Top Tips for a Successful Primary Teacher Training Interview

Preparing for a teacher training interview can be a daunting experience. But with the right preparation and mindset, you can feel confident and ready to impress. In this blog post, we'll provide you with our top tips for a successful primary teacher training interview.

  1. Research the Programme
  2. Prepare Answers to Common Interview Questions
  3. Dress and Act Professionally
  4. Demonstrate Your Passion for Teaching
  5. Be Yourself
  6. Follow Up After the Interview

Tip 1: Research the Programme

Before your interview, research the teacher training programme you're applying to. This will show your interviewer that you're genuinely interested in the opportunity and have taken the time to understand what the programme is all about.

Tip 2: Prepare Answers to Common Interview Questions

There are some common interview questions that you're likely to be asked during your teacher training interview. Prepare answers to these questions in advance, and practice delivering them with confidence. Example questions could be:

  • Why did you choose to pursue a career in teaching, and what inspired you to become a primary school teacher?
  • What do you consider to be the most important qualities for a primary school teacher to possess?

Tip 3: Dress and Act Professionally

First impressions count, so it's essential to dress and act professionally during your interview. Dress in formal business attire, arrive on time, and maintain good eye contact throughout the interview.

Tip 4: Demonstrate Your Passion for Teaching

Primary school teaching requires passion and enthusiasm. During your interview, demonstrate your passion for teaching by giving examples of your experience working with children and your desire to make a difference in their lives.

Tip 5: Be Yourself

Be yourself during the interview. Remember, the interviewer wants to get to know you and your personality, as well as your experience and qualifications. So, relax and be yourself!

Tip 6: Follow Up After the Interview

After the interview, send a thank-you email to your interviewer. This is a great opportunity to reiterate your interest in the programme and thank them for their time.


A teacher training interview can be a nerve-wracking experience, but with our top tips, you'll be well-prepared to showcase your skills and impress your interviewer. Remember to research the programme, prepare your answers, dress and act professionally, be yourself, and follow up after the interview. Good luck!

You can find out more about training to become a Primary School Teacher with the Exeter Consortium Initial Teacher Training programmes.