A Very Good School advertised a HoD post recently. They stated from the outset that, if not shortlisted, candidates would not be contacted. There was also a set interview date, the week after the deadline. I applied, heard nothing (wasn't too surprised as it is a little out of my league). A few days after the interview date, it was re-advertised. There was no wording along the lines of Previous applicants need not apply. I like to think of the Deputy Head having sleepless nights, thinking "I had a choice between Boris (whose interview lesson ended up getting the fire brigade called out) and that DaveClark chap for the last position on the shortlist, and I turned down Dave as I felt he didn't have enough experience. If only I could turn back time!". To be slightly more realistic, I wonder if it's worth the time to look over the application again (as it wasn't the best application I've ever sent off, reading over it again) and re-apply. I am hoping: - Whether or not HR file everything for six months (diversity monitoring?), as far as the management are concerned this is a totally separate round of applications. The "Head of Classics Post Jan 16" pile has been thrown out, and there is now a nice new (empty) tray labelled "Head of Classics Post Feb 16". - Candidates for the second round of applications will be treated as 'fresh', as it were. - The person shortlisting (probably not likely to be the insomniac Deputy Head I envisaged above) won't notice my name at the top of the application form and then think "Well I've got 58 other applications to read so I won't waste my time going through this one again", and throw it in the 'reject' pile regardless of how much more clearly I've linked my skills to the job spec... @TheoGriff - what do you think? Fortunately I have a good few weeks to read through and make sure the application is the best it can be. Have you ever appointed someone for a re-advertised post whom you didn't shortlist the first time round?