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Mastering Teacher Interviews: Expert Insights and Tips

  • Publish Date: Posted 8 months ago
  • Author: Jack O'Connell

​Hey there, educators!

I'm Jack, a Principal Consultant here at Dunbar Education.

I understand the nerves and excitement that come with interviewing for a teaching position. Whether you're a seasoned teacher eyeing a senior leadership role or an NQT embarking on your first full-time position, preparation is key to calming those interview jitters. With over 300 years of collective experience in the education sector, our expert consultants have shared some commonly asked teacher interview questions, along with valuable tips to help you ace your next interview like a pro.

Why do you want to be a teacher? / Why did you choose teaching as a career?

This classic interview question sets the tone for your teaching philosophy. Take this opportunity to share personal anecdotes or experiences that ignited your passion for education. Emphasize that teaching is not just a backup plan but a genuine calling for you.

Why do you want to work in our school?

Showcase your enthusiasm for the specific school you're interviewing with by conducting thorough research. Highlight the school's accomplishments and successes, and relate them to your own professional goals and values. Demonstrate how your unique qualities align with the school's culture and vision.

Can you give an example of a time you encountered challenges in the classroom?

Remember, interviewers aren't out to trip you up. They want to gauge your problem-solving skills and ability to reflect and grow as an educator. Be prepared for follow-up questions such as how you attempted to address the issue and what you would do differently in the future.

Can you share a behavior management strategy you implement in the classroom?

Demonstrate your competence in effectively managing student behavior. Discuss specific techniques you utilize and align them with the school's behavior policy. Emphasize fostering respectful relationships between students and teachers, showcasing your commitment to creating a positive learning environment.

Why do you want to work in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)?

This question applies to both mainstream school teachers working with SEND students and teaching staff in dedicated SEND schools. Highlight your empathy and understanding of students' unique needs, emphasizing the importance of both education and care. Illustrate your dedication to facilitating educational progress and celebrating each student's achievements, regardless of their disabilities.

Questions specific to your application

Be prepared to answer questions related to your experiences and qualifications mentioned in your CV and application letter. Share anecdotes that showcase your achievements and personal skills, demonstrating how they have made you a better teacher. New teachers can also discuss their plans for utilizing their skills and accomplishments once they enter the classroom.

Tiying Up

By familiarising yourself with these questions and practicing your responses, you'll approach your interview with confidence and poise. If you're ready to embark on your next teaching adventure, check out our current vacancies or register with us for personalised support in securing your dream teaching role. Our dedicated education consultants will provide comprehensive interview preparation to ensure you feel fully equipped for success.

Good luck, and remember, you've got this!