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Inspiring application?????

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by flower16, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. Hi all i recently had a interview where i was close in getting the job, the feedback included that my application should be more inspiring. However, other schools that i applied for did not mention this, i have included all the important information. Any thoughts on what a inspiring application and statement should look like? Any advice appreciated.
     
  2. Talc_1234

    Talc_1234 New commenter

    I've worked in industry and never have I heard unsucessful applicants been given feedback. Normally all they write / tell you is that we have decided to give the job to someone else.
    Schools are strange in practicing this awful tradition. What happened was that the school chose someone else for any number of reasons, hunches, funny feelings etc and the Head teacher couldn't think of anything else to say.
    So whatever reason you didn't get the job, it wasn't your application. It was good enough to get you an interview which is what an application is designed to do.
     
  3. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    If you were interviewed I assume that your application and statement was strong enough? Heads want to appoint stand out candidates so perhaps you need to be livelier at the interview?
     
  4. Hi it makes a bit of sense that i got an interview and came 2nd. Did mention that i failed to show my personality, maybe this is where i went wrong due to nerves!
     
  5. In my experience, it happens a lot, and not just in schools. I used to teach on an employability course and always advised unsuccesful candidates to call for feedback after an interview. My boyfriend has recently been made redundant and has had 3 unsuccesful interviews so far, in a range of sectors, and in each rejection letter he has been encouraged to call for feedback if required.
     
  6. QUOTE: "I've worked in industry and never have I heard unsucessful applicants been given feedback. Normally all they write / tell you is that we have decided to give the job to someone else.
    Schools are strange in practicing this awful tradition."
    I do not see this as an "awful practice". How are you expected to improve if you are blind to knowing what went "wrong" or what you can have been better at? It is better to be told. After nerves, the stress of the day, the adrenaline rush etc, it is hard to remember what you did/said etc and often maybe remember one bad thing that sticks out.
    The feedback can also highlight the positive things you did in addition to giving you pointers for next time. The poster in this forum, now knows to show more personality and to be more bubbly etc.
    However, what is not helpful, is being told that you could not improve and that the person only got the job in front of me was because he knew the children (internal candidate).
    Sorry for poor spelling/grammar etc. Been a long day!
     

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