Getting the most from a job interview

So how can we frame this process into a positive and valuable experience?

A meeting of equals – how you perceive your status in an interview will affect your performance. If you think that the people you are interviewing for are ‘better’ than you or that you are not yet capable of working at their level, you could undermine yourself.

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Consider what skills and talents you have and how they set you apart from the other candidates. Remember; if they’re interviewing for a position, they’re looking for the right person. You are helping in the search and if you’re called to meet with them, you’re already ahead of the majority of applicants!

Treat it as an opportunity

Wherever you are in your career, you can see an interview as an opportunity to practice and demonstrate the profession you love. Rather than seeing it as a test, it’s another platform for you to express your skills with a new group of people, even if you don’t get offered the job.

Especially if you are someone who hasn’t yet secured your first full-time post – what a great chance to do the very thing you’ve trained for?

Ask questions – show you’re interested – No two schools are alike

In the Q&A part of the interview, it shouldn’t be a case of you only answering questions. It could be a dialogue – come prepared with specific questions about that particular school. It might be the place where you spend the next chapter of your life, so you want to know it’s the right place for you.

Think about your ‘must haves’ or ‘would likes’ and have two or three clear questions ready. It could be relating to your work schedule, the school’s development planning over the next few years or which particular challenges that school faces. You must be able to show you have thought about the day to day demands of that school.

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Welcome feedback

Acknowledge that you’re growing – We are always encouraging a growth mindset in our students, but do you treat yourself the same way? No matter how an interview goes, have the courage to ask for feedback – either right there and then or in the days following the result of the interview.

Even if they offer you a job, you can still ask about what strengths or weaknesses they saw; these could become useful talking points at your first performance review. If you are unsuccessful, the feedback can be carried into your next interview as a possible to-do list of improvements so that the next time, you get the job!


About our Community Expert


Paul B

Paul Boyd
Community Expert

Paul is an actor and English teacher from Northern Ireland. Alongside his acting career working in theatre, film and television across the UK, he also teaches in primary and secondary schools throughout London.

Paul provides performance coaching to both individual clients and businesses.

Working with SEND Students: 101

Event description

Are you looking to start or expand your career into supporting students with SEND, or are simply seeking some practical upskilling, then our next CPD workshop ‘Working with SEND students’ is for you.

Join the Opogo consultants and established SEND educators as they help you enhance and establish your knowledge base, prepare you for working SEND students and give you practical strategies to use in the classroom.

By the end of this workshop, you will have all the tools you need to always have a positive impact on your pupils, impress your colleagues and take a step closer to your dream job.


What will be covered?

  • Basic understanding of SEND needs, settings and responsibilities
  • Inclusive language & terminology
  • General safeguarding responsibilities
  • How to “scaffold” work for SEND students
  • What to expect and things to be mindful of in schools
  • Autism awareness and dealing with students on different parts of the spectrum
  • Strategies on keeping SEND students engaged and on task
  • Interactive Q&A session

Who will benefit?

This workshop will be perfect for those who have just started working with SEND students or are looking to or are interested in working in this space.



When will the event take place?



Date: Wednesday 20 March 2019
 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: Room 3A, Opogo, 3rd floor, 15 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 3AR

Click here to book your free place now.