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Dear Theo - when to find out about the money?

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

  1. Hi again, Theo.
    Thanks for your support so far - as I said on the other thread, I've got an interview for the post I applied for last weekend. I've planned the lesson and starting researching information about the school more thoroughly.
    As this is in an independent school, I'd like to know how their payscale works, along with pension provision and sick pay (hoping it's not necessary!). I've read on some of the other threads that this can vary widely.
    However ... I've just been on the interview threads and I saw you'd put NOT to ask about money during an interview. So, when? Do I wait and bring it up if they offer me the job? I obviously want to handle the issue politely, but I don't want to end up signing my life away to a school that pays peanuts!

    Off to polish my shoes now ;)
     
  2. Hi again, Theo.
    Thanks for your support so far - as I said on the other thread, I've got an interview for the post I applied for last weekend. I've planned the lesson and starting researching information about the school more thoroughly.
    As this is in an independent school, I'd like to know how their payscale works, along with pension provision and sick pay (hoping it's not necessary!). I've read on some of the other threads that this can vary widely.
    However ... I've just been on the interview threads and I saw you'd put NOT to ask about money during an interview. So, when? Do I wait and bring it up if they offer me the job? I obviously want to handle the issue politely, but I don't want to end up signing my life away to a school that pays peanuts!

    Off to polish my shoes now ;)
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Well done on getting the interview, and I'm pleased the shoes will be shined!
    The time to find out about the money is, hopefully, before applying . . . Bit tricky if your e-mail address is the recommended format, i.e. with your name clearly in it so that they can identify you on screen. Mulah@hotmail.com is great for your application, but not so good for asking tricky questions about conditions of service, pay and sick leave for example.
    Although if you happened to have another e-mail that wasn't at all recognisable . . .
    But you've missed that stage.
    So now you will have to wait until they offer you the job. You are committed to going to the interview anyway (always good experience, and it's interesting to nosr around another school), make a judgment as to how prosperous the school is. How big is it, is it a member of HMC, GSA, IAPS, SHMIS, does the place look rundown, what are its exam results. A successful school will always pay as much as state (and for fewer teaching days per year) and often more.
    I expect you've read the clickable on indy pay inside the Welcome thread on the Independent Forum.
    Be sure what you would be getting in the state sector - check on Tafkam's FAQs. Then you will be ready when they offer you the job and a pay.
    www.tesfaq.co.uk/pay
    You might just, just, be lucky, and get given a copy of the standard contract and payscale when you arrive for interview. But don't hold your breath!
    Best of luck - looking forward to you starting a new thread called Dear Theo - I got that job!
    ____________________________________________________________
    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!
     
  4. Thanks for that Theo. The responsibility attached to the post had a payment listed in the original advert, so I'm aware of that. It's just the general payscale bit that eludes me - and I applied in a rush so didn't think about it at the time. Will cross it off my list of things to worry about until after the interview, but I like your advice about state of the buildings,exam results etc. They've had some renovation projects recently, so it bodes well!
     
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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