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How To... Prepare For Your Teacher Training Interview

Preparing for your teacher training interview can be scary, especially if you don't have much experience in a school environment. To help you out, read on to find out our five tips for preparing for your teacher training interview with Prestolee SCITT!

1. Read your interview offer letter... then read it again!

This might seem obvious, but reading any documentation or emails closely is key. All the information you need about your interview will be sent to you via email in our 'Interview Offer Letter'. Information will include the time, date, and online meeting details for your interview, alongside what our interview process involves.

Make sure you read the letter thoroughly, making note of any key deadlines for submission of information. This includes confirming your attendance and the submission of online tasks.

Communication and professionalism is key, and if there is anything you are unsure of about the interview process you should get in touch with us as soon as possible. Our team are on hand to answer any questions and make the interview process as simple for all applicants as possible!

2. Prepare for Common Interview Questions

Most teacher training interviews will consist of very similar themes and questions. Whether is is assessing your understanding of safeguarding, or how much you know about Phonics, researching common interview questions for teacher training courses will stand you in good stead for your interview with us.

Remember, if you don't know an answer, it is okay to say so! Lots of our questions are there to assess your current knowledge and understanding, so don't be afraid to let us know that it is an area you would need to improve your knowledge on and would be eager to learn more about.

3. Familiarise Yourself with the Curriculum

A 10-minute mini-teach is an integral part of our interview process. Once you have selected a year group and relevant objective, look at the National Curriculum or a school's curriculum. Think about how you want the objective to be achieved, and what lesson might come next if you were teaching the children again.

4. Show your Passion and Enthusiasm

There is no expectation for you to deliver a mini-teach to the same standard as an expert teacher. While we are looking for your understanding of teaching, the emphasis is very much on how you interact with the children, and how you demonstrate your passion for the teaching profession. You will be given ample opportunity to show us your commitment to teaching throughout the interview process, so don't hold back!

Follow these tips and you'll be one step closer to your new teaching career!


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