Having successfully led teams as a Head of Department or Head of Year you'll need to demonstrate the impact that you made and how this has contributed to the whole school, think big picture!
AHT interviews can take place over two days, below are a list of in-tray activities that I've accumulated. I'll upload links over the coming months.
Data exercise (Typically an anonymous RAISEonline report, 98 pages to summarise into action points in 20 to 30 minutes)
In tray exercise - various scenarios
Observe a lesson and feedback (Ensure you carry the Ofsted framework for teaching in your bag, it can come in use)
Presentation to staff
Gold fish bowl activities (I don't enjoy these. Golden rules: Contribute but don't dominate, get others to be involved and value the opinions of others)
Presentation to Governors (Keep it simple and show them your vision and personality)
Final panel interview (Typically made up of the Head teacher, LA advisor and several governors who may not be teachers, avoid excessive jargon and try the questions below)
Diary from one of my AHT interviews:
Arrived at 8am with 6 other candidates, I knew that I had to teach a lesson and that was it.
We were given a leaver arch file on arrival and a map of the school (We had to make our own way around from one activity to the next).
Activity 1: Lesson
Year 8 had been told their football lesson had been cancelled and they were now in a classroom - Lesson was a car crash, crisis management! Be prepared for the unexpected and if needed, don't be afraid to be assertive. May be I should have been!
Activity 2: Presentation
15 minutes to outline my thoughts on raising achievement
Then 5 minutes to present to a panel, consisting of the Headteacher, a Middle leader and an NQT, followed by probing questions
Summarise a RAISEonline document in 20 minutes with action points, followed by responding to a number of incidents (prioritising each)
Curriculum Panel - Questions on reforms and my thoughts / vision (Ensure you are up-to date, I find using the Key very useful for this)
Role play dealing with an aggressive and irate parent.
Review your performance in a journal (WWW and EBI)
Result: The school wasn't for me and I withdrew. If these were the demands expected from an AHT, I take my hat off to colleagues at the school!
During the day you need to judge whether the school is for you. It's a two way process!
A list of questions that I've accumulated over the years, try them using the STAR (V/L) technique.