to interview questions on here. It's you they are interviewing, not us!

    Best wishes

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  3. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Interviews in Scotland consist entirely of the interview - they do not watch you teach a model lesson.

    Theo forgot to add that there are some essential aspects of the interview section, especially safeguarding. I still interview people for SLT posts and they're often frighteningly poor at answering safeguarding questions.
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

  5. EvilAsh

    EvilAsh Occasional commenter

    Best safe guarding question I've had in my (many) interviews was "on a residential trip the headteacher is behaving in an inappropriate way towards the children. What do you do?" I liked that one.
     
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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    Me too!

    Somewhat similar to one I have asked for HoD posts:

    Just suppose that I, as Head, teach one GCSE group in your subject. You get a complaint from a parent that in the classes I am on the computer answering e-mails instead of actually teaching . . .

    Best wishes

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  7. thekizzaa

    thekizzaa New commenter

    Can you just say that you hate residential trips and so I'd never be in that situation?
     
  8. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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    Not if you are in a school that organises them for each year group!

    :)

    Best wishes

    .
     
  9. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Not if you want the job! The question isn't about whether or not you'd do residentials, it's about how you'd react when presented with a safeguarding dilemma.
     
  10. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    I'm not sure I even understand the question o_O What would an interview be if there were no questions?
     
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  11. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    I assumed the OP meant "Why don't they just watch you teach?" - which is why I mentioned the fact that in Scotland they do not (I believe the Scottish teachers' union prohibits it) observe teaching within interview processes.
     
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  12. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    Oh I see! In which case my answer is - anyone can teach a one off great lesson!

    The interviewing school wants to 'know' the person and whether they will 'fit'
     
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  13. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    Lots of people can "do" a good interview too. I think recruitment for permanent positions is very hard.
     
  14. thekizzaa

    thekizzaa New commenter

    Just for the context, I had an interview yesterday, and I was thinking afterwards why they asked the questions they did.

    It's given me a bit more of an insight.

    I'm yet to hear from them on whether I got the job. I hate the waiting.
     
  15. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

  16. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Indeed. I recall a candidate who taught a fantastic lesson and did a great interview; his references from PGCE were good, too. My goodness me, once in post he couldn't keep order in any classes to save his life - apart from when a member of SLT or his HOD was in there with him.
     
  17. thekizzaa

    thekizzaa New commenter

    Thanks! Got the job :)
     
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  18. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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    Hurray!

    Now start a new thread called Dear Theo - i got that job! to encourage other posters, and to allow us to congratulate you.

    Best wishes

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  19. scienceteachasghost

    scienceteachasghost Lead commenter

    I know I am a renowned cynic at times but the 0. whatever seconds you first make eye contact with the interviewer(s) probably has more weighting than any questions.
     
  20. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Not below AHT level.
     

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