Hello everyone, Just after a little advice really after being deflated by a succession of interviews but no job offers. I think since last summer when I knew my previous post was ending, that I've been to atleast 10 interviews maybe more. Initially I tried to secure employment for September 2014, attending interviews towards the end of the summer term but wasn't successful at any. I should mention these were interviews located in an area 100 miles from where I lived at the time and where I planned to re locate to for the new academic year. So how did these interviews go? I am always brutally honest with myself when it comes to interview performance and I do think in your heart you know when it's gone well or not. Two of these interviews I felt I didn't give a good enough showing of myself, didn't answer the questions as well as I could have done and the feedback picked up on where I could have answered better. One just didn't go well at all because I was still reeling from the heartbreak of the previous day... The first interview I had for the schools in the new area I was moving to, was very positive, I had a good rapport with the headteacher, answered questions well, impressed them with some of the things I've done. I was hopeful...but then the phone call came and I didn't get it. He actually said 'he couldn't fault my interview' it just came down to someone else being more experienced. Extremely disappointing and particularly disappointing because I knew I HAD done well in the interview, something that I've never naturally excelled at, but it wasn't enough. The second interview put me so much at ease, they wanted it to be more like an informal discussion rather than an interview. I completely relaxed and gave the very best of me that I had, we chatted for what felt like ages and I could sense a rapport with the interview team and they seemed so impressed with what I had to say. But...phone call comes and it's a no. 'We loved meeting you today, and your interview was impressive but we've given the post to someone else with more experience'. It devastated me. I didn't apply for any more that summer after that, instead I just moved to the new area, started supply TA work with a couple of agencies and threw myself into that, getting solid experience in schools and settings up here. I've been doing this since my DBS cleared at Christmas and have loads of different assignments that I've loved that's given me such a broad range of experiences. But...it's not financially secure, there are days where there are no work so I've been applying for posts as and when something catches my eye. Since November I have attended a further 5 interviews. Same outcome as before. Generally favourable feedback as to my interview answers, some areas highlighted where answers could have been expanded so I've worked on them for subsequent interviews culminating in yet again... That interview that goes REALLY well. Where the rapport between the interview team is so strong, they can't help but comment on what a strong answer is that I've given, where I can see them tick the highest mark for nearly every single question.(There was barely a table between us) But then the phone call comes and again it begins with 'unfortunately' and my post interview optimism shatters into a million pieces. Again. I just about manage to compose myself to ask for feedback and she actually says I was 'unlucky to come up against such a high standard' because my interview was 'excellent'. She states there is perhaps ONE answer (out of atleast 15 - it was a lengthy interview!) that I could have expanded on. I cannot have any more experiences like this ,where I can not possibly give any more, cannot show myself any better and it still not be enough. I frequently seem to find myself in this position now, applying for and successfully being shortlisted for the majority of posts, getting down to the last 6 or 8 candidates and from feedback sounding like I got down to the final 2 or 3 even but never being the one. I've improved my interview technique, I've conquered my nerves and demonstrated my enthusiasm but I just don't know what that magical ingredient is that I'm missing to get me to coveted offer stage. I have another interview this week, for a post that I know would suit me down to the ground but it seems competition is so fierce these days there's always 'someone better'. I really can't take many more post interview callbacks that start with the word 'unfortunately' it's soul destroying. I know I'm really lucky to get to the interview stage so often, it's half the battle these days but I can't seem to turn my good candidate on paper into a great candidate in person.