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General Chat Thread, Primary school job in General; Originally Posted by googlemad Mmm One of my references has today mentioned that the employer has been in touch seeking ...
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    Re: Primary school job

    Quote Originally Posted by googlemad
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    One of my references has today mentioned that the employer has been in touch seeking a reference from them! Never had this happen before, so I assume most companies would do this after selecting someone from the interview process.

    Any advantages/disadvantages to a company having my references before interview? (They're good references!)
    Having regular contact with several current or previous business owners (my mum included and others who are my friends) I've been informed in the past that it is standard procedure to get the references of all shortlisted applicants before interview (but obviously each company/organisation is different).

    I'd personally prefer that the interviewer had seen my references before my interview (if its good) as then they already have a good idea of what I am like before the interview and if I screw up they are more likely to put it down to nerves.

    Good luck though and remember, the person/people doing your interview will probably be just as nervous as you are (in fact, they usually are). My mum ran a business for 25 years and she said even towards the end, she lost a nights sleep each time she had to interview an applicant due to nerves.

    I was also interviewed by four people (the head teachers of both schools, deputy head of one school and my network manager). So I was extremely nervous. I also wasn't told about the written test I'd have to take. Apparently I got 9/15 which was apparently part of the reason I got the job in the end as I got the highest. The next one down was 6/15.

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    Re: Primary school job

    So the interview looms - Any tips on the 'classic' primary school questions to look out for (I've been interviewed for roles in high schools, colleges and universities but never primary!)

    Also if the deputy head has been doing all the technician work until this point, how likely is it they will throw in a few techie questions?

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    Re: Primary school job

    Quote Originally Posted by googlemad
    So the interview looms - Any tips on the 'classic' primary school questions to look out for (I've been interviewed for roles in high schools, colleges and universities but never primary!)

    Also if the deputy head has been doing all the technician work until this point, how likely is it they will throw in a few techie questions?
    I don't know about techie questions (although I do know that the school brought in someone techie to give them suitable questions for my interview) - these days you are almost gauranteed a question on child protection (such as from porn, viruses, unemployed bearded men sitting in dark rooms pretending to be "Sharon" aged 9 etc.)

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    Re: Primary school job

    It went OK although I fluffed up the interview a little (They totally threw me as not one of the questions they asked I had planned for, the ones I had were not featured in the interview!)

    Regarding the tech questions it was the high school technician, just asked basic stuff on network problems and group policy issues.

    5 candidates, and I think I was the only one there who didn't actually currently have a job!

    Now we have to wait a day or two as they won't be making a decision until everyones references check out

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    Re: Primary school job

    First thing about interviews: They -never- ask the questions you expect, haha! I learnt that when I was job hunting.

    All all honesty, the fact that you are currently unemployed might work against you (though occasionally it can work in your favour as you can most likely start sooner then the others). However if you answered the tech questions well enough, that fact might be forgotten.

    If you don't get this job, have a look into doing some computing related charity work? Maybe go around your local primary schools and offer to work on their network part time for free? They are usually crying out for IT Support and would most likely jump at the chance (I already decided this is what I'd do if I ever found myself out of work for some reason, plus it gives me something useful to do). I personally think this would look fantastic on your CV.

    Hope you get the job! Good luck!

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    Well I've got an idea in my head that a few may have been eliminated before the interview room, I'll say why after the results.

    I find it highly annoying how companies bring all the candidates in at once! You try to hold a nervous conversation but this brings out all their qualities and you think 'oh bugger'

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    Re: Primary school job

    Quote Originally Posted by _Bat_
    I'd personally prefer that the interviewer had seen my references before my interview (if its good) as then they already have a good idea of what I am like before the interview and if I screw up they are more likely to put it down to nerves.
    Our personnel department send off for references before interview (unless the form says not to) but I don't normally get to see them. In reality, references say little more than "X was employed; had absence of Y; punctuality of Z" and that's about all. I'm not sure that I'd actually trust much more in a reference - I don't know the person writing it so I don't know if it's going to be honest or whether they're being nice to try and get rid of a duffer or being mean to try and hold on to a good guy :-)

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    Re: Primary school job

    I didn't get the job. Which didn't surprise me as the other candidates all seemed to have strong experience of school work (One of them was going between 7 primary schools and came all the way from Hampshire for the interview! (250+ Miles and the same going back!)).

    I've got the qualifications, but not the experience (Thanks to the stupid training company I am on who seem to think qualifications are the end of the world!). I am looking for voluntary work but it dosen't help the bills get paid and since I've been unemployed since around the start of March

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    Re: Primary school job

    They didn't appoint anyone 8O

    Basically my IT skills were there but I didn't have the skills to support the children.

    Feel happier now I got the feedback

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    Re: Primary school job

    What sort of money/hours were they offering for this job?

    And how many pupils in the school?

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    Re: Primary school job

    I coach a local kids football team which i think will look good on my CV incase i need to apply for a future job. Anything showing your giving something back to the community of kids will help.

    ...Well, thats my take on it anyway.

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    Yeah I'm active in a church (I'm a Mormon / latter day saint) and at the time of my interview I was head of a youth group there. I think that helped me. I need to ask them that actually... I want to know what got me the job in the end.

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    Re: Primary school job

    34 Primary Schools
    I have to laugh every time I see that

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    Re: Primary school job

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    34 Primary Schools
    I have to laugh every time I see that
    think it might be 1 or 2 more now, but remember that some of the schools only have about 3 class's. Mainly in the remote village's of leicestershire. They dont really need a full time techy. So we can help that way. Just pee's me of with EMBC charging the same £6000ish for the small schools.

    Thats a point, anyone in this area know if they won the contract again?

    Sorry to go off topic.

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    Re: Primary school job

    The contract is still going through tender at the moment as the process was delayed. The caharges for this year are being kept the same as last year but there is very likely to be a different (ie better) pricing structure next year.

    Once I am allowed to pass on more information I will do but that is likely to be in about 6-8 weeks' time.

    Apologies if I have not kept people up to date (and I know I am behind in contacting NCC schools!)

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