When I got my first teaching job, after training, I had just one interview at one school. I didn't look at other schools, I'd only ever taught in 2 schools and this was to be the third. I knew the people, the head and I'd even had a few tutoring and food tech assistant jobs there. When I was interviewed I was on crutches, having dislocated my knee the night before (dedication or what). I gave what I considered to be great answers to the questions both students and staff asked. One I remember was the student panel asking me the riskiest thing i'd ever done, I later found out another interviewee had said ”jumping off really high Cliff”, my answers (and yes I'm proud of this) was choosing to teach the subject I loved, maths, even though I had a biology degree and it would mean a lot of hard work. I'm telling you this because that is the main thing I remember from the interview. Sure, the staff panel discussed behaviour and teaching ethos, I answered honestly and to the best of my ability, then came the last question: “do you have any questions for us”.
I had been taught at college, while applying for universities, that this is the single most important question, for you and for the interviewer. If you don't have any questions, I was told, it is akin to not caring or not bothering to find out anything about the school or University. So more often than not I would ask a question I already knew the answer to or didn't care about the answer to. I think in the example above I asked what the behaviour policy was in the school versus the department.
2 years later and I was having a phone interview for my newly acquired job, the same question came up, but this time I hadn't prepared for it at all. Turns out I had a lot of questions. You see I've learnt a lot about what is important to me as a teacher now and as a person. So I thought I'd share the questions I asked:
As a side note, upon filling out the occupational health form, for the first time I had to declare that I had indeed suffered from and been treated for anxiety and depression. I think I got just a taste of how it feels to have to disclose an illness, and let's just say I didn't like it. The thought that I might be treated differently because of it, or have it used against me at some random time. I'm pretty sure that's not possible but there will always be that niggling doubt.
I'm still not ready to put my feelings about having this new job and my traveling coming to an end down in solid words yet, but rest assured it's coming.
Please feel free to comment or message me on Twitter any questions I haven't included that you feel to be important to you.