Smile – it could make all the difference!
Your task at an interview is to demonstrate that you’re the best person for the job. Here are our top tips for interview success
Your objective at a job interview is quite simple: you need to sell yourself to your potential employer. The interviewer's task, on the other hand, is to decide if you are the right person for the job, looking carefully at your experience, qualifications and attitudes. The bottom line is that there’s only one person who can demonstrate that you’re the best candidate for the job: you.
The key to a successful interview is preparation. Prepare well, and you’re likely to feel less stressed and come across as more confident on the day.
Before the interview
Reread the advert, check out the school and make sure you know exactly what to expect.
Read over the advertisement again as a reminder of the position and its requirements. Review your CV and application form so you remember what you’ve written.
Make sure you know where and when the interview is, and plan your journey to arrive 10 minutes early. Check that you know the interviewer's name and job title.
Find out as much as you can about the school offering the job. The DfE is a good resource for the school’s performance tables, take a look at the school’s Ofsted reports and of course its own website.
If you’ve been asked to teach a lesson:
Prepare answers for any questions you may be asked. Make sure you can back up your answers with relevant examples.
Personality profile questions:
Classroom management questions:
Curriculum knowledge questions:
Lesson planning questions:
Key responsibilities questions:
On the day of the interview
Take everything you’ll need with you, plan your journey and look your best! Don’t forget to take:
Instant judgements will be made about your appearance, so dress smartly. Allow plenty of time for your journey so you won’t be flustered when you arrive at the interview.
At the Interview
Smile and try to relax! Take a deep breath, remind yourself of your career success to date and appreciate the fact that you are a talented individual. The following may sound obvious, but will make all the difference at your next interview:
After the Interview
Whatever the outcome, thank the employer for interviewing you. If you’ve been unsuccessful, start thinking about how to do better next time!
After an interview, it’s always a good idea to send an email or letter thanking an employer for letting you discuss your experiences. Send it out immediately after your interview to stay fresh in the employer’s mind – you’ll score bonus points for excellent follow-up skills.
Spend some time thinking about how you can improve your interview technique if you were unsuccessful. Call and ask the school for feedback - anything they tell you will be of great help for the future, so ask for an honest evaluation. Finally, consider discussing your experience with a mentor, and ask for advice for future interviews.
If you got the position, congratulations! And please don't forget to let us know - it’s always good to hear from you.