I'd like to share a recent interview experience with you. This was for a staff vacancy that was advertised in the TES as Teacher of English for an outstanding school, (one of the largest in the country.) I had prepared well for the interview, organised my thinking and exchanged my ideas with a relative. I arrived early and handed over my certificates and the Receptionist refused my claims form and DBS form. Yup, ok, is this cashback? The interview was organised within government guidelines: which means sitting and accepting a glass of water which nobody drinks from. The questions began and everything went to plan, until...the Headteacher asked: "Why did you teach at....?" I answered: "Well, because of the context...(and hid my surprise as his question) He then said he didn't really get my career. I answered, do you mean my experience or the school contexts? I clarified that schools mean different things in different contexts. Then he said, "well teaching here would be very different, a change." I answered, that I was familiar with the school as a friend lives in the catchment area. He persisted: "it would be a big change" and I reiterated that "yes, mainstream teaching with the new government guidelines would need to follow his chain of command." Then he asked what blended learning and ICT integration meant and how would he evaluate it. I replied brightly, well from data and assessment. He didn't look convinced, so I asserted: no computers? "Ok", I said " I'll take you point, look out machines!" Mildy piqued by his firmness but assured that he was running through standard questions, the HOD changed tack. "And can you teach Classics?" "Um no, I learned Latin at 12....." "No, Classics, not Latin." "Sorry no." "What about History of Art?" "Well....is this for a Liberal Arts programme?" The Headteacher interrupts: "no it is for Maternity Cover only for one year." I'm thinking to myself, this is like a surrealist painting, when I'm not sure if what is real and what to expect. The interview continued: "do you have questions?" "...well yes..." and I pitched them in a friendly and positive frame of mind, but they all fell flat: "well, it would be up to you" "Errr...ok, I see." And so, my worst interview occurred and the feedback came three days later: "More experience in the system" to which I thought, It's not that difficult to teach GCSE English in a mainstream system when you think that is for the advertised post.