HELPFUL TIPS ON HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR INTERVIEW AND WHAT YOU MIGHT EXPECT – Please note this is not the specific format of the interview/assessment, please refer to your interview invitation letter for specific details
Think carefully about your reasons for applying for the course and your interest in becoming a teacher. This is your chance to stand out from the rest. Think carefully about what you can bring to teaching that others may not be able to offer.
Have you done your Research?
Find out about the course and institution you’re interviewing for thoroughly (recent OFSTED report?), as well as the issues surrounding education and teaching in general. Research current issues in education show interest and commitment. Policies and practices change quickly, so your knowledge needs to be up to date.
You can’t know everything, but demonstrate that you can reflect on the experience and knowledge that you do have.
What to expect on the day – It is important to refer to your invite letter for the specific arrangements for your interview as the format of the day may not always be the same but you might expect to be asked to do the following;
- Engagement Activity (mini lesson)
- Literacy Activity
- Interview with panel of staff
What to Say?
Demonstrate a number of qualities. Tailor your answers and contributions to reflect these qualities:
- a commitment to, and understanding of, primary or secondary education and the role of the teacher
- good personal, intellectual and communication skills
- a positive attitude towards children and working with young people
- an enthusiasm for, and understanding of, your subject(s) and teaching in general and clear and accurate spoken English
Questions to consider prior to your interview
- Why exactly do you want to be a teacher?
- Why have you chosen a particular route into teacher?
- What qualities do you think make a good teacher?
- Do you have any skills, experience or interests that you think relate to being a teacher?
- How much of your degree do you think is relevant to the subject you want to teach? Might you consider subject knowledge enhancement SKE?
- Have you ever been in a situation when you’ve had to make a difficult topic interesting and accessible?
- What are your opinions about current educational issues?
- How do you ensure that you respect and include people of all backgrounds as you go about your daily life?
- Do you have any other skills or interests that you think a school might be interested in?
- What do you think are the challenges you might face during your training year. Can you demonstrate resilience?
What to bring with you to the interview
1. Qualification Confirmation
We will require you to come to your interview with ORIGINALS of the following qualifications if they are available:
Degree certificate (if qualified, otherwise proof will form part of any Conditional Offer if appropriate)
GCSE English and Maths (and Science for Primary) GCSE certificates (or equivalence)
Other qualifications relevant to the subject you wish to teach such as A Level certificates
Any qualifications not taken in the UK will require ENIC (https://www.enic.org) comparison and equivalency information. It is the applicant’s responsibility to undertake this.
2. Proof of Identity
We will need to see original documents that are proof of your identity, these are required for the purpose of an enhanced DBS check should you be offered a place on our programme.