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Decided- Not to go to interviews arranged by agency from now on.

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by slingshotsally, Jun 22, 2015.

  1. slingshotsally

    slingshotsally Star commenter

    Hi all

    Just had another interview cancelled (arranged through agency), after I had already turned down work and prepared for it.

    Last week I went on a different interview, I cancelled work to attend it. However when I turned up, I realised information about the children was incorrect. I was given wrong range of levels.

    So then agent starts fishing for information about the class so the next person they send to that school is better primed than I was. They have to make their commission after all.


  2. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    I'm sorry you've had this experience, SSS, but it is not unusual if my own experience and those of others is anything to go by. An agency sent me to a school in Bucks for an interview or a maternity leave. As I was actually on my way to the interview, the agency phoned me an asked me whether I could be at the school any earlier, which I couldn't. When I got to the school, I found that the interviews had already taken place; seemingly the agency had got the times wrong! I went to another only to find that the subject specialism was wrong. I think agencies adopt a scatter gun approach; the more, the more lucrative.
  3. slingshotsally

    slingshotsally Star commenter


    Thanks for your reply.

    December 18th 2003 was my first agency interview. I sent in my CV the Monday before, the agent phoned me on Tuesday to advise of the interview she had just set up. I was offered my first Job in London on the back of that 1hr maths lesson interview. Job started January 6th 2004.

    How easy was that? That was an independent agency, the consultant was the owner and it was later sold to Capita.

    The only thing that's changed is that there are so many more agencies now and they are all chasing the same jobs. And they are less professional too.
  4. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    I know I've said this ad nauseum but I cannot understand why there are so many agencies, and new ones popping up all the time, when there is so little work. How do they make any profit with so many more middle-men trying to squeeze cash out of a diminishing market.
  5. nearmiss

    nearmiss Lead commenter

    There is some concern that many of these mushroom agencies are just there to get your CV and personal details. There is no industry regulator any more now the REC quality mark has been withdrawn. Anyone can make a website, call themselves and agency, advertise jobs they have seen on other jobsites, get people to apply and hey presto - data theft made easy.
  6. RaggyBull

    RaggyBull New commenter

    I do think that we, as supply teachers, have to guide others to more reputable companies if they ask on here. Not sure about the review websites as any agency could give themselves false ratings!

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