Prepare for your interview using this list of questions. For each one, consider how you could use examples from your teaching, or from other work experience, to answer.

Remember that the interview panel are looking for a person who will fit well with their existing team and who demonstrates good teaching skills.

While you can never predict exactly what you might be asked at interview, planning ahead using these questions will give you plenty of material to draw on in an interview situation.

ICEBREAKERS

  • Did you have a safe journey?
  • What did you find interesting about the school during your tour?
  • Can you tell us why you have applied for this post?

 

WHY THIS SCHOOL?

  • What made you apply to us?
  • What do you know about the school and the catchment area?
  • How would you use the local community in your teaching?
  • How would you contribute to the wider life of the school, beyond your classroom?
  • What, in your opinion, makes a successful school?

 

ALL ABOUT YOU

  • What inspired you to become a teacher?
  • What qualities do you bring that would benefit our school?
  • What are your curriculum strengths and how could they be of value to the school?
  • Tell us more about (a specific point in your application).
  • What motivates you?
  • How do you ensure your own wellbeing?
  • What do you do if you have had a difficult day in school?
  • What do you do if you need support?

 

LESSON EVALUATION

  • Thinking about the lesson you taught today, what went well and what would you do differently next time?
  • Were your learning outcomes achieved? How do you know?
  • If you were teaching that class again tomorrow, what would you do to build on today’s learning?

 

IN THE CLASSROOM

  • Describe what I would see if I walked into your classroom.
  • How would you ensure that your classroom environment supported learning?
  • Tell me about an excellent lesson you have taught. What made it so good?
  • Tell me about a lesson that went badly. What did you learn from it?
  • How do you ensure that all children are included and have equal opportunities in your classroom?
  • What are your views about homework?
  • How would you support children who have English as an additional language?
  • How have you worked with Teaching Assistants in the classroom?
  • What is your experience of working with children with Special Educational Needs?
  • Do you have experience of using (for example) growth mindset in your class?
  • How do you ensure that the most able in your class are appropriately challenged in their learning?
  • How would you support a child who moves into the school part way through the school year?
  • What experience do you have with using technology in the classroom?
  • Describe your understanding of high quality teaching and learning.
  • What do you do if a pupil’s attainment does not improve, even after you have put in place strategies to support them?

 

MANAGING BEHAVIOUR

  • What strategies do you use to promote positive behaviour in your classroom?
  • How would you cope with a child showing persistently challenging behaviour?
  • How would you proceed if your behaviour management strategies were not working?
  • Tell us about a successful behaviour management strategy you have used.

 

THE PASTORAL ROLE

  • Do you have any experience of working with other agencies?
  • How do you promote the social development of your pupils?
  • What do you see as the pastoral responsibilities of a class teacher/form tutor?
  • What activities would you plan to promote good relationships in your class?
  • What would you do if a child told you they were being bullied?
  • What would you do if you became aware that there was a bullying issue within your class?

 

SAFEGUARDING

  • How would you respond if a child made a disclosure to you?
  • Can you give me some examples of how you would contribute to the safeguarding of our pupils?
  • How do you make sure the children in your care are safe?
  • What would you do it you had concerns about the behaviour of another member of staff?
  • Tell us about a time when you have had concerns about a child’s safety. What did you do?

 

RELATIONSHIPS WITH PARENTS

  • If an angry parent came into your room during registration, how would you deal with the situation?
  • What is your experience of building relationships with parents?
  • Can you give us an example of how you have dealt with a difficult issue with a parent or carer?
  • What do you consider to be the most effective way to communicate with parents?

 

RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER STAFF

  • What would support would you expect as a new member of staff?
  • Give us some examples of how you have worked cooperatively with colleagues.
  • Tell us about how you work in a team.
  • If you disagreed with something that a member of staff had done, how would you handle it?

 

PUPIL PROGRESS AND ASSESSEMENT

  • How do you judge your children’s progress?
  • How do you use assessment on a day to day basis?
  • What do you do to ensure that all the children in your class are making progress?
  • What would you do if you had a child who was not making progress?

 

PLANNING

  • How do you use your planning to support learning in your classroom?
  • What is your approach to planning?

 

NEWLY QUALIFIED

  • Tell us about your training course.
  • What made you want to become a teacher?
  • Reflecting on your course, what would you say were the strengths and weaknesses?
  • Tell us about a successful experience you had while training.
  • Describe an unsuccessful experience you had while training. What did you learn from it?
  • What support would you expect from the school as an NQT?

 

EXPERIENCED TEACHER

  • What experience could you bring to this leadership role?
  • Tell us about a strategy you have successfully implemented in the past and what you learnt from the experience.

 

PRIMARY SCHOOLS

  • How have the requirements of the 2014 National curriculum impacted on your teaching?
  • What are your views on the National Curriculum or EYFS?
  • Explain your views on topic work and how you have used it.
  • What teaching schemes have you used in the past?
  • How have you implemented phonics teaching?

 

SECONDARY SCHOOLS

  • Why do we teach your subject in school?
  • How do you engage disengaged learners?
  • What are your views on mixed ability groups in your subject?
  • What strategies have you used to support students who are underachieving in your subject?
  • What are the current issues in your subject?
  • Imagine I’m a student interested in your subject at A level. What would you say to me?

 

SPECIAL SCHOOLS

  • What attracted you to working with students with SEND?
  • Can you describe your teaching style?
  • Tell us a little about your SEND experience.
  • What is your experience of working with outside agencies?
  • Tell us about how you have implemented Individual Education Plans in the past.
  • What are the current issues within your area of expertise and how do you think they will impact your practice?
  • Give us an example of how you have adapted plans to reflect the needs of your students.

 

FAITH SCHOOLS

  • How would you contribute to the religious ethos of the school?
  • How would you work within this faith community to promote good relationships?
  • Why do you want to teach in a faith school?
  • How important is faith to you personally?
  • Will you be comfortable promoting the religious ethos of this school?

 

SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE

  • What drew you to specialise in (your subject specialism)?
  • Tell me about how you have worked with the new National Curriculum.
  • How do you keep your subject knowledge up to date?

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • What is the best professional development activity you have participated in? Why was it successful?
  • Are you willing to mentor other staff or students?
  • How would you react if you got some negative feedback about your teaching?
  • What is your experience of effective performance management?

 

WHERE NEXT?

  • Where do you see yourself in five years time?
  • What are your ambitions as a teacher?
  • What do you see as your priorities for development?
  • How long do you expect to stay here, if you are successful?

 

SALARY EXPECTATIONS

  • What are your salary expectations for this job?
  • Are you interested in taking on additional responsibility?

 

ANYTHING ELSE

  • Who is more responsible for learning, the teacher or the student?
  • Is there anything else you would like to tell us in support of your application?
  • Having spent some time with us, are you still a firm candidate for this job?
  • Do you have any questions for us?
  • What would we be missing if we did not appoint you?
  • Describe yourself in 3 words.