Preparing for senior leadership: what to expect in an interview

Know how to impress at every stage of your senior leadership interview with top tips from our recruitment experts. Plan answers to our sample interview questions, and find out how to tweak your preparations if you'll be attending the interview remotely.

Last reviewed on 4 November 2020
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  1. Do your research 
  2. Reflect on how your experience fits the role  
  3. Download our sample interview questions to help you prepare
  4. Know how to impress at every stage of the process 
  5. Coronavirus: top tips for a remote interview 

We’d like to thank Tony Cook, Christine Megson and David Birch, our associate recruitment experts, for their contributions to this article. 

Do your research 

You’ll need to demonstrate that you’ve found out more about the school between submitting your application and attending your interview. 

They’ll likely ask you about the school’s priorities  

Scrutinise their school improvement plan (SIP), self-evaluation framework (SEF), and any other development plans and priorities for the year.    

Prepare to comment broadly and critically on these. Think about: 

  • Which areas relate directly to the role you're applying for 
  • If there's anything missing and if so, how you can demonstrate that you can help them fill the gap 

However, be sensitive when approaching topics such as poor results - you want to show that you can be part of the solution. 

Learn what the school stands for, and plan how you can clearly embody these principles at