If you’ve got a face to face interview lined up for a teaching role, we’re here to support you every step of the way with preparing yourself to ensure you impress the school and secure yourself a job in the UK. Here are our top 10 tips on how to be successful in an interview:
1. Arrive Early
It’s a good idea to plan your journey in the days leading up to your interview. Make sure you arrive early so avoid feeling rushed and anxious. Check your map, charge your Sat Nav and if you can, do a “trial run” to see what the route is like to avoid traffic delays. If you’ve got a skype interview set up, make sure you are logged on early and have checked your internet connection to ensure there’s no issues.
2. Research The School And Area
It’s always good to read the Ofsted report and have a look on the school website to research a bit of information about the school and it’s curriculum. They may ask you why you want to work at that particularly school and what aspects of the area have attracted you to go there.
3. Prepare Your Resources
Interview preparation is key! Ensure that you order any Science or PE equipment you need beforehand. Check what tools you may need, for example a TV or Laptop or perhaps an interactive whiteboard. Make sure your photocopying and handouts are done to deliver a winning lesson. Go over the interview brief to ensure your lesson covers all you have been asked to deliver.
4. Calm Your Nerves
Take 10 deep breaths to calm your nerves and mind before the interview begins. A bottle of water always helps ensure you are refreshed and ready to go.
5. Look The Part
It’s really important to make a good first impression. Ensure that you turn up to your interview looking smart and professional.
5. Observed Lesson Preparation
Have copies of your lesson plan to hand out. Interview tip number 3 should ensure you are fully prepared here.
6. Teacher Interview Preparation
Even if the observed lesson didn’t go to plan, the interview provides an opportunity to critique and review your lesson. Use case studies of previous lessons taught. Give examples from your teaching practice or previous school. “Name drop” other HT’s in local area, refer to your success stories and have an idea of who your referees will be (all offers are subject to successful references.)
7. Take A Notebook
It’s a good idea to take a notebook with you to your interview to make notes and jot down questions to ask later. In every interview you will be asked if you have “any questions”, so this may stop your mind going blank and asking questions shows you are keen on the role and passionate about teaching.
Shake hands and make eye contact. You may have a chance to meet the Department, this is your opportunity to say hello to your future colleagues!
9. Take Your Portfolio With You
If you teach a practical subject, it may be a good idea to take a portfolio of your art work, photos of your D&T projects or videos of your Drama school shows. Remember to showcase yourself and promote yourself well.
10. Be Yourself
Be yourself, smile and enjoy the interview!