Monday, February 6, 2012

12 Typical Interview Questions for Teaching Jobs in London, England Or Anywhere Else Overseas

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. I also think it helps to dress professionally even if your interview is on the phone as it gets you into a professional teacher mind-set. 

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.
Resources for Teaching in London
Classroom Canada
Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians ebook
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