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Dear Theo - How do you go for an interview?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by lwst, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. Dear Theo,

    I am currently doing my NQT year. I have been given fairly strong hints that I might not have a job next year due to school intake numbers and also the fact that the Headteacher does not like me and the fact that I was not willing to take on more duties than other teachers.
    As a result of this I have started looking for new jobs. I have found an ideal one but if I get an interview how do I go? Do I have to be up front with my school? I just don't know how it works in schools. Just normally you could take a days holiday but this isnt an option as a teacher. But if I tell them then I know the Headteacher will make things even more difficult for me.
    Any help and advice would be appreciated.

    Thank you
     
  2. Dear Theo,

    I am currently doing my NQT year. I have been given fairly strong hints that I might not have a job next year due to school intake numbers and also the fact that the Headteacher does not like me and the fact that I was not willing to take on more duties than other teachers.
    As a result of this I have started looking for new jobs. I have found an ideal one but if I get an interview how do I go? Do I have to be up front with my school? I just don't know how it works in schools. Just normally you could take a days holiday but this isnt an option as a teacher. But if I tell them then I know the Headteacher will make things even more difficult for me.
    Any help and advice would be appreciated.

    Thank you
     
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Yes.You have to provide your current Head as your first reference & he/she will have to know you're applying for another post before that referral lands on the desk.
    You must be upfront with your head about why you need time off to attend an interview or else you may not have a good reference-this could be misconstrued as dishonesty.
    The Head is aware there might not be a post next year so will be expecting you to apply for another post.
    The Head may not be so against you as you perceive & may in fact be more supportive ytan you suppose.
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Tricky, tricky!
    I'm afraid that you have to come up front and tell them. Because, as you say, you will need the day off for interview. And because you will need a reference from the Head.
    The school you are applying for will probably write to ask for the reference at the same time they write to invite you for an interview. The worst possible thing is for the Head to hear about your job hunting when he opens an envelope, instead of having heard from you. So you will have to gird your loins and tell him now that you appreciate very much being lucky enough to do your NQT year with a super team of teachers, but you now wish to widen your experience in a different school.
    No, you can't ask them not to take up references until they offer you the job.
    No, you can't not have the Head as your first referee.
    Both the above are now impossible, due to CP rules. Sorry!
    Best wishes
    ____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    The next Workshops I'm doing that still have vacancies are on Sunday 13th and Friday 25th February. There is also a specialist Workshop for applications to SLT on Saturday February 19th.
    Go to http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     

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