How to ace a video interview

Published 6 April 2021
By Anna Shirley

Sheffield SCITT communciations manager Anna Shirley.

While some teacher training providers may be returning to face-to-face interviews, others are continuing to ask that interviews take place by video call.

The Sheffield SCITT(opens in new window) has done virtual interviews this year, and we have put together a guide on how to smash a video interview!

Logistics

  • Make sure you have access to the software that the interviewers will be using. At The Sheffield SCITT we are using Zoom, for example.
  • Test it out by making a video call to a friend to check your sound and speakers are working.
  • Consider the best place in your house to set up for the interview. You want a spot you where you won’t be interrupted, with good lighting. Avoid positioning yourself right in front of a window otherwise we’ll end up with a lovely view of outside, but not of your face!
  • Be mindful of your environment — remove anything from view that could potentially portray you in a negative way.
  • If you can, hide any small children or pets away so that they can’t make any unexpected guest appearances.

Presentation

Make sure you present yourself in a professional manner.

  • Dress as you would for a face-to-face interview, in smart attire.
  • Try to keep eye contact and look directly into the camera. This can be tricky via video, but it’ll really help your interviewers to engage with you.
  • Have a print-out of your application or a list of your key points nearby. You can use it as a platform to spark ideas and prompts to keep the interview flowing well.

Content

The points you should try to cover will be the same as in a face-to-face interview.

  • It’s essential that you use your interview to demonstrate your passion to become a teacher.
  • Clearly articulate the key reasons that you think you are suited to teaching.
  • Draw on examples from any experience you have working with children, and use this to form the basis of your answers.
  • If you are applying for secondary teaching, make sure you demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of your subject area.
  • You will be expected to answer subject-specific questions, so make sure you are well-equipped to fire off answers confidently.
  • Be yourself and engage with the interviewer. And remember that your interview is a great opportunity for you to ask any questions that you have too.

Best of luck with your interview, and be assured that you are embarking on a truly rewarding, challenging and exciting career as a teacher.

If you're interested in enriching the lives of young people, find out more about how you can become a teacher.