TSC interviews usually happen every year as TSC looks to hire new teachers or as replacements for others who have left the noble profession of teaching.

Since looking for a job with TSC is a life-changing moment, it is important to prepare well for the interview. Many times applicants seem to be in a state of rush and anxiety both physically, psychologically, and emotionally. They also do not take their time to put the crucial documents required for the interview in order. They tend to forget that this can leave an impression on your interviewers and possibly help you win them over.

The following are the things you should expect and the documents needed.


Before attending the interviews ensure that you prepare well. A number of questions will be asked during the interviews. 


If you have been shortlisted for the interviews, then you shall be required to present the following valid statutory documents during interviews:

  • Letter of appointment to the current grade;
  • Letter of appointment/deployment to the current responsibility;
  • Certificate of Good Conduct from Director of Criminal Investigations;
  • Clearance Certificate by Higher Education Loans Board (HELB);
  • Clearance Application from Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC);
  • Clearance Certificate from a Credit Reference Bureau;
  • Tax Compliance Certificate from Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA);
  • Highest academic Certificate.

Possible Questions You May Be Asked During A TSC Interview

1.       Tell us about yourself

This might be a tough question but ensure you are audible, brief, and specific. Make sure you do not talk of anything contrary to your documents. Statements like “you know”, “my names are”, “etc” should be avoided at all costs.

2.       Professional Conduct

At least have some knowledge on TSC such as the roles of TSC, its organization, code of conduct of teachers, and something on the Children’s Act. Interviewers may ask questions on this during the interview, or not.

Do not keep quiet if asked a question you are not able to answer. Do not knowingly give a wrong answer, do not keep quiet, and avoid saying ‘I do not know’. Request interviewers to make the question clear for you or even elaborated to make it better for yourself.

3.       Content/Subject Knowledge

You should have fine knowledge of the content of the subjects you are attending an interview on as interviewers can ask questions from those subjects.

4.       Give a brief history of your experience

Start with the most recent to the past. If you have attended multiple institutions, let the one you attended first come last.

Do not give a part of your experience that the panel cannot prove or evidence in a recommendation letter or certificate for example. This can give the panelists a way of pinning you down.

5.         Current/trending issues

Current trends in education is also important in interviews. If for instance, you are seeking employment as a Computer Studies teacher, you should have some knowledge of current trends in Information and Communication Technology or Computer Science, and education.

Be brave, composed, and stable emotionally. Avoid overconfidence. Thank the panel once welcomed to the panel and at the end of the interview. Be brief with your answers and do not use long explanations or long examples.

Geoffrey Nevine — IT Services and IT Consulting

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