How do we survive the interview process? Here are some helpful tips:
Teachers are under so much pressure, they barely have time to plan their own lesson let alone for an interview!. You are often given very little background information before the interview. With such little time on your hands there is still the expectation that you can produce an outstanding lesson…
How do we survive this process? Here are some helpful tips:
Don’t over-prepare your lesson
Keep your lesson simple, have a clear objective in mind and don’t try to cover everything. Try to focus on an interesting part of the topic that you can be enthusiastic about.
Include lots of questioning and student talk in the lesson
Don’t worry too much about having them do some writing. Heads are more interested to see you demonstrate your enthusiasm and good relationships with the students.
Take everything you need to teach, board pens, pencils and paper
Be prepared to start the lesson immediately, you may not get any preparation time. Many times, I have gone in wanting to project a picture of a primary source, only to find that your expected to start the lesson at a moment’s notice. Print out what you need instead.
You don’t need to buy a brand-new outfit, not only is this expensive, but also uncomfortable and often sweat-inducing. Obviously, we all want to look smart, but you also need to know how your clothes will comfortable the last thing you need is to be worrying about an itchy skirt or a top that is unexpectedly riding up!
Find out about the school
Know where the school is heading and the areas where Ofsted said it needed to improve. Read the Ofsted report and think about what you could offer the school as part of its targets. Have a look at its GCSE and A-level results and any policies on the website. But don’t over-do it. Hours spent obsessing about the school are wasted on the day. The lesson is the priority.
Have in mind things you can sell about yourself, particularly areas you’ve been responsible for or things you initiated.
Be friendly but aware
Don’t assume that anyone you speak to is there in an informal capacity. Everyone showing you round, eating lunch with you or even supervising your group in the staff room is watching how you behave – watch out…..the librarian could turn out to be the vice principal!
Don’t be intimidated by the opposition
They may look scary, polished and ambitious, but this doesn’t guarantee them the job over you – never worry about the other candidates in the room.