When you are preparing for an interview, there are many things that you must do to make sure that you are in great shape to answer any question that comes your way. In addition to being prepared to answer questions, you will also need to prepare well thought out questions for the interviewer about the position and the company. Doing so will show the potential employer that you are highly interested in what the position and the company has to offer. For the purposes of this article, we will go over several interview questions that you will need to prepare for when looking for teaching jobs over in the UK.
Possible interview question 1: Why do you want to teach in the UK?
This is a typical question that you should be prepared to answer regardless of what position you are interviewing for. If you are moving to the UK from another part of the world, the potential employer will want to make sure that you are up for the challenge. Moving to the UK can be quite a transition and will take a strong person who is willing to start their life over again and learn a new culture to do it. Be prepared to share some professional goals that you want to accomplish while in the UK as well as a personal goal. This will demonstrate that you are able to commit to teaching in a foreign environment.
Possible interview question 2: Why do you want to work in our school?
The school or potential company that you are applying to will be curious as to why you chose them as a potential employer. Be prepared by doing some research about the company or school so that when you answer, you can demonstrate that have done your research. Along with mentioning some of your professional goals, be sure to share some of your personal goals that will also coincide with why you want to work for that particular school. Companies and school districts like to hear that you have looked into their mission and vision statements and that you can buy-in to their goals.
Possible interview question 3: How do you manage challenges or conflicts?
The best way to answer this question is to share an example of an experience in which you had to overcome adversity or deal with a challenging situation in the workplace. Be sure to mention what you learned from the situation and how it helped you grow professionally.
Possible interview question 4: What experience do you have teaching in schools?
Practice sharing your experience with a friend or close family member. This way you will be well versed in how to answer this type of question without being long-winded. Nobody wants to hear your entire life story but it can be a challenge to synthesize everything that you have accomplished in just a couple of sentences. Practicing helps make this easier.
Possible interview question 5: What skills do you possess that makes you a great teacher?
Make a list of all the qualities and skills that you have that will prepare you for a teaching position. It is a good idea to practice answering this question with a friend or family member as well so you are well versed on how to answer in a clear and concise way.