I have just attended a selection day for a part time post. Quite a distance from my house but really lovely school and all went well, I thought. Got through to the afternoon interview round, just me and another candidate who is still finishing off PGCE. I had a really good feeling about it all. Finally heard this evening that they have appointed the other candidate. Was told (by the head) that my lesson was outstanding (it wasn't actually!), that the student panel gave good feedback, that I interviewed well and that I was very appointable (I have heard that before). However, the "only thing they could say was that I was quite outgoing, which is obviously important in a teacher, but that I was a bit too chatty". Apparently I didn't treat the interview seriously enough all the way through and I should not make any quips. I wasn't even aware I did! I said I felt that I must have really said the wrong thing and can't even remember what it was I said, I always try to be friendly but not overly so and in most schools this would come over well. Was then told it wasn't a big problem and not to worry about it!! So now I'm totally confused. I thought the interview seemed to go really well and was more of a relaxed one than some I have had, clearly I was wrong! Yet when the head just rang to reject me, he started the call with "Hi, it's John" (not his name, but first names only). Head also offered to put in a word for me at any other schools in the area I applied to, including one currently advertising (for a temporary, full time post!) but I explained that distance is an issue for me, so not really much help! I think they have made a mistake appointing a young NQT who will doubtless be looking for a full time job pretty quickly, whereas I actually wanted part time to fit around my childcare. He also said that I mustn't give up, I am an excellent teacher with a lot to offer and that lots of children will miss out if I leave teaching. But hard not to give up when you have only had 3 interviews in a year (out of around 20 applications). I am moving up the pay scale as a peripatetic teacher, getting more expensive, and less employable the longer I am out of the classroom. It's hard not to feel that the real reason they chose the other candidate was that she will start at the bottom of the pay scale, and was a pupil of the current Head of Dept!