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Ace Your Next Interview: Tips and Tricks from Recruitment Experts

As a teacher or lecturer searching for your next career move, acing the interview process is crucial to achieving your goals. It can be nerve-wracking, but preparation is key when it comes to impressing potential employers. Fortunately, there are a few tips and tricks from recruitment experts that can help you feel confident and prepared for your next interview.

October 17, 2023

1. Firstly, research the school or college thoroughly before your interview. This can help you to understand their mission, values, and any recent developments or initiatives that they have undertaken. This knowledge can be valuable in demonstrating your interest and enthusiasm for the role and the organisation. Some useful sources of information include the institution's website, social media pages, and news articles.

 2. Secondly, practise your answers to common interview questions. This will help to ensure that your responses are articulate, concise, and relevant to the role. Common questions might include "Tell me about your teaching philosophy," "How do you handle difficult students," or "What experience do you have with assessment and evaluation?". Be sure to prepare examples that illustrate your knowledge and experience in these areas.

 3. Another useful tip is to identify your key strengths and achievements and be prepared to discuss them in detail. This can include specific teaching strategies that have had success in the classroom, innovative projects, or initiatives that you have spearheaded, or any awards or recognition that you have received. Being able to showcase your skills and accomplishments can help to set you apart from other candidates and make a great impression on potential employers.

4. In addition to these tips, it's also important to make a strong first impression. Dress appropriately for the interview and arrive early to allow yourself time to settle in and mentally prepare. Be sure to greet your interviewer with a smile and a firm handshake, and maintain good eye contact throughout the interview.

5. Don't forget to ask questions of your own. This demonstrates your interest in the role and can provide valuable insight into the school or college. Some useful questions might include "What opportunities are there for professional development and growth?" or "What challenges or priorities is the school currently facing?". Asking thoughtful and relevant questions can help to demonstrate your curiosity and engagement with the role.

6. Finally, as a teacher or lecturer, when preparing for a job interview, it is essential that you research the school or college's safeguarding policies and procedures. Safeguarding is an integral part of any educational institution's duty of care to its students and staff, and failing to answer questions related to safeguarding can hinder your chances of securing a role. By reading through the school's safeguarding policy, you can gain valuable insight into the institution's ethos, practices, and expectations regarding safeguarding. Additionally, familiarising yourself with the school's safeguarding procedures can help you answer interview questions with confidence, making a positive impression on your interviewer. In short, taking the time to research a school or college's safeguarding policies and procedures shows that you are a conscientious, committed, and knowledgeable candidate who takes safeguarding seriously.



In conclusion, always be yourself. For whatever role, at any seniority, remember that ultimately people recruit people – there has to be a level of rapport. Assuming qualifications and experience are broadly equivalent, people will always hire people they want to work with. Follow the interviewer’s lead, but show your personality – professional does not have to mean formal, and the more informal the interview feels the better it is likely to be going. Smile and have fun – the interview is as much for you as it is them.


If you're a newly qualified teacher or have limited experience with interviews, our team of recruitment consultants can provide you with invaluable advice and support to help you ace your interview. With years of experience in the education sector, our experts understand exactly what it takes to make a great impression on potential employers and secure your dream teaching job. So if you're looking for guidance to maximise your chances of success, look no further. Contact us today on 0344 477 9273 and take the first step towards a successful career in teaching.