I have just been for interview at a local Middle School - I was up against someone with less experience than me and no knowledge of the network management system - and I didnt get the job :cry:
The head told me that it may have been because when asked if I would take the job if offered it, I said that I was very interested but would have to go away and think it over. I did make it VERY clear that I was keen though. At the end of the interview I reiterated that I was keen and made it very clear that I was worried that I would be frozen out of the job because I wasn't prepared to make a snap decision - I was reassured that this was not the case (hah!)
I am very unhappy that I was penalised for this - How can you make a snap decision like that? obviously sometimes you know the job is 100% right or 100% wrong, but the rest of the time you need to mull over what you have been told and come to an informed decision
I was also asked questions about how I cope with the fact that I work in one middle school whilst I am a governor of a competing middle school in the same pyramid - how do I deal with people asking my opinions of the schools? Not in the least relevant, I would have said.
I am very very p***ed off
My current boss (of a part time job I would keep as well) even faxed over my reference as she only got the email asking for references 40 mins before the interview and I would have thought that would show that I am a worthwhile employee
Everything works out for the best. The HT sounds like a dick. You'd have hated it there. I had a similar experience going for an NM job at a High School. At the time, I was heavily involved in school sailing, which this school took part in. I said I would not be able to get actively involved in DOE and the shutters went down.
I was reading a TES magazine about a supply teacher who went for a full time interview which he didn't get. He was told afterwards that it was his age, at 53 they didn't think he would fit into their younger staff structure. In Industry, he could have taken a company to the cleaners for that. The whole school interview process is a time-consuming and costly joke.
I only got feedback from the head who I met briefly before the interview. I think that the interviewers were slightly intimidated by the fact that I knew the system, as well as the assigned engineer from the network management system who I deal with in one of my other jobs.
The thing is, this is the fourth job in a row I havent got:
Not quite as bad as it sounds - I didnt want the first one, and came a very close second in the 2nd and 3rd (one of them took a male, in my opinion because the school has 'challenging' pupils).
I was heartened by a fellow edugeeker who was at one of the interviews I attended and who really thought I should have got the job!
And the absolute p**ser is that I am a trained electronics/computer recruitment consultant and so interviews should be a doddle for me.
Oh well - back to the drawing board (!)
I got this job with no experience or qualifications when up against degree educated people and existing network people.
I'm very thankful for that.
Me too. Our school has something of a history when it comes to hiring former students. My only qualification is A-level ICT which deals mainly with the business side of IT and...ugh...spreadsheets. Everything else I know is self-taught over the years so, in many respects, I'm very lucky to be here.
I only got feedback from the head who I met briefly before the interview.
And what did he say......?
Are you going to contact them and ask for more feedback ? You sound rather cheesed off at the whole thing and like you said its your third / fourth interview - I would certainly contact them and ask for a breakdown of why you did not meet their requirements.
Also - just because you are a consultant does not mean interviews are a doddle, it depends on who is interviewing you and what interview skills they have.
Not sure about you, but before interviews I have had in the past I am usually kaking myself which is no bad thing as it keeps you on your toes and does not make you overly confident....
I have lost count of the number of interviews I have been to where they had already chosen the person and are just going through the motions.
I remember one where the wife of one of the candidates was on the interview panel. The headteacher was too happy when I congratulated the guy on getting the job when the panel was introduced to all the candidates. Needless to say we know who got that one......
Sorry to hear what happened WITCH, totally understand, i know i would be pretty annoyed when stuff like that happens to me. Its true that its likely for the best but its annoying anyway. Always a p*ss take when you're not offered the job, and often the reason (if any) given is pretty stupid.