Interview questions

As a job hunter, it’s in my best interest to collect questions and learn the answers to them. I’m finding that certain questions make repeat appearances, so it’s best not to be blind sided. I’ll be building up a collection here, for the benefit of myself and anyone else job hunting hard who reads this blog.

1. Tell me about your career so far.
NB – they want to know what experiences you have had and what you bring with you to this job.

2. What role do you think ICT plays in the (languages) classroom?
NB – this is not a general question, they want to know how you use ICT in the classroom.

3. How would you motivate teenagers to learn languages?
NB – think hard about this one, it’s important and extra difficult.
Suggestions include – rewards, demonstrating your own enthusiasm for the subject, coming up with plausible reasons why languages are useful – feel free to add any more you can think of.

4. (the foreign language question) Tell me about your experiences in …
NB – prepare and answer and learn it. I’ve fuddled my way through this question twice now. It won’t happen a third time.

5. Do you have any questions for us?
I hate this question. By this point I’ve usually exhausted everything I can on the tour of the school and the chat with the department. Only once did I ask a good question, it pertained to the extra-curricular life of the school. That seemed to go over quite well…

More to come…


2 Responses to Interview questions

  1. Isi says:

    Thanks for your help!. I have been trying to get a permanent job as well (after being in fixed contract for 2 years) and I have had 2 interviews this year. I agree wiht you. Most of the questions repeat themselves.A new one is how you fir the new GCSE in the curricullum? which I have found information about the new GCSE, but I don’t know how to answer that! I give you this link which is has a few more questions for you and I hope it helps. Good luck!

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