DIGITAL EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT: 2017 RETROSPECTIVE ISSN 2049-9663

10 things to do when you attend an education technology-related interview

A typical interview? By Terry Freedman

A typical interview? By Terry Freedman

Preamble: these are things I’ve found useful, but they are suggestions, not advice.

1.    Read through their website — you might find something interesting you can mention in the interview.

2.    Arrive early, to get the feel of the place, and to browse.

3.    When in the staff room or reception, look at school literature — see point 1.

4.    If given a tour, look at use of ed tech in classrooms. Do you get the feeling that ed tech is integral to the life of the school -- or will that be one of the challenges of the job?

5.    Also, look at the state of keyboards: are they filthy, or are they kept clean?

6.    Look at other equipment as well. Are there broken down computers and printers lying around?

7.    Questions to ask pupils if you get the chance:

  • what’s the ed tech like here?
  • do you get to use it in lessons?
  • what happens when something goes wrong with the technology?
  • what would you like to see regarding the tech?

8. Questions to ask teachers if you get the chance:

  • what’s the ed tech like here?
  • do you use it much in lessons?
  • what happens when something goes wrong with the technology?
  • what would you like to see regarding the tech?

9. Try to find out so much that you don’t need to ask many questions in the interview.

10. Use the interview to show that you understand the school’s ed tech needs, and why you’re the right person for the job.

Further reading:

I've conducted interviews with various people over the years, ranging from Education Secretaries to teenagers. To find some of these, search for 'interview' using the Search link at the top of this website.

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