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Dear Theo I didnt get it yet again

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by cazzy4k, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. Hi Theo

    I'm feeling a bit low tonight. To cut a long story short I have been working in a school for some time on supply, love it, fit in well with the team etc. I know none of that can be taken into consideration at an interview, thats not fair to the other candidates.

    However, I'm pretty disheartened because yet again, after my seventh interview I have been knocked back again. At the moment I have no feedback, I'm meeting one of the panel during half term (I am going to be continuing after half term until postholder takes up the position after the easter holiday)
    I have 2 main issues regarding feedback though, which makes me consider whether I want to continue in such a cut throat business if every job I go for the feedback is the same

    1)The first general feedback I get is "the standard of candidates was high" unfortunately. Which I feel makes me consider my position because, no matter what job I go for I think this will always be the case :(

    2)The other feedback I generally get is "your application is fine, your interview was great but we went with experience" another one that makes me think this will always be the case.
    I promised myself I wouldn't cry and having stayed in school for staff training I received my feedback face to face and cried all the way home.
    Part of me says keep calm and carry on it will pay off eventually, and part of me says move on to a fresh challenge, away from teaching. The positive to come out of it is the school love the work I am doing, but it wasn't enough to get me a job so I want to know where I am going wrong :(
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Oh, such a disappointment.
    Don't let that thought take root. Obviously they like your style of teaching & what you're doing with the children. You've had 7 interviews, so you're doing something right. It may be cash restrictions, balance of subject knowledge. male/female ratio, age ratio + lots more possible reasons why they idn't accept you. IT DOES NOT MEAN YOU@RE A BAD TEACHER! Just some things may need refining.
    Take any feedback with an enormous pinch of salt- it's usually just something to say.
    I'd hate to have to stay in post until 'the preferred candidate' arrives, but just make sure you do a really good job so your reference is good for the next job. (Last year I had an interview for a post I was already doing & didn't get the post. Proves the 'internal' doesn't always get it! )

  3. I'm quite lucky in the fact that one of the panel has offered me a reference already, which is a relief, as I love it where I am at the moment, and the children I am working with. When I eventually go at Easter its going to be hard, as I have such a strong relationship already, I dont want to leave :(, and having done my NQT in a school on a temporary contract where I had seen the children mature and progress over a whole school year, leaving was the hardest thing I had to do, and I didn't ever want to face that again :(. I know it will be good feedback, and I have every faith that when I do get it, the person will give me the support I need to push me to go the step further. I just feel disheartened, that I've had so many failed interviews.

    Thanks lara mfl 05 :D
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Oh dear - I hate it when people get upset this way.
    I know that you all just want to have a job and teach and do well for the children.
    And I hate it when you get such useless feedback. Feedback isn't worth the air it's breathed on, I'm afraid.
    You are getting interviews, so your experience and skills are good, and so are your applications. It seems to be the interview day where you fall down, so that's where you need to concentrate your efforts. If your interview was stunning, they wouldn't be saying anything about experience. After all, they knew what experience you had when they called you in.
    Read the interview clickables inside the Welcome thread, and get practising now, even if there's no job in sight, so that you can be ready. Get a friend to give you loads of trial interviews with blunt feedback.
    If you are really desperate, try this: Dear Everyone... I met TheoGriff!
    She started a Dear Theo - I got the job! soon afterwards. But do read all the free advice in the Welcome thread to get some tips.
    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 https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!
  5. Many thanks Theo

    I'll get started, thanks for all your help and advice

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