Personal suitability interview

Another important step in our teacher approval process is the personal suitability interview.


The interview will assess your personal suitability to teach in NSW public schools, your attitudes and ideas on teaching. Topics to be covered at interview include teaching strategies, classroom management, student welfare and curriculum issues.

You will be asked questions to determine your competence in relation to professional teaching standards – visit the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards site for more information.

The interview will be conducted by a senior officer of the Department. The interview will take approximately 30 minutes.

At the end of the interview, you can ask any questions that you have about teaching in NSW public schools. The interviewing officer will be able to tell you about organisations that provide courses or relevant information and explain employment opportunities within the Department. 

If you are a Sydney resident, your interview will take place at the Staffing Services Directorate located on 22 Main Street, Blacktown, across the railway station.

Interviews for people living outside metropolitan Sydney are conducted in various regional centres.

When you attend your interview, you will need to bring photo identification, such as a current driver's licence or passport.

Preparing for your interview

To prepare for your interview, you should think about your teaching experiences and write down your views on teaching to clarify your thoughts. Learn more about our public schools, the professional conduct and responsibilities of teachers, and our child protection and code of conduct policies.

If you are a secondary teacher, you should read and/or download the syllabus relevant to your area of teaching from the Board of Studies website.

You could also look at the HSC Online site if you anticipate teaching senior students in Years 11 or 12.

If you are a primary teacher, you will be expected to be familiar with the syllabuses in the primary curriculum.


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