Dear Theo, or anyone else out there who doesn't mind listening to me rant (!!)... I am a Primary NQT-to-be and have applied for 9 jobs for Sept (so far...). Had an interview and lesson observation last week but didn't get the job. Have not yet received my feedback (need to phone next week) but I am pretty certain that it is down to my interview rather than the lesson observation due to my 'gut feeling' after each stage. I know that the job hunt is especially difficult at the moment (I am in NW also) so now I am starting to panic that I have blown my chance. Everybody seems to say getting to interview is the hardest part (getting your app to stand out in 100+ etc), so I feel very annoyed with myself for letting the opportunity to bag the job pass me by. I had rehearsed interview questions, had a mock interview, practised my answers everyday on my way to placement (strange looks by other drivers!) and was as prepared as I could have been.... but I completely panicked, gave OK-ish answers that were full of waffle and not specific enough. I was so nervous I couldn't even pick up the glass of water for fear of shaking hands dropping it! I just don't see myself ever getting over my nerves in that kind of situation - I felt so intimidated (and also strangely became really aware of the fact that I am only 22!) by the interview panel, even though they were all very nice and tried to make me as relaxed as possible. Have just realised how much I have rambled on about this, don't really know what I am trying to achieve by this message! Have I thrown away my biggest chance?