NQT interview tipsWatch
I have an interview coming up for a teaching position, i have my lesson plan all sorted but would really appreciate some general interview tips.
- taking some quick notes in a spare moment after the lesson on what went well, what could be improved, just so I didn't forget about it when it came to the actual interview
- whatever topic they give you to teach, be prepared to discuss prior knowledge needed and what the next steps would be after your lesson
- bring copies of the lesson in many different formats (powerpoint, activinspire, printed PDF just in case) and have a starter activity that's printed in case of technical issues
- pause and think after you're asked a question, don't rush in
- as an NQT, a good question to ask when they ask if you have any questions is, "What support do you have in place for NQTs?"
One of the key things is to be friendly and chatty to anyone in the department that you meet, and to other interviewees. Recently, my school interviewed for a new teacher and I got to see the process I went through as an NQT but from the other perspective. There was one guy who was quite nice to us, but it was obvious he kept trying to one-up the other people being interviewed, and wasn't so nice to them. When the head of department asked us what we thought of everyone after the lessons but before the interviews, we all said that he didn't seem like somebody we'd want to work with, and I think that swayed things a bit.