Interview Tips

Dress:

Don’t go out and buy a suit, especially for an interview, but make sure you are dressed as smartly as possible (i.e., no jeans or trainers). You should wear comfortable, smart shoes too, as you don’t know how long you’ll be on your feet. Schools are professional environments, so it is better to be too smart than too casual.

Arrival:

  • Plan your route early, especially if relying on public transport.
  • Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes before the stated time
  • Turn off your phone
  • Use breathing techniques to calm yourself - try to remember, a few nerves are normal
  • Smile and greet the receptionist with confidence
  • Ask for some water if you need it
  • If you are running late or unable to attend for any reason – call the school as soon as possible to let them know

What to take:

  • A pen and pocket-sized notebook
  • Academic certificates if requested
  • Photo ID
  • Breath mints – not gum! (there’s nothing worse than worrying about your breath or getting a dry mouth when you need to speak!)
  • A bottle of water
  • Money for transport or food

The Interview:

  • Give a firm handshake to your interviewers before and after the interview.
  • Be polite and professional with anyone you meet before, during, or after the interview.
  • Once you’re seated, sit naturally without slouching in the chair or leaning on the desk.
  • Respond to questions with positive statements and be enthusiastic about the job.
  • Avoid bad-mouthing your previous employers
  • Remember to smile frequently and maintain eye contact evenly with all the panel.
  • Answer all questions clearly and concisely. Reference your most relevant skills, experiences, and achievements.
  • It is acceptable to pause before answering a difficult question to give yourself thinking time.
  • Always ask for clarification if you’re unsure what a question means.

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