9. Ask questions
Most interviewers will ask you at the end if you have any questions. Make sure you have at least 3 ready to ask. If doesn’t matter if you have researched this school, this interviewer, and the country and already know everything. If the interviewer asks you for questions, you should ask something! If not, it seems that you are not really interested.
Initially focus your questions on the role, the school, the style of the leadership team or your immediate boss. It’s useful to find out what kind of place is this. Will you enjoy it there?
In the first interview, avoid asking questions about benefits or other allowances. Most of these are already available on the school’s profile that you’ve reviewed. You can find out any missing details later. For now, you want the school to really want to hire you and to understand your motivation and teaching passions. They don’t, initially, want to debate whether the summer holiday is 6 or 7 weeks long.
However, it is reasonable to ask a final question, ‘What happens next in the process?’ Use this, or some variation on it to find out when you might hear back from them, and potentially find out how many other candidates they are talking to. When are they hoping to make a decision about this role? What other steps will be involved (how many interviews)?
10. Say thank you
Easy and obvious, but thank them for their time.