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A plea for some help regarding interviews

PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 8:08 pm
by ywith
Hello All,

This is my first Post. My name is Adam and I will tell you straight away I am not a teacher, but my girlfriend is.

She is currently doing her PGCE and is about to graduate in a couple weeks with good marks. She has been getting good feedback on her lesson plans etc, but she is extremely nervous when it comes to the interviews. Her CV is very good and reads well so she is getting the interviews. However, she is not getting through the interview process, which seems quite daunting compared to industry interview processes.

She has had 3 interviews and was unfortunately not successful in each case. In one she got through to the next section from the presentation / teaching task, but the other two she did not get through the first stage. This has really dented her confidence.

She has a 4th interview on Friday, but has now convinced herself that she is not going to get the job and is terrified of going in case she doesn't get it.

I have insisted it would do her good to have some practice in front of her tutors, peers or myself, but she seems to think every single person gets the job at the first chance of trying without practice and she must not be good enough. As you can see I have my work cut out raising her confidence ready for Friday especially with no experience in the teaching interview process.

Therefore, I would like to hear from anyone that has failed at an interview and since gone on to get a teaching post. I would also appreciate some tips for the interview lesson and how you should approach that differently to the normal class lessons since she does not know why the interview panel are not putting her through since she thinks she did a good job each time.
Additionally, would you recommend a teaching assistant post to get some experience if she does not get the job Friday. Finally, I would like some comments on how much practice you did before your interview, on interview questions or your presentation to reassure her it is ok to practice and not a sign of weakness.

Any advice regarding the teaching interview process or wisdom you can provide would be much appreciated. I think she just needs to know she is not alone in feeling this way.

Thank you in advance.



Re: A plea for some help regarding interviews

PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:35 am
by WAK
Hi Adam

I think this post might be too late, how did your girlfriend do - I hope she got the job!

I was lucky enough to be offered a job at one of the schools I had a placement at after a position became available. (probably not helping much there!)

Some people do get really nervous at interviews, and I don't think its any kind of slur against there proffessional abilities, it just sounds like its purely a confidence thing.
Maybe it will just take a few interviews to build up her confidence enough, make sure she gets feedback from each interview, and works on any points raised.
Experience is always a good thing, especially for anyone coming straight from School and then through Uni. Can she ask any of her friends form her course about the experiences they had, and any questions they were asked, and how they answered them?

Oh, and well done you for being supportive and helping in this way :D

Re: A plea for some help regarding interviews

PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:29 pm
by ywith
Unfortunately she didn't get it. She did better than before though and got to the top couple.

Did you practice questions and your presentation in front of people before doing it?

Re: A plea for some help regarding interviews

PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:32 pm
by WAK
Oh shame. Hope she wasn't to disheartened.

My HoD at my placement school ran through some interview questions with me and so did my ITT co-ordinator. We also did some mock interviews with other students on the course, and gave each other feedback on answers. It's deffinitely worth practicing first.