5 Common Interview Questions for Teachers

Interview questions for teachers are so much more than ‘what are your key strengths’ and ‘If you’ve secured an interview, you are one step closer to securing your dream job! It’s your opportunity to demonstrate why you are the best candidate for the job. To stand out in your interview, preparation is key. A school will be looking at not just your experience, but they will want to learn more about you and your potential as a teacher.

Our expert recruiters have put together a list of 5 common interview questions for teachers along with some tips for answering them.

Here’s the questions you should prepare for –

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

Schools will want to understand your motivations behind choosing to be a teacher. But, they will also want confirmation that it’s your first choice of career and not a fallback. Share your experiences, your passion and the story of why you chose teaching as a career. This will not only give the school a great insight into your motivations to teach, but will also give them an idea of your personality and your values.

Interview questions for teachers

What do you know about our school?

This is your chance to shine and show that you have done your research. Look at the website and you’re likely to find the visions and values for the school. Do they reflect your own values? It’s important to remember that all schools want to hire exceptional teachers that have similar values.

There’s a wealth of information you can find online before an interview. From Ofsted reports to DfE performance tables, use what information you can. This could give you the chance to show how you could contribute to moving the school forward. It’s also important to look at extra-curricular activities. Have you been involved in similar activities before?

What qualities do you have that make you an effective teacher?

This is probably one of the most popular questions when it comes to a teachers interview. If this is an interview for your first teaching job, think back to a teacher who inspired you in school. Think about what qualities made them successful. What made you engage with their teaching style so well? Also don’t forget to talk about the qualities you have that they are looking for. Be sure to focus on what you can bring to the school and don’t be shy – this a the time to be bold.

Tell me about a time when. A key interview question for teachers.

Tell me about a time when questions really give the interview panel an insight into your teaching style and more. You will be expected to clearly demonstrate how you have dealt with previous situations. But now only that. There should be a focus on both the situation and the resolution. This is a chance to show that you really do have the skills and experience needed to be the perfect candidate for the job.

Do you have any questions?

It’s also important to remember that an interview isn’t a one-way street. You should also prepare your own questions to ask the panel. There’s no doubt you will be asked if you have any questions at the end of an interview. Be prepared! Even if the interview has covered everything you need to know, have something to ask. A great fallback question is ‘Have I been able to answer all of your questions in enough detail?’ or “How do you feel I have performed in this interview in comparison to other candidates”. Asking these questions is better than having no questions at all.

If you are looking to get into teaching, or are interested in a change of school for next term, get in touch with our team. We all started our careers as teachers and are happy to share our experiences with you to help you secure your dream teaching job.