FE interview questions are divided into three broad sections:
- Career profile
- Classroom skills and knowledge
- Wider participation, including culture fit.
It is important, when preparing for an FE interview, that you prepare for this wide-spectrum of questions, many of which are very similar those you would be posed at interviews for primary, secondary or HE positions. Below is a plethora of questions gathered from multiple online sources. The questions you come across in interview may be worded differently but will be aiming to uncover similar aspects of your teaching and experience. Make sure you take a moment to think after a question has been asked; be sure you know what they were asking before you respond and don’t be nervous about asking them to repeat themselves.
These questions aim to examine why you have chosen FE and your subject area, as well as establish your qualifications, experience and job suitability.
- Why did you choose FE?
- What made you apply for this role?
- Why are you leaving your current position?
- Are there gender issues in your subject?
- What is the relevance of your previous experience to teaching?
- What do you like about your subject?
- What other subjects could you teach and to what level?
- What are your plans for the future?
- How do you see your subject developing over the next X years?
- What are your strengths and how would you develop them further?
- What are your weak areas and how are you overcoming them?
- How would you like to see your career develop?
- Why are you a good teacher?
- Are there any areas in your professional development that you would like to develop?
- What are the high points of your career so far?
- What differences are there in teaching ________ and ________?
- What experience do you have of teaching _______?
- Do you hold any key responsibilities?
- Why did you become a teacher?
- What do you feel is the highest level of ability you are able to teach?
- If you were offered the post, would you take it?
- If you are not offered the position, would you like feedback?
Classroom skills and knowledge
These questions, along side any presentation or micro-teaching that you will have undertaken, aim to discover what type of teacher you are, and whether you have the skills and knowledge they are looking for. Knowledge of Ofsted and assessment criteria will be useful here.
- How would you seek to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of your students?
- How would you feedback to learners about their progress?
- How would you record student progress?
- How do you deal with disruptive behaviour?
- When planning a lesson, which elements do you ensure are covered within it?
- How do you organise homework?
- What safety factors would you keep in mind when designing a practical lesson?
- How would you embed literacy, numeracy and ICT skills in your subject?
- How would you seek to ensure high levels of motivation in your classroom?
- What are your views on assessment?
- Do you differentiate by outcome or task?
- What teaching strategies would you implement for non-traditional students to ensure student satisfaction, retention and achievement?
- What would you do if a student swore in class?
- How do you utilise resources when creating a scheme of work?
- What steps do you take to accommodate different learning styles and levels of ability in your classroom?
- What are the important things to consider when setting up a classroom?
- How would you structure projects to give equal access to all?
- Why is creativity important when planning lessons?
- How do you build respectful relationships with different types of students?
- What approach do you take to classroom management?
- How would you deal with dissatisfied/ disengaged students?
- What teaching methods have you found most effective for X?
- What resources do you use to deliver the curriculum?
- Give an example of a lesson you felt went particularly well
- Give an example of a lesson you felt went particularly badly and explain how you resolved the situation.
- Describe what classroom management means
Wider participation and culture fit
These questions aim to assess how you will fit in with the organisation and subject team and are as important as the other two sections. This is where you will demonstrate your knowledge of your potential employer, as well as your understanding of the other, less stated aspects of the job spec.
- Are you able to work in the evenings?
- How important is the college/ training provider in the community?
- What are your interests outside work?
- What have been the major events in your life and how have they affected you?
- How would you implement an equal opportunities and inclusive practice policy in your class?
- How would you react if a senior member of staff queried or criticised an aspect of your teaching?
- What words would you use to describe yourself as a teacher?
- Describe your management style
- Have you been involved in any extracurricular activities?
- What are your observations about (name of interviewing organisation)?
- How does our ethos match your own approach to teaching and learning?
- What words would you use to describe yourself?
The ‘why should we hire you?’ question is a big one and you need to make sure you’ve thought about your answer ahead of time.
Good body language is essential (see our article [INSERT LINK HERE]).
If you have time, practice answering these questions and your interview technique with someone else.
Remind yourself of your application form as you think about your answers to these questions and prepare for your interview. Be honest and be yourself.