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The job interview: Tips for schools

As a school, conducting effective interview days will go a long way to convincing prospective teachers that this is the job for them. Having recently experienced the interview process at two schools, Kristina Symons offers some advice…

It was the best of interviews, it was the worst of interviews...

After 26 years of teaching in London, I am moving to the seaside. I have resigned with no job to go to. So far, I have attended two interviews. Both in state comprehensive secondary schools. Both schools have recently come out of troubled times. Both have recently improving from “special measures” to “good”.

The first interview experience was a dream. Despite it being a being a bitterly cold day in February, the school radiated sunshine. The receptionist smiled as I entered, the head smiled as she entered, I could hear laughter and see happiness on the faces of the students.

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