Interview questions that are common for graduates with newly acquired qualifications such as an online education degree and especially for getting a job with a PGCEi...
The purpose of any interview is for the employer to asses your ability and qualifications as a potential employee. The employer will want to know details about your work experience, your skills, capabilities and qualifications so he can make an informed decision in the recruitment process. That said there are some specific questions that are related to teachers and teaching assistants that we will share here in an attempt to have you be more prepared for your interview.
The interview will decide your fate and while reviewing these questions, some may not be related to you but there is no harm in ensuring you have done your homework and carefully prepared for the day.
- Why did you decide to become a teacher?
- Why did you select the PGCEi from Nottingham?
- What has your educational qualifications equipped you with?
- Which trait or ability do you posses that would be useful for this job role?
- Tell me 2 achievments that you are most satisfied with and why?
- What type of classroom management structures are your versed in?
- How would you deal with a student/parents who is habitually late?
- What would you do if you suspected neglect or abuse in one of your student's home?
- How would you engage a reluctant student?
- What tactics would you use to manage a situation of a child being bullied?
- Are you interested in leading any after-school activities?
- What are your short term objectives?
- What are your long term goals?
- When and why did you set these goals and objectives for yourself?
- Where have you reached in achieving these goals and objectives?
- Where do you see yourself 5, 10 and 15 years from now?
- What is the end objective of your life?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- How would you describe yourself?
- How would your colleagues, friends and teachers describe you?
- What do you know about us?
- What changes would you bring to the school and why?
- How would you evaluate this school and based on what criteria?
- How can you contribute to the school?
- Why should we choose you?
Review the above questions and write down your answers to them, take your time to write down the most truthful answer as this will reflect in your body language during the interview.
Research online about tips for interviewing for a teaching position, remember in most cases you will be interviewed by the senior faculty of the school who are well experienced and can read between the lines.
A few tips on responding to these questions:
- The question on long term objectives is a tricky on as your objectives may not relate to a specific job or even to a specific industry but what is more difficult is finding out what the school is expecting to hear. Review their own long term objectives on their website and try to align your response to that.
- Keep your responses generic and let the interviewer know that you are being generic as in this part of the world most contracts are usually 2 or 3 years maximum and so your personal 5, 10 or 15 year plan may not be aligned to this city, country or industry even.
- Staying generic allows you the leeway to discuss situations where you want to get to or where you will develop, grow and train. If the school you are interviewing with is interested in retaining qualified staff and keep lower turnover rates they will understand this comment easily.
- For short term goals think of the next 6 to 12 months, if you are still pursuing your PGCEi - this is a great time to discuss this. Alternatively if you have just completed your course, discuss the transferable skills you have learned about.
- When asked about yourself and colleague and tutors, draft your responses to include achievements and weaknesses as well. This way your interviewer is assured that you are keen to improve and excel. Take these responses back to your career goals and let the interviewer know that you have a plan in place for the next 2 -3 years.
Interviews are meant to be confusing, intimidating and confrontational. This is a way to test the resilience of an individual and believe me, the best way to avoid any negatives points is be preparing as much as possible for the questions beforehand. I hope the above help you prepare for a great interview. Good Luck!