Attending an Interview

If an applicant is requested to attend an interview, the School has identified through the curriculum vitae and covering letter a number of the key characteristics and attributes to carry-out the particular role at Lauriston.

The interview provides an opportunity for both the School and applicant to find out if Lauriston Girls’ School is the right career choice. The interview will provide an opportunity to assess capabilities and ‘fit’ for our School, and you will consider whether the School is the right place for you at this stage of your career.

The following information is provided to assist you in doing as well as possible in your interview so that we can both make the most informed decision possible.

We attempt to make the interview process welcoming and we encourage you to be relaxed, to be yourself, to be well prepared and to have a positive experience.

When you attend an interview at the School, you will meet several members of staff who will be involved as members of an interview panel.

At the interview, you will be asked a series of specific questions that will enable you to demonstrate your achievements, capabilities and competencies. Therefore, it is important that you are well prepared for the interview.

We are interested in well-rounded people who have a mix of skills and abilities. We will ask questions about things that you have done in the past that best illustrate your skills and practices. We will ask questions that enable you to tell us about your ability to work as part of a team; to work in a dynamic environment; to demonstrate your capabilities; to make a positive impact on the learning outcomes of our students.

For example, we may ask you to tell us about specific achievements of which you are most proud. We may ask you to tell us how you collaborate with your colleagues or team members. We may ask you specific questions about curriculum, teaching practices or digital technologies.

In accordance with Child Safety Standards, we will provide you with a copy of our Code of Conduct and Child Safe Policy prior to the interview. We will ask you questions about your understanding of professional boundaries and child-related work experiences.

We expect you to have read about the School and its Mission, Vision and Values; and to be able to tell us how your values accord with ours. We would encourage you to ask any questions that you may have during the meeting about the School or about the specific requirements of the role.

Prior to any appointment, we will undertake reference checks. One of those referees must be your current or most recent employer and one must be your direct supervisor.  It will be necessary for at least one referee to have directly supervised you and observed your work with children, where this is applicable. Your referees will be asked whether there were any concerns with you working directly with children. We may also conduct a Police Check.

You will need to bring the following items to the interview:

  • Original transcripts of professional/tertiary qualifications
  • Original VIT or Working with Children documentation
  • Original Passport and Drivers Licence