The Interview Process

The interview process

If your application is successful, we will call you for interview. At this stage, we will provide you with interview guidance. Below is an overview of the process and the purpose of each activity:

Written Task

All candidates will complete a written task. The purpose of the written task is to review the following:

  • your grammar, spelling and punctuation;
  • your ability to articulate your points clearly;
  • the extent to which you have addressed all aspects of the question.

Taught Session

All candidates will plan and deliver a 20-minute session in which a skill and subject concept should be taught to a small group of pupils, observed by some members of the interview panel. The purpose of this task is to establish the following:

  • your level of confidence;
  • clarity of speech;
  • positive demeanour;
  • effective communication skills;
  • enthusiasm;
  • ability to get on with people;
  • a genuine liking for and understanding of young people;
  • leadership potential.

Pupil Panel

All candidates will participate in a fifteen minute question and answer session led by pupils. The purpose of this task is to establish the following;

  • the ability to relate to young people and communicate effectively with them;
  • if you are committed to a career in teaching.

Individual Formal Interview

All candidates will be formally interviewed. Information collated from the written task, the taught session and the pupil panel, including references, will be utilised to support the interview process. The interview panel will consist of a number of staff from across Learning at TCAT, including a Subject Lead.

The purpose of these tasks is to establish the following;

Strong Subject Knowledge

You will be expected to demonstrate to the interview panel that you have a good understanding of the knowledge, concepts and skills of your curriculum area and that you have the capacity to articulate your understanding of the same.  The panel will expect you to demonstrate an enthusiasm and interest for your subject(s) and, if possible, experience and understanding of how your subject is taught in the secondary classroom

Reflection and analysis of prior experience in a secondary school and the ability to relate to and engage with young people

You will have the opportunity to demonstrate evidence of relevant experience of working with secondary age children. The panel will expect you to be able to describe and analyse the range of experiences gained in relation to working with children and young people.  If you have planned further experiences in schools, you must ensure that that the interviewers are aware of this.

Knowledge of issues linked to secondary education

The interview panel will expect you to demonstrate your awareness of current educational issues. These might include, for example, curriculum knowledge, curriculum developments, the nature of your subject at 11-16, the testing of pupil attainment, changes to the post-sixteen curriculum and educational inclusion and awareness of KS2 transition.

Commitment to a career in teaching

You will be expected to articulate why you wish to enter the teaching profession and to demonstrate that you have sought out relevant school experience prior to your application

Displays a range of personal characteristics including flexibility, independence and resilience and excellent interpersonal skills

You will be expected to demonstrate this throughout the whole recruitment and selection process but we would expect you to be able to share examples of where you have had to demonstrate this.

Leadership potential

You will be expected to provide an example of how you have demonstrated leadership and what you learned from this experience about yourself and your leadership style.

Effective communication skills

The ability to communicate clearly and accurately in both spoken and written Standard English will be explored throughout the whole interview process and via the written task to be completed on the day of the interview.