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Interview preparation – teaching

Application and interview top tips:

  • Ensure all sections of your application form are complete and there are no gaps in employment history
  • When writing your personal statement do your research – look at the school’s website and latest Ofsted report to tailor your application and make it stand out
  • Double and triple check your application form and personal statement for spelling and grammar mistakes.
  • If possible, ask a friend or family member to check it too!
  • If you are invited to interview, do a practice run of your journey to make sure you know how to get there and how long it will take
  • For the lesson observation, preparation is crucial! Be original and memorable with your content and delivery, and create copies of the lesson plan for the observers and any teaching assistants
  • Although you may be nervous when you first arrive for an interview, remember to be polite and friendly to reception staff at the school – they could potentially be your future colleagues!
  • It is said that 93% of our communication is non-verbal. Remember to be smiley and confident throughout the day with both children and staff. Also, remember to make eye contact with all members of the panel throughout your interview


 How will I know if the school is right for me?

  • Make sure to be inquisitive about anything you are unsure of on the interview day
  • Throughout the interview, hopefully you will have the opportunity to meet both members of the senior leadership team as well as subject or key stage leads; this will give you an idea of your colleagues’ expectations and the culture within the school
  • Look out for students’ attitudes both in and outside the classroom; how do they behave during break times or in the corridor?
  • Ask about the marking policy within the school and how they demonstrate progress
  • Pop into the staffroom at break or lunch and look out the for the interaction and engagement between members of staff
  • Ask about staff wellbeing/workload reduction schemes within the school
  • Try to find out who your ECT mentor/buddy will be when you first start and how you are able to keep in touch with them prior to starting if you are successful
  • Enquire about Continuing Professional Development (CPD) so that you can have an idea of future opportunities and development