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Tips to Survive Your Interview Nerves

Ever got nervous before an interview? Most of us definitely have. Stephen gives his advice on what you can do to make those nerves work for you. 

I used to get very nervous before interviews and often found that I was literally talking myself out of a job. The more I wanted the job the worse the nerves got and the more I found myself babbling on. I literally could not stop myself from talking. I knew that I should keep my answers to questions short and succinct. If asked to elaborate or give examples then you can do so but keep to the point.

Now I have been supply teaching for 10 years now and I very rarely suffer from nerves. It is important to remember that interviewers themselves are often nervous and if you appear anxious then everyone can feel uncomfortable. The best interviewers will always try and make you feel at ease. If you find that your interviewer is inexperienced or awkward then its not your fault, just try to relax and remain calm and friendly.

The fact that you have been given an interview means that the school is interested in employing you and they want you to confirm their opinion that you are suitable. If they then choose not to employ you consider that their loss and you move on.

You are obviously interested in the position otherwise you wouldn’t have made the effort to turn up for the interview. Use the interview to find out as much as you can about the school and the role you are being recruited for. Remember to prepare a few questions so that you can find out if the role suits you and by asking these questions you will appear keen and enthusiastic.

Try to be open minded and flexible. My first subject is ICT but I once taught a term in school where my timetable was split 50:50 between ICT and drama. It was a challenge and I was definitely outside my comfort zone, but it was character building.

Remember that if you are not offered a position there will always be another school needing cover. I always bear this in mind and the fact that daily supply is always an option means that there is no need to fret over a job you didn’t get . Experience has taught me that you never know how long a supply position will last. I went to one school for a couple of days cover and stayed for over a year! There was no interview involved, just straight into the classroom teaching.

The best advice for any interview situation is to be confident and outgoing. Be honest and play to your strengths. If asked about your weaknesses think of a situation that you would have handled differently. Hindsight is a always wonderful thing and you can always think of something you would do better given the opportunity to do it again.

Stephen has recently joined our blogging team and we look forward to hearing more from him. If you have thought about becoming a blogger get in touch by emailing Megan ( for more information.

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