TA and HLTA: interview questions and tasks

Use these questions and tasks, along with what to look for in responses, to help you select the best person for a teaching assistant (TA) or higher level teaching assistant (HLTA) position.

Last reviewed on 10 November 2021
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  1. Download our interview questions
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Download our interview questions

Use and adapt this template record sheet when interviewing for a teaching assistant (TA) or higher level teaching assistant (HLTA) post. It contains: 

  • Questions to ask and what to look for in responses 
  • Space to record candidate's responses and score evidence

Adapt it to your school's context and the role

It's not intended to be prescriptive or to give an exhaustive list of questions. Personalise it and add questions specific to: 

  • The role you're recruiting for
  • Your own setting
  • Any issues your school is facing  

Make sure your questions are appropriate to the level of the particular post. 

We created the document with the help of our associate education experts David Roche, Jeremy Bird, Nina Siddall-Ward and Tony Cook, and education consultant Yvonne Lloyd. 

Download the tasks below and choose the one that's most appropriate