If you are applying for a SEN Teaching Assistant role, you need to ensure that you are fully prepared for any questions employers might ask you during your interview. Below we have outlined some common questions, you should prepare yourself for your interview by reading and preparing a response for these and other Teaching Assistant Interview Questions to ensure you are in the best position to ace the interview.
This is possibly the most common SEN teaching assistant interview question. The interviewer wants to see that you have a genuine interest in the role, so when asked this question be sure to show your passion and dedication. There are many great reasons for becoming a SEN teaching assistant such as it being incredibly rewarding, however it is important to add your own experiences in the reply.
This requires a simple answer as you are just talking about yourself and your own experiences with SEN students. It is a good idea to provide examples of the types of SEN pupils you have worked with and show your understanding of the issues that affect pupils with varying educational needs.
This is an opportunity to sell yourself. The interviewer wants to know if you are an ideal fit for the job and if you will bring value to the school. You should talk about all the skills you possess which are crucial for the role, such as excellent communication skills, your ability to handle difficult situations, patience, flexibility and your ability to work cooperatively with others (pupils, parents and teachers)
Often, the pupils you will be working with will have behavioural issues so you will need to know how to deal with this in the classroom. When asked this question, you need to show that you understand the nature of the role and highlight your capability. You could go into detail on what actions you would take if a pupil was being disruptive, or you could give an example of a time you have had to use your behavioural management skills in previous work.
Here you should display your understanding of the role and show that you know what is expected of you. Discuss some situations and demonstrate how you would approach them.
Sometimes pupils are not motivated to learn, this is often the case with SEN pupils as they can feel inadequate which can knock their confidence in the classroom. You can talk about different methods you would use to build motivation and their self-esteem.
Pupils often work more effectively in a positive classroom atmosphere, and when they feel comfortable around the staff. When answering this question, talk about a few ice breaking methods that are useful when developing a trusting relationship with the pupils.