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Preparing for your interview
The key to any successful interview is proper preparation – and your application for teacher training is no exception. The way different schools and universities structure their interviews will vary, as will any assessments you’ll need to complete. You’ll be looking to stand out from the crowd, so before the interview’s even started, there are some important questions you need to ask yourself.
Have you done your research?
No two teacher training interviews will be the same, so you need to be able to tailor your approach. Make sure you do your research about the school(s) or university that will be leading your training. If successful, you’ll be with them for a year (and possibly longer if one of your placements leads to employment).
When you receive an invitation for an interview, read it very carefully so you know exactly what to expect. Most interviews will take place over a full day – although some could take as little as an hour – and they can include some, if not all, of the following:
- a review of personal documentation including examination certificates
- a group task or discussion (e.g. discussion on current educational issues)
- a short presentation – the topic may be given to you prior to the day of the interview
- an individual interview, which could be one-to-one or with a panel
- a written task, or tasks, which could involve a literacy test and/or subject-based test
So you’ll need to make sure you’re prepared for every eventuality to improve your chances of making a great impression.
What qualities will you bring to teaching?
You’ll need to be sure you can provide compelling reasons for why you have all the right qualities for teaching. These include:
- having an assured, committed reason for wanting to get into teaching and an understanding of how you can make a difference as a teacher
- knowing what you can bring to the course you’re applying for – both in terms of your subject knowledge and the ethos of the school(s) or university leading your training
- being able to explain what you’ve learnt from your school experience
- showing you can apply transferable skills from any previous employment to teaching
- understanding current policies and practices in education and teaching in general
You may have already given a lot of thought to these areas when crafting your written application. That’s a good start, but don’t be complacent and hope reciting that will carry you through.
And, as with any interview, you’ll be expected to demonstrate good personal, intellectual and communication skills – in fact, as a prospective teacher, these are vital skills.
30 June 2018 10:00
This event in Newcastle will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.
25 June 2018 18:30
If you've been offered a teacher training place, this online session will answer your questions on how best to prepare for your teacher training.
27 June 2018 12:00
This online event will provide advice on gaining school experience for those interested in primary teaching. It will offer helpful hints and tips on gaining and making the most of your primary school experience and it's relevance to your UCAS application.
02 July 2018 18:30
Teaching is a great way of making your knowledge in a STEM subject count. We’ll help you with your routes into teaching and how subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) can help build up or refresh your subject knowledge before you commence your teacher training.