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When you are preparing for a teaching assistant interview, running through some possible interview questions will help your chances of success. You’ll be able to practice answers that will inevitably come up, and you can feel comfortable when you do eventually face the panel. Although there’s no way of knowing what you’ll be asked, there are some topics that are bound to come up.
Remember to draw on practical examples wherever you can, even if you’re not asked to, and focus on the results that your actions achieved. The panel will refer to your CV and application form, so make sure you know it well and you’re prepared to elaborate on it.
Use the SAR technique to answer questions:
S: Situation – describe the situation you were in – give specific examples.
A: Action – describe what you did in the situation. Be very specific about what you did.
R: Result – Describe the results you achieved. What was the effect of your action, why was it successful.
Run through the questions below and see which areas of your interview repertoire need some work. Once you’re confident ask a friend if they’ll stage a mock interview with you.


Suitability for the role:
 Why do you want to be a teaching assistant?
 Why do you think you would be a good teaching assistant?
 What do you think is the role of the teaching assistant?
 Why do you think the role of the teaching assistant is important?
 What can you bring to the role that other candidates may not bring?
 What are your strengths as a teaching assistant?
 What do you think would be the challenges you would face in this role?
The school and staff:
 Why do you want to work at this school?
 Are you familiar with this school? What do you think makes it special?
 What is your impression of the school/organisation?
 Would you be proud to be part of this school? Why?
 Do you find it difficult working alongside older, more experienced staff?

Your experience, skills and personality:
 What’s your experience of working with children?
 Why do you enjoy working with children?
 Can you tell us about a time you successfully worked with a group of children?
 What experience could you bring from previous experiences to your work at this school
 Can you tell us about a time when you effectively worked as part of a team?
 Are you good at organising yourself and other people?
 What do you think you have to offer? Give an example of how children have benefited from contact with you.

Ensuring progress:

 What assessment strategies would you use?
 Is it important to assess learning? Why?
 How do you ensure all children are involved?
 How can we assess what pupils have learnt?
 How you support a pupil who was struggling with a specific task?
 How can we stretch our most gifted and talented learners?
 How can you tell whether children have learnt something during the task they’ve just completed?

Teaching and support teaching:
 How could you support a pupil reading?
 Is it important to assess learning? Why?
 How do you ensure all children are involved?
 Does learning have to be fun?
 How can we try and engage a demotivated pupil?
 What ideas can we try to help a pupil who is struggling compared to their peers?
 How you support a pupil who was struggling with a specific task?
 Do you have specific knowledge in any area e.g. love of maths, second language – if so how could you use it in the classroom?
 What makes a good lesson?
 How can you encourage a reluctant reader?
 Do you have any creative ideas for helping pupils who are struggling with numeracy?

Communication and behaviour management:
 Do you think you would be able to effectively communicate with parents?
 How would you manage conflict with colleagues or parents?
 How would you deal with a pupil who is not co-operating?
 How would you deal with a disruptive child?
 What do you think is the best way to motivate pupils?
 Tell us about a time when you were with a group of children and something went wrong, how did you remedy the situation?
 What would you do if a child complained they were bored?
 Tell us about a time you had to use your own initiative to rescue a difficult situation?
 Bullying is often a serious issue that has to be dealt with in all areas of work with children. In your experience, what is the best way to deal with it?
 A group of pupils are angry and upset following a playground dispute. It’s affecting the lesson, what would you do?

Child protection issues:

 Safeguarding children is an important part of our work. Can you give me same examples of how you would contribute to making the organisation a safer environment for children?
 Tell me about a time when a child or young person behaved in a way that caused you concern. How did you deal with that? Who else did you involve?
 How did your previous organisation tackle child protection?
Career development
 How will you develop yourself as a teaching assistant?
 How would you like to see your career develop?
 Are you prepared to go on courses?

Questions you may ask at the end of the interview:

It is always good to go prepared with some questions you could ask at the end of the interview –
 Does the school encourage Teaching Assistant staff to undergo further training?
 How will my performance be assessed and reviewed?
 What is the most important part of a Teaching Assistant role in this school?
 What are the main things the school wishes to improve and how would I be able to help?
 What is the management structure of the teaching team? Who would I be reporting to each day?


Good Luck !

Published Date: 26th April 2018
Category: Key Stage Supply, Uncategorized