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Interview Panic!

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Kittyhime, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. So, it finally happened, I've been called to interview for an actual teaching job!
    But then I check up again on the information booklet that was in the application pack, and silly me, I didn't save it! 'Never mind' I say and a quick google search uncovers the mysterious document. However, imagine my surprise when I read to the end of the Humanities section (it is a Humanities Teacher role I am applying for) where it says that they are looking for an exceptional Geography Teacher... I'm R.E. ...
    As you can imagine I'm a little bit panicky as I am an R.E. specialist, with a degree and PGCE in the subject and have not done Geography since VI Form and have only some experience of Geography with KS3 Humanities. The actual advert for the job never mentioned being a specialist in any one of the Humanities subjects and the interview task said to teach the topic from any 'approach' so naturally I've chosen to do an R.E. based lesson.
    I suppose what I'm asking is this, do I have a right to feel this panicky? Have the school made a mistake by asking me to interview or is the mistake in the handbook (I'm positive this was not in my version of the book otherwise I probably wouldn't have applied)? Should I change my lesson to be completely Geography?
    Any help, advice, or a good old slap around the face to calm down would be much appreciated.
     
  2. So, it finally happened, I've been called to interview for an actual teaching job!
    But then I check up again on the information booklet that was in the application pack, and silly me, I didn't save it! 'Never mind' I say and a quick google search uncovers the mysterious document. However, imagine my surprise when I read to the end of the Humanities section (it is a Humanities Teacher role I am applying for) where it says that they are looking for an exceptional Geography Teacher... I'm R.E. ...
    As you can imagine I'm a little bit panicky as I am an R.E. specialist, with a degree and PGCE in the subject and have not done Geography since VI Form and have only some experience of Geography with KS3 Humanities. The actual advert for the job never mentioned being a specialist in any one of the Humanities subjects and the interview task said to teach the topic from any 'approach' so naturally I've chosen to do an R.E. based lesson.
    I suppose what I'm asking is this, do I have a right to feel this panicky? Have the school made a mistake by asking me to interview or is the mistake in the handbook (I'm positive this was not in my version of the book otherwise I probably wouldn't have applied)? Should I change my lesson to be completely Geography?
    Any help, advice, or a good old slap around the face to calm down would be much appreciated.
     
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    So 3 deep breaths! In . . . out, in . . .out . . .in . . .out.
    Now you say you don't think the Geog. remit wasn't in your information pack " otherwise I probably wouldn't have applied", so it's more likely that the info you 'googled' is possibly not the same as the post you are applying for.
    In your original pst you said "The role is for <u>general Humanities</u> and the lesson brief says that I may
    use any 'approach', I assume this means from a Geography, History or RE
    perspective..
    .?" So I'm guessing they need people to be fairly flexible about working within the other areas, possibly at KS3 but need a specialism at KS4. After all they know from your application what your specialism is and <u>have</u> invited you to interview.
    So go, do your very best. The worst that could happen is they don't appoint you, but you will still have gained valuable interview experience. Plus it gives you the perfect 'Have you any other questions?to ask about the proportion of time given to each discipline.


     

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