Dear Theo and everyone, I've been reading these forums for a while, and found all your advice - especially the clickables - absolutely invaluable in finding out about teaching and applying for jobs, so thank you everyone! I know it's a common question, but I just wanted some advice on hearing back from interviews. I was interviewed via skype (I'm currently finishing my PhD overseas) for a vacancy at an independent school, and we talked about the possibility of my doing a PGCE/GTP with them. They said that they were interviewing more candidates the next day, and would 'put our meeting alongside those and then decide'. I took this to mean that I would be contacted by Monday, but this has come and gone and I still haven't heard. <ol>[*]I know my references haven't yet been contacted, which seems a little odd. Would they possibly be waiting to collect references before making a decision? If this is a GTP position, could it take longer than a 'normal' vacancy?[*]I got the impression that the other candidates would probably already have PGCEs etc, and would also be doing an observed lesson - it was explained in the interview that this is normally what the school expects, but that they were making an exception for me, as I am so far away. If they already knew this, would it put me at a disadvantage? Or mean that the decision will take longer? [*]Due to the time difference, I can't really phone the school, but have been considering emailing the HR manager (we had been in contact before in order to set up the interview etc), but am worried that this will be hurrying them along far too quickly, or also seem rude or impersonal. </ol>I realise that you probably can't answer any of these questions definitively, but I'd welcome any feedback at all, to put my whirring mind at rest!