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Why do you want to work here?

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by captain_picard, Jan 26, 2016.

  1. captain_picard

    captain_picard New commenter


    I have an interview on Thursday. I'm looking for a more established school, without high staff turnover and poor behaviour. If they ask why I want to leave my current post after only a couple of years, what could I say? It's not for a promotion, the school is further to travel, and of course I don't want to say anything negative about my current school. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks.
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Have you read the interview advice articles? Use something that reflects your USPS . . . the article on Dream question explains this towards the end.

    Interviews advice: I have included here links that may not be relevant to you, for the benefit of other posters.

    3. Preparing for Interview I suggest that you read these in this order

    Help, I've got an interview! *** The basic advice ***

    Teaching an observed lesson at interview

    Using mind-mapping for interviews *** The best-loved advice ***

    Tell us about yourself - dream or nightmare question? *** Read and note this ***

    Daft Interview Questions

    What shall I wear to the interview?

    Interviews – making a positive first impression

    How do you decide who to appoint?

    What excuse can I give for going to interview?

    Child Protection: the questions, NOT the answers

    A typical Child Protection Policy

    Two interviews and a dilemma

    Interview feedback - they blamed my experience, but they knew that when they shortlisted me!

    SLT interviews - possible questions

    In-tray exercises. Deputy Head

    Assistant Head interviews

    General interview questions

    Questions to ask at the end of your interview

    On here we have a very nice tradition that when you actually get a job, you started a brand-new thread (not adding it to this one - a brand-new thread) where you told us your good news. You call it Dear Theo - I got that job! and this gives everyone a chance to congratulate you. It also gives them hope and inspiration for their own jobseeking, to see you successful.

    Make sure you congratulate someone when you see a thread like that!

    So I will end by saying that we look forward to seeing your Dear Theo - I got that job!

    Best wishes

  3. purplecarrot

    purplecarrot Senior commenter

    Without saying 'new challenges', could you say that having served x amount of time in your current school, you're looking to add breadth to your CV or identify a particular area that the school is looking to improve and say you feel you can offer your skills in that area, or if the school has a particular strength say that you feel that the school offers areas of staff development that interest you.
    I made a sideways move and just said 'whilst it's a sideways move, I feel I can do this particular post and it will allow me to progress'
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    You do need to be careful to have a reason that is in their interest, rather than just yours . . .

    Best wishes

  5. ttxsd39

    ttxsd39 New commenter

    Dear Theo... I am trying to get started on a personal statement, but I want to be employed for me, because I'm different... should I stay within the constraints or stand out?...
  6. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Theo beat me to it. That was going to be my comment , having been told in feedback from an interview that my answer needed to convince them of why they needed me rather than the other way round.
  7. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Hullo @ttxsd39 .

    Tip: next time, it's better to start a new thread rather than just putting something on the end of another thread. I may not re-visit to see it.

    You start a thread by going to a forum front page and clicking the blue Post New Thread.

    Depends what you mean by the constraints. If they have set the constraints, then you should abide by them.

    And depends what you mean by stand out. Pink paper, green ink, fancy fonts, anything in form or content that is non-professional will make you stand out all the way to the Reject Pile . . .

    Letter of application for a teaching post

    You are trying to get appointed, not voted for Wacky Teacher Of The Year.


    Best wishes

    sabrinakat and Lara mfl 05 like this.

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