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I have an interview!!

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by LadyValkyrie, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. My first - and now, at this late stage, probably only - interview of the year...it's a part-time PPA cover and Literacy booster job across KS2. I have done PPA cover and Literacy boosters before and my degree is in English. I have to do a 20-minute starter activity for a writing lesson with a mixed ability Y4 class followed by an interview, on Monday 25th July.
    Now to re-read all those clickables and interview question threads and go back over all the advice I've had from my RTT tutors and mentor! Considering I have an OU assignment to completely do over the next few days as well I'm going to be busy! Please wish me luck!!!
     
  2. My first - and now, at this late stage, probably only - interview of the year...it's a part-time PPA cover and Literacy booster job across KS2. I have done PPA cover and Literacy boosters before and my degree is in English. I have to do a 20-minute starter activity for a writing lesson with a mixed ability Y4 class followed by an interview, on Monday 25th July.
    Now to re-read all those clickables and interview question threads and go back over all the advice I've had from my RTT tutors and mentor! Considering I have an OU assignment to completely do over the next few days as well I'm going to be busy! Please wish me luck!!!
     
  3. lighthouse_keeper

    lighthouse_keeper New commenter

    Good luck and don't panic! You'll be ok! [​IMG]
     
  4. Thanks! :)
    I'm relieved the lesson is in one of my best subjects - it usually isn't lol (I tend to have rotten luck)!
    By the way, yes I did follow all the clickable advice on my application and letter, including putting an executive summary in the supporting statement box on the application form and then expanding on that in a letter of application, and focused every paragraph of the letter on the points from the person specification. Theo's advice does work - though it can take practice to get it bob on, as it did in my case.
     
  5. Oh, wow, that's unusual at this time of year! Please gimme some hope: when and where was this post advertised? Really do hope you get it. My subject specialism is also English and I think we are the bestest (but also delicate, poetic flowers!). [​IMG]
    I had an interview for a class teacher post last Friday. I hate interviews and never make a good first impression but I did well and came a very close second. And the competition for this job was insane - my consultant-person at the supply agency knows the Head and told me he'd said they'd had nearly a hundred applications and this was A WEEK BEFORE THE DEADLINE!!! [​IMG] Hopefully for you, people will be a bit put off by the PPA role and also hopefully some Maths Heads will fall by the wayside...
    The single most helpful interview tip I had for this interview was combatting 'choking'. I choke under the pressure of interview when I focus on the end goal too much and start feeling self-conscious and insecure. What I really tried to do was to block out the 'bigger picture' thoughts that were making me melt down ('If I don't get this job, that is IT', 'If I get this job, my life will be totally sorted', 'If I don't get this job, I'm not sure I could bounce back again', you get the idea) and focus on every tiny step. Instead of thinking about the end aim (i.e. securing employment), I tried to think of every minute of my observed lesson and interview. When something didn't go right in the lesson, I didn't just 'let go', I clawed it back. When I felt myself panic and freeze, I did take a few seconds to look at my plan. I tried to take every interview question one at a time and I aimed to know exactly where my answer was going before I started it.
    It really paid off, actually. Clearly I didn't get it, and it's not the first time I have come second, but I believe it is the closest second I have come. The Head said I was the candidate to beat and that the panel had thought the job would be mine. He said that there was a fraction between me and this other PERSON (!) and that if they hadn't applied, the job would have been mine without doubt. I was absolutely heartbroken about it on Friday but am really trying to see how to move on. The first thing has been contacting the school for feedback; the receptionist says the Head will call me back. I'll share what he says with you. I know it will be about the school and about me, and what one Head wants is not the same as the next, but you never know - there might be a gem of advice that helps you push yourself over that finish line. Really hope you get it. And I really hope I get something very soon after, too. English specialists of the world, unite and take over! [​IMG]
     
  6. Well, absolutely!
    Thank you and I think I may have been guilty of that train of thought at my last interview or two (last year). I have less of an air of desperation right now having just done my RTT and school placement and feeling high on confidence etc, and I will take your advice and focus on the lesson and interview and doing those as well as I possibly can. I would be very interested to hear your feedback when you get it, and it's very kind of you to share that with me: I'll do the same after mine of course in hope it'll help you for next time.
    WELL DONE for coming such a close second, too! That's no mean feat in this climate!
    My other specialism is Music which is what I'm currently studying with the OU (listening to Handel's Samson as I type!) and I'm hoping that will also be advantageous for the PPA role as a good many non-Music specialists like to give it to someone "in the know": that was the bulk of what I did in my last PPA role, teaching all the Music Y2-6.
    It was advertised not last Friday but the Friday before, with a closing date of last Friday 15th July - so applicants had a week to respond. I'm guessing this school is closing later than some though as there will still be children there for me to teach on Monday - my son's school closes tomorrow and my placement school on Thursday, so I think next week is pretty late. I am in the North-West: this job is in Stockport. I figured it would be a good one for me to go for as NQTs might not be too keen on a p/t role, whereas for me it would be great as I have a son with ASD who does need some of my time, and others may be put off by the PPA and not having a class base, but I'm used to that and it doesn't bother me - especially if I get to do lots of Music and Literacy. ;)
    To give you hope, there are still a few jobs coming up in my area - however the last couple I have seen have indicated they would prefer an NQT so I haven't applied - I'm a returning teacher on MPS M6.
     
  7. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Well done for getting that interview - glad that following my advice has paid off.
    And you are sensibly reading the interview advice too, to prepare intelligently. This could really be IT for you!
    Good luck, really good luck!
    [​IMG]

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    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice 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, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
     
  8. I once got a job on the LAST day of term! It can be done!
     
  9. Thanks Theo and greydar!
    Oh, indeed it can! For my very first job as an NQT I attended the interview in the first week of the school's summer holidays - and got the job! ;)
     

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