Possible Interview Questions for ICT Teaching Jobs

A compilation of frequently asked questions useful for a teaching job. Whether you are a student teacher looking for a first appointment, or a teacher brushing up on interview technique, preparing answers to these questions will help you get that job.

Personal/warm-up questions
  • Why did you become a teacher?
  • Can you tell me a little about yourself, your interests etc?
  • What special qualities can you offer?
Questions about your classroom
  • What do you think are the key things that make a good classroom teacher?
  • What do you consider to be good classroom management skills?
  • How do you organise your classroom?
  • How would you organise/manage your class?
  • What teaching methods do you use?
  • Would you use group or class teaching?
  • How do you view your role when children are working in groups?
  • How do you plan for your teaching?
  • Talk me through your ideal classroom
  • Do you see whole class teaching in a chalk and talk format being a part of the school in the future?
  • How would you feel about working in conjunction with a parallel class teacher?
  • How do you assess if children are learning?
  • How do you use curriculum based assessment to assist you in future planning?
  • Tell me about your system of record keeping
  • How do you feed back to children about their progress?
  • How do you decide which children’s work to display?
  • What would you do if you had a child who wasn’t motivated/interested in learning?
  • How do you help children with special needs?
  • Tell me about your experience and achievements of teaching pupils with special needs
  • How would you help a child experiencing difficulty in reading?
  • How would you implement an equal opportunities policy in your class?
  • How do you integrate your class with the school as a whole?
  • What are your feelings about sharing classes for specialist subjects – teaching your specialist subject to another class, whilst their teacher takes your class in one of your (perhaps) weaker subjects?
  • How do you organise the school day?
  • How would you feel about teaching to a rigid, structured timetable?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Tell me about your best lesson.
  • Tell me about your worst lesson.
  • How would you react if a senior member of staff queried or criticised some aspect of your teaching?
  • How do you manage discipline in the classroom?
  • How do you deal with disruptive behaviour?
  • You’re setting up a reward system – how would you go about it?
  • What do you think about homework?
  • Have you a preference for upper or lower junior age range? Why?
  • Could you see a problem with teaching a faith that was not your own?
  • Will you take assemblies?
  • How would you deal with more able students?
  • How you do motivate children to achieve in your class?
  • Give me an example of how you have used differentiation
  • What would you say/do if a student came to you and said "can I tell you something in secret"
  • How do you think that the five learning outcomes of Every Child Matters apply to ICT?
Extra-curricular activities
  • What can you offer the school in terms of extra-curricular activities?
  • Do you feel that extra-curricular activities are important? Why?
Parents/wider community
  • In what ways can parents help schools?
  • How do you feel about parent helpers in the classroom?
  • How would you make use of a parent helper in your classroom?
  • How would you react if you heard a rumour from the school gate, possibly generated by a parent helper, criticising your ability as a teacher, because, for example, only half the class were at the expected level in the reading scheme & several children were way behind?
  • Do you think the role of the PTA is important?
  • How important do you think school is in the community?
  • What part do governors play?
  • Do you think liaison with other schools is important?
Subject specialism
  • What importance do you place on ICT in the curriculum?
  • As a subject coordinator, what would be your first plan of action upon starting work?
  • What, do you feel, are the important skills an (ICT etc) coordinator should possess?
  • How would you help other staff members to overcome their difficulties/reluctance using computers in the classroom?
  • Do you see the teaching of ICT as a separate subject or can it be integrated?
  • What are your curriculum interests?
  • What are the advantages/disadvantages of ICT in a integrated curriculum?
  • Are you willing to take responsibility for areas that aren’t necessarily in your specialism?
  • What makes a good Scheme of Work?
School linked questions
  • What can you offer a good school?
  • What are the advantages/disadvantages of working in a school of this type?
  • Why this job? / why this school?
  • How long would you stay?
  • What experience have you had as working as part of a team?
  • What challenges would you expect to encounter entering a new school and the skills you have to help you do so?
  • What personal qualities do you possess which are important to work as part of a team?
  • What would you do if you disagreed with a departmental policy?
  • Who do you regard as the school community?
Closing questions
  • Have you anything else you would like to tell us?
  • Is there anything you would like to ask us?

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