Education Interview Guidance
Preparing for your interview
Observe the world around you
What stories and events are affecting education (particularly the phase you wish to train to teach, i.e. primary, secondary or post-compulsory education)? What’s your opinion on the latest news?
Research and understand the role
Could you meet the expectations? Have a clear view of why you want to be a teacher.
Experience in a school is not essential to making an application. However, it does help you to know more about life in the setting you wish to teach in and will give you some personal experience to reflect on.
What are you going to wear?
Even if your interview is online, we still expecting you to dress for an interview! We need to see that you understand what appropriate professional attire is for a teacher. So decide what you’re going to wear in advance so you can check it’s clean and presentable!
Check your tech!
Once you’ve installed Microsoft Teams on the device of your choice, test it! You’d be surprised how many people get tripped up by their tech. It’s also worth thinking about your internet connection or WiFi. Is there anywhere in your home that it always drops out? Avoid it!
Do not disturb
To avoid being interrupted by your dad/auntie/little brother/dog (you get the picture!), it's best to tell people that you have an interview so to not disturb you for a while!
What to expect
- You’ll be sent a link to your interview on Microsoft Teams via email. In this email, there should be a 'Join meeting' link. At your allocated interview time, press 'Join meeting'.
- You’ll be sent a presentation, which should answer many of the questions you may have about the course you've applied for. Please look through this prior to the interview.
- You’ll take part in a written task, sent to you prior to your interview. Complete this task and send it to the person inviting you to the interview.
- The written task allows you to demonstrate clear communication skills and understanding of education. Where you've applied to train to teach a specific subject, you will also be able to show your passion for that subject
During the call, you must show a form of picture ID as proof of who the interviewer is talking to. You will then have time to complete your presentation and undergo the formal interview.
- If you are required to deliver a presentation, you will be advised of a topic or given a list of topics to choose from in advance. The presentation will be short so there's no need to worry! This is not a lesson and we don't want you to prepare a PowerPoint! Do think about how you would deliver this presentation to a small group of pupils though. Perhaps use some visual aids, examples or even a learning activity that would help communicate your ideas.
- During the interview stage, explain why you think this is the right career for you and what you understand the role of a teacher to be. Why do you want to teach at this level (whether that's primary or secondary)? If you're looking to teach a specific subject, why that subject? Who or what has inspired you? You will have time to ask any questions after your interview.
BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS
You’ll be asked to discuss a current issue in education. This will be an issue of your choosing that you will be able to prepare for in advance. This allows us to see your current knowledge and shows you are aware of the wider issues in education.
PGCE Primary and Early Years with QTS
The interview will comprise of questions about your understanding of the role of a teacher and your expectations of the course. Please ensure that you read through the PowerPoint presentation that is sent to you when you expressed interest in this course.
During the interview, you will be asked to speak for a few minutes about one of a range of discussion titles that will be sent to you prior to your interview. You will be able to choose the area you would like to discuss from the range supplied. The interviewer will expect you to have prepared your discussion based on your understanding of the area at this early point in your career.
At the end of the interview you will be emailed a writing task based on a lesson that we will also send you. You will then have 35 minutes to complete this task and email it back to the interviewer (if your interview is online), so please be sure to have 35 minutes at the end of the interview to complete this task, as it is part of the selection process.
Be prepared! If Admissions have requested you bring certain documents to your interview, make sure you bring them! It's also useful to have a copy of your personal statement on hand to remind yourself what you said in your application.
Be on time! Promptness is an important part of professional conduct so if you’re coming on to campus, allow lots of time for travel and plan for possible delays. If your interview is online, make sure you have everything set up and ready to go in good time.
Don’t talk TOO much! We want to hear about your skills and experience but it’s also important to keep to the point!
Don’t make inappropriate jokes or share horror stories! Of course we want you to smile and be yourself, but we’re looking for the next generation of professionals and want to know you can interact with people appropriately..
Maintain natural eye contact. Don’t stare us out or anything, but also don’t look at the floor... Just think about the normal eye contact you would make with a friend when you’re having a chat.
Don’t be negative but if you must be negative, show how you turned it into a positive.
Conduct yourself in a manner that shows you are free from bias and are happy to treat and work with anyone from a cross-section of cultures and society.
Finally...Enjoy it! We’re not looking to trip you up – we want you to do well. You’ve put in the hard work so now it’s your opportunity to shine!