What questions will I be asked at an international school interview?

Do you have an interview coming up? Congratulations! International interviews run in different ways; some will be a straightforward question and answer session, some interviewers will give you scenarios for you to respond to, and some might involve the interviewer talking first and asking you questions at the end of the session. Preparation is essential for all types of interview and we’ve put together some of the most commonly asked questions to help you plan your answers and be well prepared:


  • Why do you want to move overseas?
  • What can you contribute to our school?
  • What challenges are you looking for in this position?
  • Can you give an example of a successful lesson you gave recently – how did you know it was successful?
  • Describe your ideal classroom…
  • How do you cater for students with different abilities and learning styles?
  • Describe any experience you have of working with children and families where English is their second or other language.
  • How do you deal with conflict (related to students, teachers, parents)?
  • What do you know about our school, and how do you think you will fit in with our learning community?
  • How could you contribute to our extra curricula activities programme?
  • How do you plan to help yourself adapt to life in this country?
  • What do you think the main challenges will be for you teaching in a different country?
  • What do you think of your current school and how do you think it could be improved?

Whatever the question, always answer honestly and from your own perspective. Experienced interviewers will immediately recognise a stock answer. It’s also a good idea to come up with a few questions you’d like to ask during the interview. Remember to think carefully about these too, as they will create an impression about you.

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