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Teacher Training Interview

Teacher Training Interviews

Many training providers invite candidates to a selection day, which usually consists of a number of activities and an interview. We've compiled information and resources to help you prepare.

targetjobs: What to expect from the teacher training interview and selection day provides a useful overview of the different elements of a selection day.

Preparing for the interview

Before your interview, or selection day, you will need to make sure you have done some research on the education sector, including on the latest government legislation, the national curriculum and current topical issues that could impact on the classroom.

The following resources will help with this research:

You should also spend time reflecting on:

  • your relevant work experience, especially in a school
  • conversations with teachers
  • the personal qualities and characteristics that effective teachers display
  • why teaching appeals to you
  • what you can bring to the profession in terms of skills and personal qualities 

The interview process

The process may include a number of activities, such as an interview, written or online tests, a presentation or mini-lesson, a group exercise and interactions with staff and pupils. 


The interview will normally be a panel interview consisting of two or more people and will usually last from 20 minutes to an hour. Interview questions are likely to be based on:

  • career motivation
  • self awareness
  • your academic record
  • relevant work experience
  • knowledge of the course/school
  • educational issues
  • classroom management

See our resource Teacher Training Interview Questions (PDF: 180KB) for more information. 

The following websites contain interview advice and examples of typical interview questions:


As well as an individual interview you may also be asked to deliver a presentation on a prepared topic or deliver a 10-15 minute mini lesson. You’ll usually be given the topic or some guidelines beforehand. 

You may be asked to spend some time with pupils - often an informal chat, a Q&A session or in the classroom. 

You might also have to participate in a group activity with other applicants. These are designed to assess your:

  • communication skills
  • teamwork and negotiation skills
  • ability to think creatively
  • knowledge about education issues

Some training providers will test your English and maths during the interview. ICT tests may also be included. 

After the interview

If you are not offered a place after the interview, ask for feedback so you can find out how to address any skills gaps, or improve your interview/selection day performance. If you are unsuccessful through Apply 1, you can apply through Apply 2 when that opens or in the following year.  

More help

If you need help preparing for your interview, come and talk to us