Don’t worry, we will help you prepare for this nerve-wracking experience!

When it comes to the day of your interview, remember that first impressions really do matter. Dress smartly and be aware of your non-verbal communication.  Eye contact and smiling help a lot. Open body postures, and deep breaths!

Remember interviews are a hassle for schools- they want you to show that you can do the job!

Interview days can include a tour of the school, panel interview, and teaching a sample lesson. They may also include an interview with pupils and group or written activities. If you get an interview, confirm that you can attend as soon as possible, and try and arrange to visit the school prior to the interview day.

  • You will also be required to bring original certificates, your DBS, and photo ID to prove your identity and qualifications.


What skills are interviewers for teaching jobs looking for?

  • Excellent communication skills, including effective listening and the ability to construct well-thought-out answers.
  • Positive social skills with pupils and co-workers, with the ability to motivate.
  • Classroom management skills.
  • Professional knowledge and understanding of your subject.
  • A personal philosophy about, and a commitment to, the teaching of your subject or subjects.
  • The ability to reflect and awareness of your own development needs.
  • Motivation to work for that school – teachers are proud of their schools so fake it if you don’t feel it!

What to expect from your teaching interview day

  • Interviews:usually last for 30–45 minutes with the head teacher, a governor and a classroom teacher or head of department.
  • Informal discussions:these may be with a senior teacher, head of department or other staff and could take place during a school tour. Be sure you show interest by talking to pupils. This is a good opportunity to ask questions to learn about the structures of the school.
  • Teaching a lesson or part-lesson:you will usually be asked to teach a class, so check the availability of resources at the school before you do your planning. During your interview you may be asked about the lesson, focusing on your planning, learning outcomes, assessment techniques and evaluation of how the lesson went.
  • Group discussions:these are more common for secondary posts. You will be assessed on your knowledge of the topic and ability to work in a group. Take an active part in the group without dominating the discussion.
  • Interview by pupils:often part of the interview process, even in primary schools.
  • Presentations:for more senior roles you may be required to present to the panel.


Teaching interview preparation tips


  • Read the school OFSTED. You should be able to mention the specific recommendations of the last OFSTED report and know what category the school is in (1-4)
  • Look at the Performance tables if appropriate. Does the school have a negative or positive Performance 8 figure?
  • Make sure you have specific examples from your school experience to demonstrate how you meet the selection criteria. Where can you show that you have demonstrably added value to students?
  • Re-read all aspects of your application (particularly your supporting or personal statement and research).
  • Read the educational press so you can discuss current trends and educational issues.
  • Prepare a rough outline of your answers to sample questions.
  • Ensure you can demonstrate your commitment to the particular school as well as to the teaching profession generally.
  • Dress smartly; consider this in relation to teaching a sample lesson.