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Interview Tips

You’ve just had the phone call you’ve been waiting for, “ we could like to invite you to our interview stage”. Fantastic news and well done! You're in the final stretch, just a little farther to go.

Interviews with some people are natural, and others their Achilles heal. Some people perform better on lesson observations, but in most cases, there is an interview at the final stage. Some schools might sit you in front of 2 to 3 members of their senior leadership team. Some schools add a step that requires a small interview in front of the pupils.

Although you can't find out what questions the school will ask you on the day, you can still prepare for your interview by doing a little research and some test questions.

Below we've listed a few things you can do which can help in your interview.

If you suffer from a little anxiety or nerves while interviewing follow some of these steps to help you relax. As being confident is key to any interview.

Interviewing is not for everyone as it might put you outside your comfort zone. But stay confident and relish the moment. At the end of the day, it's a fantastic experience.

Our Top Tips

Research the school, usually by looking at the last Ofsted report.

List your strengths and weaknesses. It's a simple one but can trip people up.

At the end of the interview if they ask "do you have any questions" make sure you have something. It might be more about the school or perhaps you have seen on the website news of a project they are doing. Come up with a couple, so you have something prepared just in case.

If you have an interview with a class, this mainly happens in Primary. Be ready, it can be the most significant par of your interview. Be positive and show that you are enjoying the experience. In the past, I've heard questions from "Tell us your best joke", to what is your favourite TV programme. You may have to think on your feet!

Think about how you deal with situations which might be put to you by the interviewer. Practice a couple of scenarios, to be prepared.

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