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Interviews: Assistant and Deputy Heads

Recruit and retain the right assistant head or deputy head with these comprehensive interview resources.

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Assistant and Deputy Headteacher Interview Pack

Looking to recruit a new assistant or deputy headteacher? Whether you’re wondering how to prepare for the recruitment, selection and interview process or want to ensure you have all of the documentation at hand, this Assistant and Deputy Headteacher Interview Pack can support you throughout the process.

Your key interview questions answered

What should I consider before starting to recruit for an AHT or DHT vacancy?

There are many elements that should be considered before beginning to recruit for a vacancy and you may wish to delegate some tasks too. These include:

  • Selecting who will be involved in the recruitment process

  • Creating the application package that is attractive to candidates

  • Advertising the position

  • Checking legal requirements

What is a recruitment timeline?

A recruitment timeline is a planned schedule or timeline that outlines the key milestones and activities involved in the recruitment process. It provides a structured framework for the entire recruitment process, from advertising the vacancy to making a final hiring decision. The timeline serves as a guide to ensure that each stage of the process is completed within specific timeframes, allowing for efficient and effective recruitment.


A typical recruitment timeline may include the following stages:

  • Job advert creation

  • Job advertisement period

  • Application deadline

  • Application screening

  • Shortlisting

  • Pre-interview and reference checks

  • Interviews

  • Reference checks (if not sought before interview) and background verification

  • Decision and offer

  • Induction

How can I decide what to include in the person specification when looking for an assistant or deputy head?

When determining what to include in the person specification for an assistant or deputy headteacher role, you’ll want to ensure you capture the essential qualities and attributes needed for the position.

You may wish to consider including:

  • Leadership experience

  • Teaching experience

  • Qualifications and training

  • Strategic vision and planning

  • Strong communication skills

  • Teamwork and collaboration

  • Emotional intelligence and empathy

  • Decision-making and problem-solving

  • Resilience and adaptability

  • Commitment to professional development

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