If you are looking for the best teaching vacancies, it is important to be prepared so that you can stand out amongst all of the other candidates. You should research as much as possible about the school and you should do some mock interviews to get ready for the type of questions you may be asked. Below, we reveal some of the most commonly asked questions during teacher job interviews to give you a helping hand.
If we did not appoint you, what would we be missing out on?
This is a common interview question for all fields, not just teaching jobs, as it gives the candidate a great chance to sell him or herself and show what they are about. You need to stay away from the bog standard answers that everyone gives. Really think about your personality and what sets you apart.
Evaluate the lesson you gave as part of your interview.
In most cases, you will need to teach a lesson as part of your interview. This is the case no matter whether you are going for secondary or primary school teaching jobs. This is a difficult task, especially as you have never met the students before and you are in an unfamiliar school. Nevertheless, it is important to show that you recognise when things are going well, and that you can see room for improvement.
Why do you want to work at this school?
The interviewer is going to be looking for someone who fits in well with the culture of the school. This is why it is so important to do your research about the school in question. If you haven’t, it will show. It is not just about showing the qualifications you have but it is about proving that you are going to fit into the school and the environment.
If you heard some colleagues speaking about you, what would they be saying?
A lot of head teachers love asking this question because it gives the candidate the chance to think about their team spirit and their contribution to the school organisation. It can be very telling. For senior teacher jobs, asking what they want people to say about them in three years time is another common approach.
Can you explain a behaviour management strategy you have used in the past that has been successful?
Of course, all teaching vacancies require effective behavioural management skills, and your potential employer will want you to display this. This is especially the case in current society whereby behavioural issues are widespread.
Hopefully, you now feel more confident about going to an interview. There is no such thing as too much practice. Make sure you answer the questions above, as well as others, to prepare.