Congratulations, you’ve got an interview! Your resume got you this far but now it’s up to you to impress the employer and nail the interview. Below, we list 7 interview tips that help you get hired.
1. Do your homework
Find out everything you can about the school you are interviewing with. Researching the school’s website, social media, and recent press releases or blogs will give you an insight into the school’s future goals, work environment and how your experience will make you the perfect fit for the job. Your effort will show in the interview and is a great chance to make a good impression.
2. Prepare & Practice
Reread the job description and person specification carefully. Pay extra attention to specific skills the employer is looking for and think about examples from your own work experience that align with these requirements. Practice your responses to common interview questions such as ’why do you want to teach in this school’ and ’what is your teaching philosophy’.
3. Be on time
Make sure you arrive at least 10-15 minutes early. Plan the trip to the interview location and keep an eye on the public transport websites in case of any delays or disruptions. Take out your outfit the night before and pack a bag with everything you need for the interview, for example, a bottle of water, copies of your resume, a notebook, and a pen. On the day of the interview, wake up early to give yourself plenty of time to get ready.
4. Stay calm
You must be able to concentrate so if you feel nervous, take a few deep breaths before going into the interview. Listen to the questions and allow yourself some time to think before you reply. Speak slowly and clearly and give concise answers. Remember, the better prepared you are, the more confident you’ll feel.
5. Dress to impress
First impression count so dress professionally for the interview. Make sure your outfit is neat, tidy, and appropriate for the school you are interviewing with.
6. Ask questions
Interviewers always ask if you have any questions so it’s a good idea to have a few ready. It shows that you are interested in the job and that you have come prepared. Another tip is to take notes during the interview to keep track of any questions you might want to ask. Before you leave, make sure you know what the next step in the hiring process is and when they expect to make a decision.
7. Stay positive
Show the interviewers that you want the job! Be confident, friendly and positive. Maintain your enthusiasm throughout the interview. Remember that body language speaks as loudly as words. Use positive body language, sit up straight and look the interviewer in the eye. Don’t speak badly of previous employers, this will reflect poorly on you even if it is well-founded. In the end, thank the employer for their time and tell them that you look forward to hearing from them.