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Typicalteachinginterviewquestions
Findoutwhatyouarelikelytobeaskedatyourinterviewforyourfirstgraduateteaching
job,whetherinaprimaryorsecondaryschool.

Whenyouareinterviewedforateachingjobyoushouldexpecttobeaskedquestionsonspecific
topicsaroundteachingyoursubjectoragerange,currentissuesineducation,andyour
approachestotaskssuchasbehaviourmanagement,assessmentandovercomingchallenges.
Interviewerswillbekeentoknowhowwellyoucouldworkwithotherteachersandhowyouwill
relatetoparents.Supportingyouranswerswithexampleswillstrengthentheirimpact.

Introductoryquestionsatteachinginterviews
Haveyouenjoyedyourvisittotheschool?
Whyhaveyouappliedforthispost?

Questionsaboutyourself
Tellusaboutyourselfandwhatinspiresyou.
Whatpersonalinterestsdoyouhavethatcouldbeofvaluetotheschool?
Whatuniquequalitiescanyoubringtotheschool?
Howdoyouknowwhenyouhavehadagoodday?
Howdoyouhandlestress?

Explainyourchoiceofschoolorlocalauthority
Whatmakesasuccessfulschool?
Howwouldyousupporttheethosofthisschool?
Howcouldyouintegratethecommunityintoyourteaching?

Handlingprofessionalissuesintheclassroom
Whatareyourparticularstrengthsandweaknessesasateacher?
Describetheworstorbestlessonyouhavegiven.Whatwouldyoudodifferently?Saywhyit
wassuccessfulorunsuccessful.
Howdoyoujudgetheachievementofpupilsinyoursubject?
IfwevisitedyourclassroominOctober,whatcouldweexpecttosee?
Whatistheroleoftargetsetting?
Howwouldyouensurethatyourespondeffectivelytothedifferingneedsandabilitiesofpupils?
Howwouldyoufosterequalopportunitiesintheclassroom/school?
HowwouldyouaccommodatechildrenwhohaveEnglishasanadditionallanguage?
Howwouldyouraiseachild'sselfesteemandaspirations?
Howfardochildreninyourclassroomdirecttheirownlearning?
Whatareyourviewsonthevalueofhomework?
Whichismoreimportant,teachingorlearning,andwhy?

Behaviourmanagement
Whatareyourviewsaboutdiscipline?
Howmuchnoiseandmovingaroundtheclassroomwouldyoupermit?
Howwouldyoucopewithachildconstantlyinterruptingthelesson?
Howwouldyoudealwithbullying?
Whatwouldyoudoifyourstrategiesforbehaviourmanagementwerenotsucceeding?

Primaryinterviews
Howwouldyouevaluatetheeffectivenessoftheliteracystrategy?
Whatistheplaceoftopicworkinschoolandwhatisyourexperienceofit?
Whichreading/mathematicsschemeshaveyouused?
Whatareyourviewsonthebalancebetweencreativityandbasicskills?
HowmightyouuseICTinyourteaching?
Howwouldyouensurethecontinuedimprovementofnumeracystandardsinyourclass?
Howwouldyoustructureliteracylessonstoensureequalaccessforallpupils?

Secondaryinterviews
Whydoweteach(yoursubject)inschools?
Howwouldyoumotivateyear9pupilswhohavelostinterestinthesubject?
WhatwouldyousaytoastudentconsideringtakingyoursubjectatAlevel?
Whatareyourviewsoncrosscurricularteaching?
Whatareyourviewsonstreaming/sets/mixedabilityteaching?
Howwouldyouaddresstheunderachievementofboys/girlsinyoursubjectarea?
Haveyouhadanyexperienceofvocationaleducation?
Whatbearingdoyouthinkfuturedevelopments(inyoursubject)willhaveonyourteaching?
Howwouldyouteach(anarearelevanttoyoursubject)toayear8mixedabilitygroup?

Pastoralcare
Whatistheroleofaformtutorandwhatrelevantexperiencehaveyouhad?
Howwouldyouseektopromotethemoral,socialandculturaldevelopmentofthepupils?
Towhichaspectsofpersonalandsocialeducationcouldyoumakeacontribution?
Howwouldyougettoknowyourtutorgroup/class?

Yourapproachtoworkingwithparentsandotheradults
Whatisyourexperiencewithparentsinschool?Howcouldthisbedeveloped?
Howwouldyoudealwithahostileoraggressiveparent?
Howwouldyouseektoworkcooperativelywithyourcolleagues?
Whatsupportwouldyouexpectfromstaffasanewlyqualifiedteacher(NQT)?
Howwouldyouseektoworkwithadultsotherthanteachersinyourclassroom?
Giveanexampleofwhenyouhaveworkedeffectivelywithinateam?

Yourcareerdevelopment
Howwillyoudevelopyourselfasaprofessionalteacher?
Wheredoyouseeyourselfinfiveyears?

Answeringquestions:interviewperformancetips
Panelsareinterestedinhowyouansweraswellaswhatyousay.
Answersshouldbesufficientlydetailedtoshowhowyoustandoutfromotherapplicantsand
shouldincludeexampleswhereverpossible.
Takingtimetothinkbeforegivingawellconstructedanswerisfine.
Remembertoaskforclarificationifthequestionisunclear.
Whenyouareofferedajob,mostschoolswillexpectapromptresponse.Somemayevenask
attheinterviewifyouwillacceptthepostifitisoffered.

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Written by Pat Carmody, Canterbury Christ Church University


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