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Interview for the PME in Post-Primary Education Spring 2024

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The interview for the Professional Master of Education (PME) in Post-Primary Education is a unique opportunity to convey why you want to teach and why you are a good fit for our programme. Once your online application has been reviewed and processed, you will be called for an interview. The closing date for applications is 9 February. Submit your application and get your interview scheduled, and you will know if you have a place on the programme. Read on to learn more about the PME in Post-Primary Education interview.   

Remember that teaching is a wonderful career opportunity that requires energy, commitment and enthusiasm; this is what we want to see at your interview. It is your opportunity to convince the panel that you have these essential characteristics to become a teacher. We look forward to meeting you very soon and remember — preparation is key.  

PME in Post-Primary Education Interview

All applicants who have been deemed to have met the entry requirements, submitted a fully completed application form with supporting documentation and paid the application fee will be invited to an interview.  

The PME in Post-Primary Education interview is a 30-minute professional interview. The interview panel consists of two people. The panellists are highly experienced educators, who are either retired or practising teachers.

About the Interview

The interview will be held online via Zoom. It is 30 minutes in duration and will include a presentation. You will be required to present on a topic of interest from the post-primary curriculum in your first subject. This presentation should be no more than three minutes in length, so please ensure you practise in advance and time your presentation. You will be asked to send in your presentation prior to your interview. Remember that the presentation should focus on the teaching and learning of post-primary pupils. It may be useful to target your presentation towards either Junior or Senior Cycle pupils and ensure to state this clearly. You can visit curriculum online to review Junior and Senior Cycle curricula and prepare your topic presentation in advance.   

In the interview, applicants should demonstrate their motivation for wanting to enter the teaching profession. The panel will be interested to know why you are applying to complete the PME with Hibernia College. What do you know about the programme and what aspects of the programme are you excited about?  Become familiar with the Hibernia College website, attend a webinar, and speak to current students and former graduates. Find out more about the course content, school placement, and how the curriculum is delivered and assessed.   

The panel will reference your personal statement, and they will expect you to demonstrate your competency or experience in areas such as communication and interpersonal skills, organisation and planning, motivation to become a teacher, preparation and professionalism, and suitability to teach.    

If you are successful in gaining a place on the programme, you will be taught the skills and knowledge to become a post-primary teacher; the panel does not expect you to have all this knowledge for the interview and prior experience is not mandatory before applying to the programme. However, you should be able to show that you have an interest in education and working with children and reference some experiences that support this. Also, consider the informal experiences that you might have, such as coaching, caring for children and supporting with extracurricular activities. If you do have experience working in a classroom or school, the panel will want to hear about that experience and how you will apply that to the programme.    

Finally, prepare for the interview by practising the answers to questions aloud or in front of the mirror. Ask a family member or friend to do a mock interview with you online.   

If one of your subjects is a Modern Foreign Language (French, Spanish or German) or Gaeilge, part of your interview will be conducted in this language. If you have two languages, questions will be asked in both languages.   

During the interview, the panel will assess your conversational fluency and grammatical accuracy. The interview will consist of a general conversation in relation to you, your interests, the language and education. We do not recommend memorising anything in advance because it limits your ability to communicate effectively with the panel. Practise changes of tense and using a wide range of verbs and vocabulary. Remember to practise speaking the language aloud, in front of a family member or with a friend.   

Interview Tips

The interview is a professional interview, so please make sure that you are prepared, dressed appropriately and have your ID. Make sure you can access the Zoom link well in advance of the interview time. Have some trial Zoom calls with family or friends. Make sure that the interviewers can clearly see and hear you during the interview. Try out the audio options to see what suits your headphones, microphone and so on.   

Have your friends and family tell you how you are presenting on their screens and adjust to ensure you are perfectly visible on screen (Avoid sitting in front of a strong source of light and have a plain and still background.). Find a quiet location for the interview inside. Remember all the usual professional interview tips and take the opportunity to demonstrate the necessary skills required of a teacher, such as listening, eliciting participation and building rapport. The panel will also consider communication skills, such as body language, eye contact and vocal presence during your interview.  

Learn More

If you have any queries about the interview or the documents required to apply, our Enrolment Advisors are here to help. You can schedule a call at a time most convenient for you. If post-primary teaching is your dream, submit your application today

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