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I have an interview for a new job (teaching reception/ks1) with SMT and governors on tuesday afternoon.
I have looked through the school docs and website in preparation. I can not think of a suitable question to ask the school governors during the interview. Will they feel left out, if I do not have a question for them at the end of the interview. I don't want to exclude them.
shortgalWill they feel left out, if I do not have a question for them at the end of the interview.
Who is being interviewed? You?
In which case, you don't ask questions, you get asked them!
You may, may, be offered the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the interview. But the golden rule is: Don't ask a question just for the sake of asking something, anything. Don't ask a question just to impress. Only ask a question if (a) you really need to know to help you decide whether to accept or not if offered and (b) you haven't managed to find it out before.
You can just say Thank you, but all my queries have been answered already.
They will be delighted. Nothing is worse than, just when you think the interview is over, the candidate pulls out a list of questions, most of which are trivial, the rest s/he could have found out very easily - on the website, for example.
Candidates have been known to lose the job by this.
So don't ask ANYONE a question unless absolutely necessary.
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What Theo says.
And just to emphasise - it sounds to me like you've planned some questions to ask at the end.
I really, really hope these are ones you have to know and that can only be asked during the interview (and not, for example, by reading the school's prospectus or website) or during the course of the day.
If you ask merely for asking's sake - you risk getting on the panel's nerves.
No, I haven't planned to ask questions. I've read lots of information about the school and at the moment I have no questions to ask.
Just wanted thoughts on the matter.
shortgalNo, I haven't planned to ask questions.
Must have re-read your post, sorry.
Something to keep you busy, then, on this sunny Sunday:
First go to the Welcome thread and read the general advice in the Interview clickables.
Do read this thread too :
Safeguarding and Child Protection - the questions, NOT the answers. (Bump it when you've finished reading it). Although not a teaching post, it might well come up.
Well done again on getting your interview - we look forward to you starting a brand new thread called Dear Theo - I got that job!
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