Assistant Director Interview Process

What to expect after submitting an application. Our Recruitment Team have all worked extensively in centres, as Tutors, Assistant Directors and Centre Directors so you’ll always be talking to someone throughout the recruitment process that has done the job that you’ll be doing.

Becoming an Assistant Director

The first step towards becoming an Assistant Director is to apply, and it shouldn’t take too long.  We need to know some basic information from you, and then the application form gives you 2 important questions to really consider, essentially we want to know why it is that you want to work for Explore, and how you think you’ll be able to contribute towards driving a centres performance.

Once you’ve answered these questions you can upload your CV and then sit back and wait to hear from us.  We always take the time and effort to let you know the result of your application, and we’ll always provide you with feedback, at every step of the way.

It’s ideal for us if you’re flexible with things like location and start date, with over 120 centres it’s a bit of a huge jigsaw looking at where we’re opening centres, where people have been promoted to and planning for future internal movement.  But we also understand that you’ll want to be somewhere that you’re happy so we’ll always try our hardest to accommodate that, we can help with relocation loans and advice on where to live if you’re moving and after an initial commitment you should be able to transfer internally if your preferred location becomes available or your circumstances change.

We also offer flexibility with start dates, being able to defer your entry for up to 12 months from your job offer, this means that you can be really proactive and apply nice and early in order to have your job offer secured ready for when you’re able to start work, this should also help us to plan for the future if we know in advance who wants to go where and when!

Telephone Interview

We normally run telephone interviews with a proportion of all candidates, they are normally only about 15-20 minutes long, and scheduled at your convenience, they open up the lines of communication so that we can find out more about you and you have a great chance to pick our brains and ask us any questions that you might have.

Stage One

We hold all of our first round interviews in our centres with one of our brilliant teams.  It gives you a chance to see first-hand the sort of people that you’ll be working with and you can see the centre environment in full swing.  During this interview you should really think about what you want to know more about as well as how best to demonstrate your passion, enthusiasm, drive and ambition.  You’ll talk a bit more about the role, take part in a sales role play, receive immediate feedback and get the chance to see what it’s all about when the kids come in.  You’ll have a go at doing some tutoring yourself and really show off your communication and relationship building skills.

Stage Two

The final stage is to attend one of our assessment days.  We run 2 or 3 a month and they aren’t meant to be scary, we’re all lovely and you’re not in competition with the other candidates for positions.  You’ll all have different location and start date preferences anyway and the day is designed to give you every opportunity to do well and show off your skills to the best of your ability.
The days are run in our Guildford Head Office and you’ll hear back from us afterwards within 3 working days.

The whole process works at your pace, we try to get you through as quickly as possible so from the date that you apply through to the date that you’re offered a job and start with us could be within a month!

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Kickstart your career at a centre near you

Our Locations

We have over 130 centres nationwide and recruit continuously for all locations.


Priority Assistant Director Vacancies

  • West London – Hounslow
  • North London –  Willesden
  • South London – West Wickham
  • Kent -Thanet, Ashford
  • Berkshire – Maidenhead, Slough

Don’t worry if you don’t see your preferred centre here – you will be able to chat to the talent team about your location options when you apply.