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Dear Theo, a job has come up at a school I was interviewed at + TLR, should I apply?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by lCatherinel, May 12, 2012.

  1. Dear Theo and all,

    So, I've been unsuccessful a lot recently, well, 6 times in 2 months. I feel bitter about all but 1 of them, where I felt I lost out to a good candidate who was an immediately likable character compared to me who gets stupidly nervous in interviews. Feedback was better quality than normal, and the head really took the time to sit down and chat to each one of us. He told me I was too nervous in the interview so my answers were too brief and lacking any detail. When he gave examples I kicked myself as all the things he said I know, and even thought about, I just didn't articulate them very well.

    That school has now re-advertised but this time are offering with a TLR, it doesn't say second in department but that is the money it is offering. I hadn't originally planned to apply for second posts as I have a young daughter who I want to spend as much time with as I can but I know I can do the job so have started applying for second posts this week.

    Q1. I'm wondering if I should apply to this school again. They didn't like me enough to give me a classroom teacher role, do you think they will even consider me for a class teacher + TLR post?

    Q2. If I do apply for it, should I make reference to my previous application as they only met me 7 weeks ago?
    I'm probably the only one who followed up expenses too, the form landed on my doorstep yesterday after phoning them 2 weeks ago and reminding them about it

    Q3. Do you think they would hold the fact I chased up expenses against me? I am the main earner in my house so have a family to support, £100 is a lot of money for me. Of course I didn't say that to them at any point. I was polite and professional at all times. They might think though, that inviting me to interview is going to cost them another £100...

    Thanks again!
     
  2. Dear Theo and all,

    So, I've been unsuccessful a lot recently, well, 6 times in 2 months. I feel bitter about all but 1 of them, where I felt I lost out to a good candidate who was an immediately likable character compared to me who gets stupidly nervous in interviews. Feedback was better quality than normal, and the head really took the time to sit down and chat to each one of us. He told me I was too nervous in the interview so my answers were too brief and lacking any detail. When he gave examples I kicked myself as all the things he said I know, and even thought about, I just didn't articulate them very well.

    That school has now re-advertised but this time are offering with a TLR, it doesn't say second in department but that is the money it is offering. I hadn't originally planned to apply for second posts as I have a young daughter who I want to spend as much time with as I can but I know I can do the job so have started applying for second posts this week.

    Q1. I'm wondering if I should apply to this school again. They didn't like me enough to give me a classroom teacher role, do you think they will even consider me for a class teacher + TLR post?

    Q2. If I do apply for it, should I make reference to my previous application as they only met me 7 weeks ago?
    I'm probably the only one who followed up expenses too, the form landed on my doorstep yesterday after phoning them 2 weeks ago and reminding them about it

    Q3. Do you think they would hold the fact I chased up expenses against me? I am the main earner in my house so have a family to support, £100 is a lot of money for me. Of course I didn't say that to them at any point. I was polite and professional at all times. They might think though, that inviting me to interview is going to cost them another £100...

    Thanks again!
     
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Obviously not Theo and not sure my advice is up to much at the moment, but my <u>thoughts</u> are
    1)Why not?( If I hadn't just been away and missed the (very short) closing date I would have applied for a post which was advertising a post with TLR at a school where I've previously been interviewed.)
    2) Personally I wouldn't make obvious mention but see what Theo (or Middlemarch) recommend.
    3) If you're the right person cost <u>shouldn't</u> come into it.
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    How interesting!
    Q1 Do you fit the person specification? If not, whatever level the job is, it's a waste of time applying. If you do, then you are clearly a credible applicant.
    Q2 No, that's the past.
    Q3 No school with any sense would cut their noses off to spite their face, i.e. decide not to interview a very good candidate on such slender grounds.
    If you can draw up an executive summary and tick all their requirements, then this is an appropriate post for you.
    Best wishes
    ________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please visit www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars or contact advice@tes.co.uk for one-to-one sessions.
    I shall be contributing to the Moving into SLT or Headship seminar on Saturday 19 May.
     
  5. Thank you both for your replies.

    Yes, although it is a little vague, it sort of sounds like they're saying, We have 2k a year to give to someone, come and tell us why you deserve it! A bit like a "Britain's Got Talent" approach...

    I think I will apply then... I'm quite excited about that one...
     
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Just show them that you DO fit their needs.
    Simple, really.
    [​IMG]
    Best wishes
    ________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please visit www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars or contact advice@tes.co.uk for one-to-one sessions.
    I shall be contributing to the Moving into SLT or Headship seminar on Saturday 19 May.
     

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