Interview Practice Questions

We know interviews can be a daunting experience, so we’re here to help you prepare yourself with some practice interview questions.

Our top tip – Don’t forget to read the school website and OFSTED Report so you know a bit about the school before the interview!

General Questions You Are Likely To Be Asked:

  • Give me an example of when a lesson went well
  • Give me an example of when a lesson did not go well – what did you/ would you do to improve it?
  • If you had a couple of students talking at the back of your class, how would you deal with them? If they continued to talk, what would you do?
  • How would you describe yourself as a teacher?
  • How do you motivate students to do their homework?
  • How do you start and finish your lessons?
  • What is your motivation for coming to work in the UK?
  • What do you already know about our school?
  • How would you ensure that your manager gets the best out of you?
  • When you were last observed teaching, what development points came up?

General Questions To Ask The Interviewer:

  • Would we be able to get involved with any extra curricular clubs or activities?
  • What support do you give to new members of staff?
  • What would my timetable look like?
  • What is the behaviour of the students like in your school?
  • How does your school discipline policy work?
  • Do you have many students with statements?
  • Do you have classroom assistants?
  • Could you describe your staff?
  • What are the main targets of your school?

Questions You May Be Asked During An Interview With A School Head Teacher:

  • Why did you become a teacher?
  • Do you enjoy working with young people?
  • Why do you want to teach in England?
  • What are your greatest strengths?
  • What are your greatest weaknesses?
  • What can you bring to our school?
  • Are you a team player – do you work well within a department?
  • How do you believe children learn?
  • What behaviour management strategies will you use in the classroom?
  • How would you handle a student that was consistently disruptive?
  • Tell me about a good lesson you have taught and what went well.
  • Tell me about a bad lesson and what you would improve next time.
  • What do you know of the national curriculum?
  • Do you agree with inclusion in schools?
  • How do you make your lessons interesting?
  • How would you assess whether your lesson objectives were being met?
  • What skills did you learn on teaching practice to make you a better teacher? (for NQTs)
  • In your opinion, what challenges face teachers today?
  • What is a good lesson in your opinion? This is an important question and guidance will be given in a separate document.
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