Interview Tips for Newly Qualified Teachers
Interview tips for Newly Qualified Teachers from Reed Education Islington Business Manager, Deborah Adams
- Ensure you have read the school's OFSTED report and website.
- Ensure you have planned your journey in advance.
- Your trial lesson will either be Numeracy or Literacy - get a template prepared for each which you can then tailor. Ensure you are demonstrating differentiation and that learning outcomes are achieved.
Dress to Impress
- With the outcome of 90 per cent of interviews decided in the first two minutes, first impressions count. No matter how superficial it may seem, it's important you look the part. Learn more about what to wear to interviews here.
- When answering questions, always include points from your application, and expand on them, ensuring that you draw on your own experience. Give examples of times you have had to deal with the situation they are asking about, how you handled it, how successful you were, what you learnt from it, and if necessary, what you would do differently if dealing with it again.
What not to do - the common mistakes:
- Don't be unprepared for your interview - make sure you have thoroughly researched the school and that you understand the job specification.
- Don't wear novelty clothes - dress appropriately.
- Don't talk too much - make sure you listen to the questions and answer them concisely.
- Don't be negative - you may have already have had some negative experiences, but don't focus on them. Focus on the positive ones, or talk about what you have learned from the negative ones.
- Don't make things up - you are likely to be asked to give practical examples of what you have stated on your application form.
- Don't fall at the finish - if all of your questions have already been answered during the interview, take the opportunity to stress how interested you are in the position rather than say you don't have any questions.
- Why did you apply for the position?
- Describe a lesson that went well for you?
- Describe a lesson that did not go well for you and what you did about it, or would do about it in the future?
- What would you do to develop positive relationships with pupils?
- Describe your classroom after two months of starting your new job?
- How would you contribute to the school as a whole?
- What qualities do you think make a good teacher?
- What are your main strengths and weaknesses as a teacher?
- What strategies do you implement in the classroom to manage behaviour?
- How do you plan and structure lessons?
- What are your career aspirations?
- How do you envisage working with parents?
Personality profile questions:
- What made you go into teaching in the first place?
- What made you decide to apply for this post?
- What words would you use to describe yourself as a teacher?
- Are there any areas in your professional development that you would like to develop?
- What have been the high points in your career over the past couple of years?
- What is your greatest satisfaction of the last two years?
Classroom management questions:
- Describe what classroom management means in terms of behaviour and organisation.
- What teaching methods have you found most effective (for year ‘x')?
- What differences are there in teaching, for example, a class of Year 7 (11-year-olds) and Year 11 (15-year-olds)?
- How would you deal with disaffected children in your class?
Curriculum knowledge questions:
- What resources/syllabi do you use to deliver the curriculum?
- What experience do you have of teaching the National Curriculum?
- What do you feel is the highest level of ability you are able to teach?
Lesson planning questions:
- Give an example of a lesson you felt went particularly well.
- Give an example of a lesson you felt went particularly badly, and why? How did you resolve the situation?
- When planning a lesson, what elements do you ensure are covered within it?
- How do you organise homework for your class?
Key responsibilities questions:
- Do you hold any key responsibilities within your school?
- Describe your management style.
- Have you been involved in any extra curricular activities?
- Why are you leaving your current position?
- What are your observations about the school you are applying to?
- If you were offered the post would you take it?
- If you are not offered the position would you like feedback from this interview?