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Q1. Tell me about yourself and the skills and qualities you possess that will make you a good Teaching Assistant?

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“I am a professional, studious and supportive employee who always works hard to achieve the daily tasks and duties that are put in front of me. I am very passionate about education and have been working towards becoming a Teaching Assistant for a number of years now. In order to prepare for the role, I have studied hard and assessed the person specification in detail to make sure I have the skills and attributes needed to meet the minimum standards required. I believe I would make a great Teaching Assistant because I am patient, I would be fully supportive of the teacher or teachers I am assisting, I am a strong planner and organizer, a dedicated worker and would always put the education of the pupils and students I am involved with at the heart of everything I do. I feel confident that, if you employ me as your Teaching Assistant you will be impressed with my caring and enthusiastic nature and also my strong work ethics and values.”

Q2. Why do you want to become a Teaching Assistant?

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“I want to become a Teaching Assistant for three specific reasons. Firstly, I want to work in the type of role where I get to make a positive difference to people’s daily lives. As a Teaching Assistant, I will get to see the impact of my work through supporting the teacher in their aim in providing exceptional education and development. Secondly, I do not want to work in the type of role where I am sat behind a desk performing monotonous duties. Whilst I appreciate there will be repetitive duties to carry out as a Teaching Assistant, I like the fact I would get to be creative in helping the teacher develop and deliver interesting and informative lesson plans. Finally, I prefer to work in the type of environment where I get the opportunity to grow, improve and develop whilst learning from others. The Teaching Assistant position ticks a lot of boxes for me and it is something I plan to do for a long period of time, if I am successful.”

Q3. What do you think your duties will include as a Teaching Assistant (TA)?
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Q4. Why do you want to work for our school as a Teaching Assistant?
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Q5. What steps would you take to support the teacher in the creation and delivery of their lesson plans?
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Q6. Are you a good organizer? If so, how would you organize your workload as a Teaching Assistant?
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Q7. What would you do if a pupil or student complained they were bored?
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Q8. What makes an outstanding lesson?
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Q9. As a Teaching Assistant, what would be your approach to behavioral management?
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Q10. In your opinion, what makes an effective teaching style?
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Q11. We are interviewing lots of people for this Teaching Assistant position. What makes you stand out from the other applicants?
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Q12. What’s your biggest weaknesses?
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Q13. As a Teaching Assistant, how would you cope with the pressures of modern-day teaching?
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Q14. Tell me about a teaching lesson you were involved in that didn’t go well and what you learned from it?
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Q15. What are the advantages of proper lesson planning?
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Q16. What are the basic features of a lesson plan?
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Q17. How are you at time management?
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Q18. Explain a situation you were in when you had to help deal with a particularly difficult or challenging pupil or student?
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Q19. Being a Teaching Assistant requires a flexible attitude and approach to work. Describe a situation you were in previously where you demonstrated flexibility?
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Q20. Describe a time when you listened to feedback or criticism from someone else more senior than you?
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Q21. Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
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Q22. That’s the end of your Teaching Assistant interview. Do you have any questions you would like to ask the panel?
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Teaching Assistant Job Description and Key Duties


As a Teaching Assistant, you will be required to support the lead teacher in his or her duties whilst teaching the relevant educational curriculum in line with the school’s policies and procedures. The role requires an ability to assist in the creation of lesson plans, monitor and record student progress, motivate and inspire individuals to be the best they can be, and also responding to the needs of the teacher on a daily basis in support of their duties.

Main responsibilities and duties of a Teaching Assistant

  • Assist in the creation and development of lesson plans;
  • Organize teaching resources and aids to assist the teacher in the delivery of lessons;
  • Ensuring lesson plans and materials are kept up-to-date to reflect the lesson plan and the educational curriculum;
  • Maintain and monitor the classroom schedule;
  • Assist in overseeing students and pupils during classroom studies and lessons;
  • Monitor and review the performance of students to ensure they are fully prepared for their end of term examinations;
  • Work alongside teachers to respond to any student/pupil behavioural issues that are identified;
  • Ensure all students are engaged with the lesson and are contributing positively through asking relevant questions and participating in classroom debates;
  • Comply with school policies, procedures and all applicable codes of conduct;
  • Attend all parent’s evenings and conferences to support the main teacher in his/her duties;
  • Maintain your own professional competence and take responsibility for keeping up-to-date with educational developments.

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TIP #1 – The main function of the Teaching Assistant role is to provide ongoing support to the lead teacher. On that basis, during your interview preparation, make sure you have clear details ready of how you intend to support the teacher whilst creating and organizing lesson plans and also during the delivery of the lesson itself.

TIP #2 – An understanding of what a lesson plan is, and more importantly, the different elements that go to create it, will be an advantage. It is vitally important that the school or educational establishment you are being interviewed for meets the high expectations and standards of the relevant educational authority for the jurisdiction it falls under. The only way a school will achieve a good or outstanding status is through brilliant teaching, and the lesson plan forms a vital aspect in being able to deliver high-quality lessons.

TIP #3 – If you are unable to plan and organize your day effectively then you will never be able to perform to the standards needed as a Teaching Assistant. Prior to your interview, consider carefully the steps you will take to organize all work required of this role, and in particular, how you intend to meet the harsh demands and challenges of working within the educational sector.

TIP #4 – Undoubtedly, your interpersonal skills will play a huge part in you getting accepted for the role of Teaching Assistant. Remember, you are solely there to support the lead teacher in the delivery of their duties and there is no place for disagreements or conflict within the role. During your interview, be positive in everything you say and do, and come across as someone who is easy to work with and also someone who will go out of their way to support the teacher in their role. If the lead teacher feels they will be able to perform their work with the minimum of fuss and undue stress, you are far more likely to be successful and land the job of a Teaching Assistant.

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