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Get that teaching job! Surviving interview day

Teaching interviews can be daunting, especially if you are in your first years in the profession. Adam Riches offers job-hunting teachers some basic pointers...

Over the years, the process of applying to teach at a school has changed significantly. The process was once steeped in mystical traditions that intimidated new and experienced teachers alike – the very precise way in which cover letters needed to be worded and signed off, the ambiguity of instructions surrounding the tasks on the day, and of course the dreaded interview.

Thankfully, the proverbial fog seems to have lifted and there is now a lot more transparency and consistency around the processes of applying to teach in a school.
The thing that has not changed, however, is the rigour or the intimidation of the interview – and that part of the day can be a real challenge for new teachers. However, one thing is sure – you do not need to have had years of teaching experience to excel at interview.

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