As I feared, I did not get the job, and I am pretty convinced it was a mock interview.... The interview went very well, the governors seemed happy with what I did over the past three months, they also said they were impressed with the positive impact I had on pupils and all the colleagues (who ALL wrote and signed a letter of support/reference for my application). At the end, of the interview, they asked if I had any question. I asked what profile they were looking for, one of the governors replied you are what we are looking for!!!!And yet, I did not get it. I know I may sound very bitter here, but it does show that often it is not what you know but who you know that matters. As I said in a previous post, the head promised the job to someone else, the mother of a former pupil and gave me the interview due to the uproar of the staff and to the fact that my short term contract mentioned that I could apply for the permanent position. At the time, the excuse he gave me was that they'd prefer a native speaker. Now that I had the interview and that they realised that I had no accent whatsoever when I speak English and that they can't use this as a reason, he is saying that my qualification is secondary and the other person has a primary teaching qualification. I know you may say, it is fair enough, however, the essential criteria of the job advert was a teaching qualification and a minimum of four years teaching experience at primary level. Now I have seven years of teaching experience at primary level and eleven years of teaching experience from primary to university level. The person who got the job qualified in September, so has one or two years teaching experience at primary level.( the advert was in December,so had three months experience at the time of the application,) I am feeling really low and angry at the same time. Especially, when I think about what he said this afternoon when he told me the bad news: you were perfect, we can't fault you on any aspect of the job, do not consider this a failure, you never know , there may be another position and you will be able to apply again.....blabla bla bla..... the whole process is so unfair, and I am aware I may sound like a spoilt brat. However I genuinely think that I got robbed in a way and that no matter how good a teacher you are, it does not make a difference. What matters is trivial and nowadays to make it worse (which was not the case in this school as no scale, but independent wage), schools have budget cuts and are looking for nqts, so being on M6,I don't stand a chance. Anyway, spoilt brat that I am , will not go to the headteacher leaving do tomorrow evening, can't face pretending whilst all I want to do is crying. I will probably be exhausted anyway making sure that the children do not realise how I feel.... Thank you anyway for your help, had a look at the TES and hardly anything matching my teaching skills and experience..... Kind regards.