So it’s that time of year again! A year ago I spent ridiculous amounts of time overthinking and over-researching every single element about getting my first teaching job. It’s scary but incredibly exciting. So, I thought it would be helpful to pass on some of my wisdom of the process.
Disclaimer: I am in no way an expert on this subject, but I’m happy to share my experiences with the interviewing process in the hope that it can in some way help others.
Before the interview:
Make a portfolio – of lesson observations, planning, assessment or anything else that will make you stand out. They may not necessarily want one, but it shows your commitment and preparation if you have one anyway.
Be prepared – it sounds silly and obvious but be prepared. I watched copious amounts of YouTube videos on common interview questions, read ridiculous amounts of blog posts and articles on tips and tricks. And my lesson was re-thought at least 5 times. Also, make sure you know the school – research the website and their latest OFSTED reports.
Think outside the box – do something practical, that involves lots of interaction. The main thing they are looking for is the way you interact with the children. Even if it doesn’t go to plan, that is a talking point in the interview or reflection task. You will stand out.
Practice – it sounds silly but practice your interview questions aloud – research common interview questions.
Talk – talk to lots of people beforehand, especially if they’ve already been through the process and got a job. The interview day will never be as daunting as all the horrible situations that are going through your head!
During the Interview:
Trust your gut – if you turn up on the day and your gut tells you this school isn’t for you – trust it.
Questions – come up with a list of questions to ask after your interview. It shows your interest. Even if it is about CPD opportunities available or the use of technology in the school.
Be confident – even if you are not! “Fake it until you make it!”
And most importantly, smile – smile lots, at everyone.
I am so relieved that for now, my days of interviews are over. I hope this post is helpful and good luck!