Had my first formal interview for a HoD job on Wednesday (I'm acting in my current school while my HoD is on Maternity leave). Lost out to the internal candidate. Stayed for feedback which was really positive - they told me I'll make a fantastic head of department (just not there because they want to be the best school in the North West) and that I shouldn't feel despondent because I'll definitely get a HoD post. However, I can't help but feel a bit disheartened...I didn't do anything 'wrong' as such - just wasn't as good as their internal candidate. My main concern is that this is the only such job that has come up in the North West (and I can't move as 1. Husband works in Blackburn and 2. Have a whopping 100% mortgage - from about the last few months that they did them) this year. I know that I clearly can't expect to get the first post I interview for, but just don't feel that I know really how to go about actually getting the job next time as the feedback was all so positive. Anyway, moan over - just wondered if there was anyone out there who'd had similar feedback before and what had happened after?