When considering a Head of Department role, you'll need to ensure that you are an outstanding practitioner. Your primary role will be to lead Learning and Teaching and drive achievement. Head of Department interviews are typically a day long.
I was given some great advice by a former Headteacher; 'pace yourself'. Don't rush into your first Head of Department role. Consider the following questions:
Are you able to LEAD and MANAGE, what's the difference between the two?
Are you able to develop staff and take them with you? Are you prepared to have a difficult conversation and deal with the conflict? If you're not, don't rush!
Tour of the school - Remember you are being judged as soon as your arrive at the school
Teach a lesson - Try to get a list of names and any data in advance. Use student names in the lesson and differentiate your questions. Don't do too much in the lesson! Quality over quantity.
Observe a member of staff and provide feedback - Carry the Ofsted framework and practice observing a lesson on Teachers TV http://www.teachersmedia.co.uk/videos. Have you used the GROW model?
Look it up, observations aren't just about gradings but development aswell!
Even if it's an outstanding lesson you can always have areas for development / targets for example share best practice in the department.
Presentation - Examples: How would you raise standards in the department (Focus on Learning and Teaching, Curriculum, Achievement and Leadership and Management - sound familiar? It's the Ofsted framework!)
Panel Interview - Usual 5 or 6 questions.
I'll add a few questions over the coming weeks