Tutor interview process
Welcome to the Explore Learning tutor interview process!
We’re thrilled that you have chosen to apply to become one of our inspirational tutors.
Below, you’ll find some information about what to expect during your journey to job offer.
How will you be assessed?
Maths and English Assessment
Demonstrate your current knowledge base in these core subjects in a 20 minute test and show us you have a good grasp of the Curriculum.
Pre-recorded video interview
You’ve passed the test, and shown your passion in your application! Next up – you’ll be provided with a link to complete a series of short videos, for a chance to show us what kind of tutor you will be.
Live virtual interview
Hosted by a member of the recruitment team, this final interview is an opportunity for us to assess your strengths and initiative through a series of scenario questions; you’ll step into the shoes of an Explore Learning tutor and demonstrate that you have what it takes to bring our education to life!
Why do we interview you in this way?
Our tutors are unique, each bringing something different to every family they work with. We all share the passion to nurture, support and inspire children in their education and beyond.
We’ve designed a recruitment process to allow you to show your individuality, as well as to assess where your passion to work with children comes from, and how you will help us make an impact to children across the UK.
Showcase your academic abilities
As a tutor, you’ll be responsible for teaching maths and English concepts to all children aged 4-14; you’ll cover the early years Curriculum all the way through to Key stage 3. To help us assess your knowledge of these concepts, we have created a timed assessment to reflect the teaching of these topics to our members.
Tell us what makes you a role model
Our tutors are passionate, credible communicators, and this skill is crucial to our success in building strong, long lasting relationships with each learner. We want to give as many candidates the opportunity to show how you’ll inspire as a tutor, so before we shortlist our finalists, you’ll submit 4 pre-recorded video questions.
Getting to know your role as a tutor
Working at Explore Learning means interacting with a wide variety of people, and adapting your approach to challenges that may come your way. In our final live interview, our recruiters will cover the specifics of the role, and find out how you would tackle each element, as well as answering your queries.
Want to know more about the process, or have any concerns or additional requirements?
Get in touch with us via [email protected], or give us a call on 01483447411
Our team are here to help
We want to make sure your assessment experience is as accessible and enjoyable as possible. As a prospective employee, no question is ever too big or too small, and we welcome your communication either by giving our recruiters a ring, or popping across an email.
What’s more, our process can move at a pace which suits you and won’t require any travel to an interview venue. If you find you need extra time to complete one of our stages, or some advice on how best to access any of our assessment tools, or some technical support, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Top tips from our recruiters
Tip 1 – Make sure you’ve looked at our website
This is a great tool to help you feel informed and prepared before your interview so you don’t feel caught out with any aspects of the role you didn’t know about. It also allows you to get a feel for the company and how it might fit with your lifestyle.
Tip 2 – If you’re ever unsure, just ask
If you’re having technical difficulties, or maybe you would like more context around a question we ask you in the live interview, let us know you’re a little unsure and we will do everything we can to set you up for success.
Tip 3 – Get ready before you record
We know that for some, recording yourself answering questions is a little out of the ordinary! So we’d advise to make sure you choose a time in the day where you’re less likely to be interrupted, and that your device has plenty of battery to last you through the interview; that way, you can fully focus on showing us what kind of tutor you will be!
Tip 4 – Be yourself
We know it’s cheesy, but we truly want to know who you are, and how this role suits your strengths and attributes. The interview is just as much a gauge for you to see whether working in this role feels right, as much as for us to assess whether we think you’re ready to nurture those light bulb moments in children.
Meet our Tutors
I have been a Tutor at Explore Learning – Northampton, for over 5 years now. When I first started, my main role was supporting members of a variety of ages with their maths and English.
With the incredible training and support of my managers, I was able to master the role and then progress to being a showtime manager. This gave me the opportunity to regularly interact with families, increase my level of responsibility by managing the logistics and time management of children’s sessions, as well as supporting tutors in my team. It also gave me the opportunity to be trained in how to interact with prospective members and book them in for taster sessions.
Running showtime has led me to have a greater understanding of how Explore Learning works as a business. I have been able to develop and enhance my skills in customer service, communication, and managing team members.
Working for Explore Learning has given me experience in how to problem solve and think on my feet. The company have instilled in me the importance of maintaining the best quality service to offer to all current and prospective members. As a company we are proud to have channelled this into our ‘Explore at Home’ membership and I am proud to be a part of the goal to ‘keep education going’. Seeing the members continue to achieve those light-bulb moments always remind me just how rewarding it is to be a tutor at Explore Learning.
From my very first encounter it was clear that Explore Learning was a brilliant place to work. The Assistant Directors were incredibly helpful, the tutors seemed very engaged, and the children were really enjoying themselves. It didn’t take me long to apply for the role!
Before Explore Learning, I’d quite a varied career, however there are two positions that stand out the most. I worked for a short while supporting young adults with learning difficulties and for roughly a year as a teaching assistant. Having previous experience with children really helped me adapt to the tutor role.
Each and every day at explore is extremely varied! I usually get into work at around 3pm. After saying hello to the Directors and my fellow tutors, I’m told whether I’ll be tutoring the children, helping them in surf club, or giving feedback to the parents at the gate. As an additional content tutor (tutors that hold weekly workshops), I’m also tasked with organising lessons and delivering them to a specific group of children, which in my case is preparing them for secondary school.
There are so many things I love about working for Explore, but my favourite has to be the bonds you make with the children. There’s no better feeling than when one of the children you regularly see asks to work specifically with you. One particular moment that stands out was hearing all the nice things the children had said about the tutors when they were voting for Tutor of The Year Awards.
Part of what makes working for Explore Learning fun is the challenges that you face. There will be children with difficulties at home, and those with behavioural issues who will need that extra support! It is very rewarding when you manage to find a behavioural technique that helps a child have a fantastic session, and that also allows you to bond with that child more.
Working for Explore Learning has been a fantastic experience so far. Not only has it help me become a much more confident person, it’s greatly improved my ability to handle multiple responsibilities at once. I’ve met some fantastic people who I hope to remain friends with far into the future, and built bonds with some truly amazing children. I would recommend Explore Learning to anyone who enjoys working with children, is a team player, and has the energy to provide a high standard of tuition for hours at a time.
Before moving into the tutor role I had worked as an Assistant Director, Centre Director and Regional Manager in London. I learnt a lot from all three of these roles, developing my leadership and analytical skills and gaining valuable operational and commercial knowledge. After five years I decided to go back to university to pursue a PhD in Education and have been balancing my research alongside tutoring ever since. Education is something I am incredibly passionate about and I love that I am still able to get out of the library and work with Explore members. For years I have seen the benefits of working collaboratively with children. It’s so nice to be able to play a part in this collaboration, watching members grow in confidence and offering support and encouragement along the way.
I came across Explore by chance, having a coffee in the cafe after shopping at Sainsburys I spotted the centre and popped in to see what it was about. The timing was perfect as I had a baby that had just turned one and was looking for a part time job to fit around my home life. Explore fit the bill perfectly as I was keen to be Mum first and foremost and work would come second to that. Explore, being a child orientated centre understood this perfectly and the restrictions that having a child and relying on limited childcare has never been an issue. Explore has always been really flexible for me. I had my second son last year and Explore was really supportive throughout my pregnancy and maternity leave and made coming back to work this year a very easy experience! A typical day for me involves being Mummy all day, doing the school run, baby classes, then I’ll go to work mid afternoon leaving the children with their Grandmother for an hour or so before my husband comes home from work. I’m home before they go to bed.
Prior to having my first son I had been at university and planning to go on to complete the PGDE in primary education so I had a background of working with children in various capacities – working in pre-school within private nurseries, volunteering with the brownies and in local primary schools. Tutoring was an exciting new challenge for me. Working with the children wasn’t daunting but knowing how to break down maths problems and teach them was completely new. I was fortunate to join a great team of tutors who were very welcoming and helpful in the initial stages when I was finding my feet within the job. The other tutors are a great support network and I would advise any new tutor not to worry that you are asking too many questions/ being a pest as everyone has been in your shoes and knows how it feels to be new! I definitely learned loads from my colleagues. Explore, also has a great ethos of allowing plenty of time for self study, meaning you get to know the programmes you are teaching and work on any areas you need to, before you start tutoring. Even now I do this to brush up on various things. There are regular training sessions with the whole team when we can share knowledge and ideas.
I’ve loved my time at Explore! I’ve made some great friends in fellow tutors. It’s been fantastic to meet children and families from all different walks of life. Many of whom have been there as long as me, if not longer, which is lovely as it allows you to form strong bonds with the children and see them grow over the years. A really great part of the job is to watch the children’s progress. I particularly love when a child becomes really confident at something they had previously found tricky – it makes you feel like you’ve done an amazing job and you feel a really nice sense of pride both in the child and in yourself for helping them! I find that I usually go home from work on a bit of a high, not sure whether it’s the vibrant atmosphere in the centre, the enjoyable interaction with children and colleagues or a mix of both but it’s a lovely feeling! I really believe in everything that Explore stands for and believe that it really works. So much so that my oldest son now attends Explore as a member. So far he is loving it and I can absolutely understand why!