Follow proven recommendations and tips from Graduates First, a team of organisational psychologists and recruiters, to get a job with Teach First first time.

Teach First is a social enterprise that is registered as a charity, and which aims to address educational disadvantage in the UK; achieving that by enrolling candidates on an extensive teacher training programmes to give future teachers all the necessary knowledge and skills to make a real difference.

Our step-by-step guide provides you with expert tips for each of the Teach First recruitment process stages, which are as follows:

1. Teach First Online Application

This part of the recruitment process is your first chance to give a good impression and stand out from your competition. The online form will ask you to provide details of your education and any academic results, work experience and may include some motivational and competency-based questions, depending on the business area you apply to. Examples for each of these question types are discussed below.

Throughout the application process you will be assessed against a number of competencies, including:

  • Leadership
  • Problem solving
  • Planning and organising
  • Resilience
  • Interaction
  • Self-evalaution
  • Humility, respect and empathy

The application form is very likely to include some competency-based questions with regards to key Teach First competencies outlined above. These questions could be similar to the examples below:

  • Think of an unconventional problem you have encountered and tell us briefly how the course of action you followed helped to solve it.
  • Think of a time when you took on a leadership role and tell us how you managed to succeed in this role? What difficulties did you encounter and how did you overcome them?
  • What do you believe to be the most important aspect of the teacher training that would help you to excel in your future career?
  • Tell us a about a time when you committed to achieving a goal and ‘went the extra mile’ to deliver results that exceeded expectations? Please tell us the process it involved and the way in which you achieved your results.

It is also very likely that this stage will also include some motivational questions, such as:

  • What is your motivation to work at Teach First?
  • Why do you want to apply for this particular role?

In answering motivational questions, remember to be as precise as possible: refer to unique facts about Teach First that motivate you to work there, such as special awards, CSR projects, etc. When describing why you want to apply for this specific role mention the core skills required for this position and how these match both your previous experiences and personal interests.

2. Teach First Telephone Interview

This is a chance for you to demonstrate your passions and skills that would make you suitable for the role.

It will be competency based (CBI)Think about the projects you have previously worked on, in your professional experiences or education, and think about what your role was, what have you achieved and how you approached any problems.

Telephone Interview Tip #1: Remember, it is important to talk about a variety of experiences so do not get hung up on one job you did in the past.

You should prepare some ideas of examples that you can later use during your interview, and should base these on the most common types of interview questions.

Telephone Interview Tip #2: Prepare and write down a couple of projects or initiatives that you did exceptionally well in. The interviewer will be interested in understanding how you have approached the problem, what analysis you have done, data gathered, insights and actions taken, results achieved and what your role was.

Want to know what questions could come up in your interview? Graduates First can help with the Question Identifier Tool (QIT). You can find it here.

3. Teach First Assessment Centre

The Teach First Assessment centre will be a chance for you to network with professionals working for Teach First and learn more about the company.

The exercises you might be expected to take will very likely be sample lessons – details of which you should receive in the email initiation for the Assessment Centre.

Whenever taking part in presentation exercises, follow the advice at the link below.

Click here to find out more about Presentation Exercises.

This exercise will mainly test your ability to communicate your ideas. Your assessors will be looking at your body language and tone to see how you would cope with delivering professional presentations, taking part in group discussions or explaining your point of view.

It is important that you stand straight, make regular eye contact with everyone in the audience and do not speak too fast.

4. Teach First Final Interviews

This stage of the recruitment process will consist of a one-on-one interview. It will be competency based, and will be a final chance for you to demonstrate your passion, skills and enthusiasm to work for Teach First.

Your interview should last up to 30 minutes. Although it might seem long-winded, remember to refer to specific arguments following the S, T, A, R method: describe the particular situation, the task you were faced with, and what action you took to resolve it, concluding with the result of your work.

At the end of your interview you will be given a chance to ask questions. You must definitely use this opportunity! This is a way of showing that you are interested and motivated, so prepare some thought-provoking and interesting questions beforehand. You can also ask your interviewer about their career path.