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.