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Conducting the perfect teaching job interview

What is the best way to get the most from interviews with prospective teachers looking for a job at your school? Darryl Mydat provides some interview guidance for schools looking to recruit new staff.

Finding the right person for a job is difficult enough for professional recruiters, but for schools having to choose between a series of shortlisted candidates, extracting all of the information you need from the short period that you have a candidate in an interview situation can be something of a challenge. 

One of the most important traits for any interviewer is good listening skills. This is much more than just listening in the literal sense. It means being able to interpret what is being said and when necessary to probe answers for what may be being withheld. 

A good interviewer must be able to tie up verbal and non-verbal communication to make sure that there are not any contradictions, as well as being able to “see through” answers and test them out. 

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