How to prepare for your Introduction to Secondary Teaching interview

It pays to do your homework!

Here are some tips from our Admissions Team that will help you to prepare for your teacher training interview.


  • Get as much practical experience as you can. This is the best way to show your enthusiasm and commitment. Not only will it give you a true insight into the real world of teaching, it will also give you plenty of material to talk about in the interview.
  • Make sure your references are current and still happy to be contacted.
  • Re-read your application form and personal statement. We will ask you to elaborate on it and it’s vital to be aware of what you have said.
  • Be informed about educational news and current affairs. For example, read the TES and the Learning Wales website in order to prepare.
  • Think about how you can demonstrate a passion for teaching, a passion for learning and a passion for your subject.

Prepare for common questions such as:

  • Why do you want to be a teacher?
  • Why have you applied for this course?
  • Why you have chosen specifically to work with pupils of secondary school age?
  • What experience do you have of working with young people?
  • What do you think are the qualities of a good teacher? Think about how your talents and skills match the qualities needed.
  • What do you know of the roles and responsibilities of a secondary school teacher?
  • Which aspects of your subject are you most passionate about?
  • What current issues in education are of concern to you? 

On the day

  • Dress in smart, comfortable clothes. Remember this is an interview for a professional course.
  • Be on time! Make sure you know where you need to go and arrive with plenty of time to spare.
  • Bring your proof of ID.
  • Take a pen and notepad.
  • You will have an individual interview with course tutors.  

The interview panel will look for the following characteristics:

  • Skills: Do you have the ability to be a teacher?
  • Commitment: Are you fully aware of the demands of the teaching profession and the training process?
  • Communication: Do you speak clearly, appropriately and expressively and have good interpersonal skills?
  • Motivation: How has your experience of life and work led to your decision to teach?
  • Intelligence: Do you have the intellectual skills needed for the course? Do you demonstrate an awareness or knowledge of current educational issues?
  • Subject knowledge for secondary teaching: do you have sufficient subject knowledge at an appropriate level to underpin successful completion of your chosen course of study?


You will be given 15 minutes to take an online numeracy test and 15 minutes to take an online literacy test.