Top 5 interview questions for teachers

Top 5 interview questions for teachers

If you're interviewing for a teaching job, you know that the interview process can be nerve-wracking. You want to make sure that you're prepared for any questions that might come up, so here are our top five interview questions for teachers:


  1. What are your strengths?

Every teacher has strengths. Whether it's being able to find creative ways to engage students or being able to create an inclusive classroom environment, these are things that will help you stand out in a crowded field of applicants. Make sure that you highlight those strengths when asked this question during an interview.


  1. How would you deal with a student who was challenging?

This question is an opportunity for you to show off your negotiation skills and communication abilities—and also demonstrate your ability to handle difficult situations in a way that makes everyone feel heard and respected.


  1. What got you interested in working with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)?

Understanding what motivates a candidate can help the interview panel gauge your fit. For example, a candidate may mention that they have family members or friends who have special needs, which may better equip them for the pressures of the job. Or they may come from another profession or have voluntary experience in the sector if they have no direct SEND teaching experience. The panel are essentially looking for understanding and empathy – not candidates who think this will be an “easier ride” than a mainstream classroom teaching job.


4. What would your students say about your teaching style?

You don't have to tell them what your kids say—that's private! But try to think about how the student body would feel about your approach to teaching and learning.


  1. Why do you want to teach at [school name]?

If it's a really good school, there are probably lots of people who want this job. What makes you stand out? How can you show them why you'd be the perfect fit?


Please don’t forget, your Axcis Consultant is also at hand to help guide you through the interview process so please feel free to give them a call for some advice and support the next time you’re fretting over your next interview!


Are you seeking SEND work or staff?

If you’re looking for a SEND teaching or support job in England or Wales, why not register with Axcis, the SEND recruitment specialists? Or perhaps you need to recruit staff for your school or provision? If so, why not take a look at the Axcis Website, or get in touch today to find out how we can help!


Martin Keddie