Interviews – Avoid Doing This

You’ve got an interview, hooray! Naturally you’re probably feeling super excited, but those feelings of excitement will most likely turn you into a big bag of nerves the morning you wake up and head on over to your interview (sorry to be the bearer of bad news). That is pretty normal though, I mean you have been on that dreaded job hunt for a while now, so you need to make sure that you nail this interview.

Just don’t forget that you are qualified for the job otherwise you would not have received that invitation to interview, right? Now it’s just time to make a pretty perfect impression. So try not to let your nerves get the best of you and follow our guide on what to avoid doing when it comes to your interview day and fingers crossed you’ll be in that dream job.


Don’t arrive late or too early to your interview.

Arriving late is a big no-no. If this is the job you’ve been lusting over for a while, then do everything you can in your power to make sure you are not late. Believe it or not, being too early can be somewhat off putting for a recruiter too. They will most likely have a scheduled day with a million and one things to do so try not to arrive more than 10-15 minutes before. If you’re super early for your interview, why not scope out the area and grab a coffee in the area to calm those nerves? Bliss.


Don’t talk negatively about your previous job or the colleagues in your interview.

This one might sound like we’re pointing out the absolute obvious. But often when somebody is nervous it is common to over talk and perhaps give out too much information. Just try to make sure this doesn’t include discussing negative attributes about previous jobs or any colleagues – being a team player is a huge aspect of most roles. So perhaps keep it to yourself that in your last job Susan kept stealing your milk from the fridge.


Don’t keep checking your phone or watch throughout your interview.

This is something people can do without even knowing that they are doing – talk about an accidental general habit. However, in an interview restrain yourself from doing this at all. If need be, don’t wear a watch and turn your phone off. You may be doing these things in the most innocent possible way, but it can be a pet hate for the interviewer. Make sure that you focus all your attention on the interview.


Don’t eat or drink through your interview.

You may have had a cheeky piece of gum just before your interview but make sure you’re not too distracted to get rid of it before you begin! It may be somewhat comforting to chew gum when you’re nervous but in an interview it has a negative impact. Your interviewer may offer you a drink and of course accept it, but turning up with a Starbucks doesn’t give the greatest impression and your interviewew may get slightly jealous too (woops)!

Although these may seem like real obvious things to avoid, nerves can often make them common actions within an interview. Don’t forget though that nerves are completely normal! If anything – they show how much you care for the role. If you have any other advice on what to avoid doing in interviews then please comment in the box bellow or tweet us over at @StaffroomEd.

Supply Teaching – An Insight!

We thought it would be a lovely idea to catch up with one the lovely folk signed up to our agency and let you get a teeny bit of an insight into what it’s like to do supply teaching. The purpose? Just in case you’re a bit confused as to whether supply teaching is what you want to do, we are hoping that this insight helps you to find your feet!

Drumroll please – say hello to Jennifer! Jennifer is from Ireland living in Cardiff working her way up to that teaching dream and supply teaching until she gets there. She’s only been signed up to Staffroom for a few weeks, so we promised to take it easy on her and not ask her too many intense questions for this inside scoop (we’re nice like that you see and it would be a shame to scare her off so soon). So sit back, pop the kettle on and we hope this settles your worries about supply teaching!


What is your favourite thing about being signed up to our agency to do supply teaching?

The staff are very friendly, how quick the sign up process was and time to receive work, it was brilliant!

What is your teaching background and experience?

This year, I did a five week placement in a Primary School working with children aged 5 to 13 years, I was a teaching assistant and worked with an Educational Psychologist to assist children who were struggling in a large classroom setting. It was really enjoyable and I learnt a lot. I have also been a swimming teacher for over seven years working with children from mixed ability levels, a lot of the children I worked with had physical disabilities. I have complete my Irish and UK Safeguarding of Children Course, I also have a Level One Swimming Teaching Certificate.

Do you have any teaching specific qualifications?

I have complete my Irish and UK Safeguarding of Children Course, I also have a Level One  Swimming Teaching Certificate.

What made you realise that teaching was the route that you wanted to go down?

I have always worked with children from a young age, I loved assisting children who were a little weaker and struggling to reach their full potential. During my Masters in Psychology, one placement I was on was in a school setting and I really enjoyed the atmosphere and how friendly it was. When working with children, it is nice to see their progress and how excited they are to learn and be given a chance. From these experiences, this sparked my interest to see how I could cope and deal with children in a school setting.

What are your likes and dislikes about being in the classroom?

My likes are being in an educational environment, at times I feel I am learning just as much as the children and that is important as not one class is boring nor repetitive. It is always interesting and in the school I am working in this moment I work in classroom settings with Year 7s to Year 10s, it is different every day and every child I work with has different abilities.

My dislikes would be sometimes it may be feel like I am doing little to help the children however sometimes simply sitting with the children and offering emotional support is better than telling them what to do or giving orders.

Do you find temporary supply teaching positions a struggle? Or do you think that they work well with your lifestyle?

No I don’t find them a struggle, right now I am at a crossroads with where I want to take my career and this is an ideal temporary position to give me some extra time to decide.

If you weren’t teaching right now, what else would you be doing?

I think I would be still thinking about where I want to take my career in psychology by doing volunteering work at home or working as a Swim Teacher.

What is your favourite thing about being signed up to our agency?

My favourite thing would be the time from when you sign up to the time you start work, it only took one day between sign up and being out working for me. It was amazing. Likewise, I appreciate how mid week availability is confirmed through email for the following week, it not a last minute Monday where they call you and let you know about work for the week. Jess and everyone are so friendly and helpful, it really is an efficiently and professionally run company.

What advice could you give to anybody hoping to get into teaching?

Be careful what company you sign up to within the educational field as so many will promise you work and then you will be left with nothing, Staffroom are not as well known as the others but yet with all four companies I had signed up to they had me in work the quickest. Likewise, they matched me to a very good school which met my requirements and was exactly what I was looking for. Be clear what you are looking for within schools, know where you want to work and don’t be afraid to say no.


We hope you found this insight helpful! If you do however have any other questions about supply teaching then don’t hesitate about asking. You can drop a comment down below, email us at or tweet us @staffroomeducation!

Competition Time






Everybody loves a competition, especially when it involves winning loads of chocolate! All you have to do is give our Facebook page a ‘like’ and share the post that features this competition! We will announce the winner on the 18th of December – so you’ll have the chocolate ready in time for Christmas day!

May the best person win the competition!

Maths Teacher – Cardiff

If you are a passionate and professional Teacher of Mathematics this role offers excellent professional development opportunities. Staffroom Education are currently looking to fill a short term vacancy in a high school in the Cardiff area. This full-time position will be covering maths to different ages and the successful candidate must be committed to making a contribution to the school beyond the classroom.

The following gives you an idea of what you can expect in this role:

  • Be able to teach across the age and ability range
  • Use a variety of different teaching strategies in the classroom
  • Have a strategic vision for the development of mathematics teaching
  • Inspire students to be passionate about mathematics
  • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health and safety, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person;

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Science Lab Technician – Newport

Staffroom Education are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Science Lab Technician to work within a secondary school in Newport. The ideal candidate will be reporting to the Head of the Science Department and you will work alongside the Teachers within a classroom environment.


  • Providing technical and administrative support;
  • Ensuring the teacher has everything required to deliver the lesson;
  • Create and prepare resources;
  • Assist pupils during the lessons;
  • Maintain and monitor stock control;
  • To maintain Science equipment in accordance with health and safety requirements.

The successful candidate must have experience in a Science environment as well as an understanding and knowledge of Health and Safety protocols. The key tasks are to support lesson preparation and implementation across the department, together with relevant administration duties related to course-work and department issues.


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