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Job Application Shortlisting Feedback

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Jamielittlechild, Jun 6, 2019.

  1. Jamielittlechild

    Jamielittlechild New commenter


    after applying for a few jobs via TES jobs, has anyone been ignored from the school?

    I have emailed the schools and called to find out if I have been successful with shortlisting – and at the very least just to gain feedback on why I have not been shortlisted, but nothing!

    I contacted TES jobs via the live chat page – who advised me their website is only a platform and they went on to "thank" me for the feedback. My applications are currently in a status of 'submitted' and some were submitted x3 weeks ago.

    Surely, some function should be added to the TES job system to send a message that says successful, unsuccessful, applications on hold etc. It would be beneficial so applicants like myself are not left hanging as its disheartening.


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  2. studentfairy

    studentfairy New commenter

    I have found the most schools will not contact you if you weren't successful.
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  3. agathamorse

    agathamorse Occasional commenter

    Schools will only contact you if they want to interview you. Most ads state when the school intends to interview and if you haven't heard anything from them by that date, you haven't been shortlisted.
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  4. ViolaClef

    ViolaClef Lead commenter

    And if you weren’t shortlisted for interview they will not give feedback. You only get feedback if you were unsuccessful in the interview and weren’t offered the job - and then not always. If you didn’t get shortlisted you must assume that:
    • You did not match enough of the criteria in the person spec
    • There were spelling mistakes or grammatical errors in your application
    • It was a strong field of candidates and you were not in the top 4-6 in terms of matching their criteria
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  5. DexterDexter

    DexterDexter Occasional commenter

    I got some feedback on an unsuccessful application:
    The person showing me round thought I was too keen :eek:
    The experience/subjects I was offering they didn’t want (although they didn’t specifically ask):eek:
    And... get this... although I was the only person who showed I knew where education was heading and it was in the person spec, this wasn’t important in the end:eek:

    All a load of tosh
  6. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    It usually is - ignore it.

    Personally if you didn't get the job then don't bother asking for feedback.

    Just move on.
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  7. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

    Hi Jamielittlechild,

    Quite simply, if you don't hear anything, you have not been shortlisted for the role.

    I can only recall one occasion where I was contacted by the school to thank me for my application yet I was not successful.

    I would not invest time in emailing for feedback unless I was actually interviewed yet did not get the role. Even then, I would think twice about whether or not it would be a worthwhile investment of my time to ask for feedback...

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    SEBREGIS Lead commenter

    Feedback is useful, but take it with a pinch of salt.

    A lot of recruitment comes down to this - can we see this person working in our team? Sometimes the best qualified candidate just doesn’t seem right for the school.

    The annoying thing is when you get feedback and they have clearly misunderstood something you said. For example, in one interview I said that I believed marking was most useful when teachers use it to examine their impact and build that into the next lesson. When I got feedback, they said that they were surprised I said that marking didn’t serve any purpose. This taught me to be very clear in my explanations.
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  9. Sleyshon

    Sleyshon New commenter

    Without feedback, how can candidates be expected to improve?
    I think it's distasteful and arrogant of schools not to provide candidates with any constructive feedback.
  10. Skeoch

    Skeoch Lead commenter

    The school, I'm afraid, owes you nothing. You are not a member of staff so the school can't really be expected to invest in your CPD by providing detailed feedback.
    Consider the costs involved: perhaps 20 applicants, of which 3 are shortlisted. The other 17 would need a separate letter or phone call; the contents would need checking to ensure that nothing actionable was said in error, the selectors woul have to meet to frame the feedback for each person. Instead these people might be running their own school and looking after their pupils and staff.
    Realistically, any feedback would be bland: the opposition did better than you did on the day.
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