Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Typical Interview Questions for Teaching in London

Teaching in London will present a different set of challenges than you are likely used to "back home". Your interview with a school or with a teaching agency will likely focus on this adjustment at least a little bit.

Here are some typical interview questions for teaching in London, England:
  1. Why do you want to teach in London?
  2. Tell me about your teaching so far.
  3. What were the students like (socio-economics) and what kind of schools (private, public, rural, inner city, small, large, etc) have you worked in?
  4. What are you ideally looking for (long term, short term, daily supply, subject/age specifics)?
  5. If I were to call another teacher that you worked closely with, what do you think they'd say about you?
  6. Why did you leave your last school?
  7. What involvement have you had in extracurricular activities?
  8. How do you ensure that all students are actively involved in their learning?
  9. What experience have you had with IEP's (Individual Education Plans)?
  10. What experience have you had with students with Special Needs in general or EAL (English as Additional Language) learners?
  11. Describe a successful lesson you have recently given. Why was it so successful?
  12. Walk me through your classroom. What does it look like?
The person interviewing you is trying to get a good sense of your experience, who you are as a teacher, how well you interview and where they can best try to place you at a school.

The best way to prepare for an interview for teaching in London is to actually sit down and write down your answers beforehand. Now that you know these typical questions, you should be off to a better start than most others anyway.

Also, dress as you would in any other interview, and don't eat food during the interview. Sadly, I've had people show up in their sweat pants (and no, they're not gym teachers) and eating muffins. This does not give the best first impression. If you are a professional teacher, then dress and speak like one.

An interview with a Recruitment Consultant is very similar to an interview with a school, so use that interview as a good trial run for the real thing. It might be a bit more casual to make you feel more comfortable, but that should help you rather than hinder you.

If you know of any other great interview questions, please add them in the comments section.


  1. Some questions i was asked at an interview for the york region board were:

    1.Describe a recent teaching experience that you found successful and tell us how you knew it was a success?

    2. When you are planning a course what are the critical elements that you look at when course planning?

    3. If you were told this afternoon that you were the successful candidate and you had to prepare for classes next week, what steps would you take to plan a course for next week?

    4. How would you successfully evaluate student learning in your classroom?

  2. Top Tips for Interview Day

    1. Dress formally in a suit regardless - first impressions count!
    2. Arrive early; 10 minutes prior to the interview start time.
    3. Listen carefully to all questions and take your time to respond
    4. Offer a firm handshake, make eye contact, and have a friendly expression when you are greeted by your interviewer.
    5. Treat other people you encounter with courtesy and respect. Their opinions of you might be solicited during hiring decisions.
    6. Maintain good eye contact during the interview.
    7. Sit still in your seat; avoid fidgeting and slouching.
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