Preparing for a teaching job interview can be quite nerve-wracking, not to mention in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The spread of the virus and the resulting national lockdown, as well as impending circuit breaker lockdowns in certain areas, has meant that for a while, teaching jobs were having to be done remotely. Also, throughout the summer, schools that needed to hire permanent and supply teachers were having to resort to remote interviews, meaning that some NQTs were stepping into full-time teaching positions without even setting foot on a school’s grounds.
It’s fair to say that 2020 is not the year that many people expected. Having said that, the demand for teachers has still not gone away, and if anything, it’s imperative that schools find the perfect candidates sooner rather than later. For candidates applying for teaching jobs, through an education recruitment agency like Always Flourishing, if you land a job interview, it’s important to make sure you’re thoroughly prepared.
Hence why we’ve prepared this short guide for you.
Preparing for Teaching Interviews
Preparation is vital for any teaching job interview; you should think carefully about the questions you’re likely to be asked and how to approach them.
Landing an interview for a job, whether working as a supply teacher, full-time teacher or teaching assistant, is a huge opportunity for you to demonstrate your knowledge, skills and potential.
You’re likely to be asked a variety of questions, depending on whether you’re planning on working in a primary school, secondary school, independent school or somewhere entirely different. The questions will also depend on what teaching role you are applying for.
We have outlined some common teaching agency job interview questions that you may be faced with.
Teaching Interview Questions
There is no guarantee you will be asked the following questions, but they should give you a good indication of what to expect in a teaching interview.
- Why did you apply for this teaching vacancy?
- Why are you applying for a teaching position for this age range?
- Describe your core strengths (and weaknesses)
- What can you bring to the role?
- What is your impression of the school?
- How would you perhaps work with a teaching assistant?
- What is your understanding of high-quality teaching and learning?
- How will you manage the challenges of teaching in our school?
- What qualities do you have which make you an effective teacher?
- What skills do you think pupils look for in a teacher?
- How would you deal with a safeguarding issue in a school?
- Can you provide an example of when a pupil refused to cooperate?
- Tell us about a time when you feel you made a positive difference in the classroom?
Tips for Teaching Interviews
It’s highly recommended that in any interview for a teaching job vacancy, that you get your point across concisely and contextually. Don’t waffle or shed any light on irrelevant points, as demonstrating that you are time-conscious and coherent can go a long way. Always be sure to finish on a positive note so that your interviewers can leave with a strong impression.
It’s vital that you do some independent research on the school you’re applying for. While visits may be temporarily suspended in some schools (they will not hold this against you), you should still talk to current full-time teachers, or someone who is undertaking teaching assistant training with them, for example. Find out all you can about the school’s curriculum, values, academic achievements, specialities and show your research and enthusiasm, which will help you stand out.
Also, ask a friend, family member, tutor or careers advisor to conduct a mock interview so you can practice.
Support from a Teaching Recruitment Agency
If you are currently looking at education recruitment options, one of the preferred routes into teaching is to go through an agency. Always Flourishing aim to recruit teachers of all experience levels, and place them into the perfect teaching position for them. We work closely with schools across the Home Counties to recruit specific teaching staff that they require. We leverage our personal teaching experience, with filling education jobs that are going to be beneficial for both candidate and client.