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Don't seem to make it to the interview

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Dinay, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. Dinay

    Dinay New commenter

    Hi everyone,
    I would very much appreciate your views on my situation and any advice would be greatly welcome. I am a native teacher of Spanish and I taught it up to University level. I have worked at an independent school teaching it for 7 years up to A-level, then at university for 7 years, then I got a part time job at another independent school teaching it up to GCSE level for ten years until last December when it closed down. I can teach French, have a PGCE, a DFES reference number and I have a masters degree in Modern Languages. I have applied for three jobs in independent schools near where I live since January; the first two posts advertised for a teacher of Spanish was to teach Spanish to A level and the third one was a 0.3 Spanish and French specialist to start and develop a Mod Lang Dept. with increasing hours in the following years; it also involved an evening of boarding duty (I have also been a boarding mistress for 3 years). All this considered, I felt that I had sufficient experience and qualifications to arouse the interest of prospective employers and to be invited to an interview, but I was unsuccessful on the three occasions. I have followed advice contained on forums and various other internet resources on how to compose the covering letter, CV and resume but so far all has proved fruitless. The feedback that I get is very similar and seems very general and standard ("We had some very strong candidates"). I am starting to become quite cynical and think that I am too expensive and that they prefer somebody with less experience but cheaper, too. What could I do to increase my chances to at least make it to the interview? it is very demoralising and a big knock to self-confidence. Perhaps there is somebody out there that can offer a fresh take on things?
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Pues primero te digo que es más fácil para el lector si divides el texto en párrafos. ;)

    Yes, feedback in general is very bland and unhelpful. They are concerned that there might be some comeback, you see. And also, to be honest, because they don't expect to have to give feedback about an unsuccessful application, so they are probably slightly annoyed with you bothering them about this, so are just brushing you off as easily as possible.

    Have you read this advice article? It's about interview feedback, but it can apply to feedback from the earlier stage in applications too.

    Interview feedback - they blamed my experience, but they knew that when they shortlisted me!

    The advice on these forums? But the advice here on this forum is not about CVs or resumes . . . And other internet resources may not be relevant to jobs in schools in the UK, but jobs in US companies. Plus some of the advice is frankly terrible:

    Why you shouldn't look at non-specialist sites for job application advice

    So, have you been able to find and use the applications advice I have posted here in the Professional Advice Hub? There are 20+ applications advice articles, plus loads more about interviews, etc.

    Tag me @TheoGriff if you haven't, and I'll show you where it is.

    Best wishes

  3. Dinay

    Dinay New commenter

    Will do. Thank you.
    Gracias. Se acepta la puntualización y se tendrá en cuenta, pero prefiriría que no me tutease. ;)
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 18, 2016
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Es que en Andalucía no decimos nunca Ud, la palabra no existe pasado Despeñaperros . . . ;).

    Best wishes

  5. Dinay

    Dinay New commenter

    :D Gracias. Lo dicho.;)
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Si a la señora le gustaría que una servidora le diga donde se encuentran los artículos. . .

  7. Dinay

    Dinay New commenter

    Así está mejor.
  8. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter



    Applications advice: I have included here links that may not be relevant to you, for the benefit of other posters.

    2. Applying for a job in a school I suggest that you read these in this order

    NQTs start here! *** N.B. ***

    Do I have to tell my Head I am applying elsewhere?

    Pre-application visits to schools

    Why you should always include an E.S. in an application

    How to get shortlisted for a teaching job *** The basic advice***

    How NOT to get shortlisted

    How do schools shortlist candidates?

    Common errors found in applications

    The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth!

    Who should be my referees?

    Can I see my references?

    Can your Head write a negative reference for you? Or refuse to write one? Can you see what was written...

    Can I ask a school not to contact my referees just yet? ***NEW ***

    Step-by-step: How to write an E.S. *** More basic advice ***

    Executive summaries - where to start when no person specification

    Person Spec too long - how do I do an E.S.? And where do I put it? *** Beginners start here ***

    Blank E.S. Pro-forma for job applications***NEW ***

    Letter of application for a teaching job ***NEW ***

    Sharing letters of application, supporting statements and executive summaries ***NEW ***

    Application form: how to present long list of posts outside education

    How can I provide details of examination results?

    Can I omit, on an application, a period spent teaching abroad?

    No CPD to put on the application form!

    5 common errors in applications

    Reciba, señora, la expresión de mis sentimientos más cordiales.

  9. Dinay

    Dinay New commenter

    Muchas gracias por la información.

    :D:D:D:D:D:D Así me gusta. Ya veo que va cogiendo la idea. ("Un aplauso"). Y ya veo que está muy versada en el léxico de las cartas que aparecían en los antiguos libros de texto y manuales. Me encanta. No todo está perdido!

    A propósito, muchas veces mis alumnos (tanto en Educación de Adultos como en ESO y Bachillerato) me preguntan a menudo qué pasaría si un extranjero usase en español el aplelativo informal en lugar del formal, cómo reaccionarían los hablantes nativos, pero nunca me había planteado la situación entre nativo(?) y nativo y usted me acaba de proporcionar una valiosa respuesta. Gracias por la luz entre las tinieblas, como se suele decir. Excelente como referencia didáctica. Como dice el refrán "No te acostarás sin saber una cosa más". Se lo agradezco. :D;)

    Adiós y buen día tenga usted.
  10. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Andaluza no es, desde luego - del Norte, supongo . . .

  11. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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