I was thrilled to get a phone call from a school that interviewed me that they offered me a one yar temporary contrac starting from July. They sent it to me, although it is not much of a contract, a sheet of paper saying that it is a conditional offer (conditions being two references- that I know my referees sent prior to the interview, which puzzled me a bit, and the CRB + a medical form). Is that a usual practice? I also need to fill in the job application again... Most of my friends got 'normal' unconditional contract straight away, so I as wondering whether more schools deal with things the way mine did. The problem is, I need to move, and rent a flat within the next few weeks, so things are a bit complicated if I have to wait for the CRB check to get a proper contract... But at least I have a job I am saying to myself, in a very, very competitive subject (60 applications for one post). Also, I wanted to thank you for the advice on this forum. For months I was not getting interviews, I then redid my letter and application according to the guidelines you had here, and I prepared for my interview using the tips and questions from this forum, and yay, after sending 8 applications I got invited for 6 interviews, and got the job at the second try!