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School invited 45 applicants - crazy!

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Lara mfl 05, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Well at least you're all going to have a crack at it and not be weeded out because they don't like the size of your font whatever-just to cut down the potentials.
    So there IS a positive there. You're all on an even playing field and get to show who you are, what you can offer etc in the group activities.
    Treat it like a potential interview, have things ready to say/do, wear something formal etc. Don't try too hard 'to make an impression' among all the others-sometimes the quiet one may attract better favourable attention than the one who's constantly trying to impress 'ME, ME, look at ME how wonderful/marvellouss etc. I am', which may just irritate.
    Best of luck anyway.
  2. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    Remember to smile - use people's names as quickly as you can - if you give a handshake be firm - be noticed as the sort of person that will fit in with a team.
  3. Just wanted to add my best wishes. Afraid I can't offer much advice personally, but good luck!
  4. Very good advice.
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    I think that they are mad!
    The first thing to note is that this is a case of First Impressions Count.
    You will be judged at first (and found lacking :( I'm afraid ) on a lot of things that have nothing at all to do with your teaching ability or likelihood of fitting in with school ethos.
    Be very careful in your choice of clothes. More difficult for women - be careful with make-up (less is more), jewellery (less is more) and skirt length (more is more!).
    You should aim to look above all professional, NOT look attractive.
    Be very friendly and helpful to others - if you notice one person overpowering the group, make a point of asking someone quiet to contribute, for example. Gentlemen, open doors, stand back, let the women through first, offer chairs. Good manners impress always.
    Prepare as for a formal interview - read the interview clickables.
    And come back and tell us all about it!
    Best wishes
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
  6. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    This is awful. 45 candidates? This is sheer lunacy. Perhaps more teachers should start reading the "Teaching Overseas" forum.
  7. happygreenfrog

    happygreenfrog Occasional commenter

    Rather a novel approach one must admit.
    In my home city, it is standard practice to visit the school prior to application. In fact, I'd doubt anyone would be shortlisted without having visited a school. I recall being with a group of about 20 keen teachers looking around on one day, with another day later in the week, so a possible 40. The school was in a great location and why it was a highly sought post, but it was pretty clear the head was awful, so I never bothered applying.
    Sadly, with so many applicants are after so few jobs, one is at the mercy of the employer. As a head teacher with a long term position up for grabs, I'd be extermely concerned at choosing someone who didn't fit into my school and as such would probably come up with something as equally revealing. Class teaching prior to appoinment has also become standard practice in UK schools. Any observed teaching is horrific of course, but the sensible option given what is at stake and nothing to be feared if you are the right person for the post.
  8. gapolden

    gapolden New commenter

    Well guys - it was very strange experience. The first stage was group tasks to do with name 7 key features of an outstanding lesson. The then cut 29 people & I was through to stage 2 - Yeah!. This time we had to work in a group & come up with ideas of how to get more students staying for extra-curricular clubs. Then they cut it down to 6 - I was picked, couldn't believe it, so pleased that they liked would they saw! Anyway then I had to teach my 1 hour badminton lesson, student panel and tour of the school, all went ok. Then lunch - needed this as not had anything since breakfast at 7am! Then 1 candiant went home as lesson not good or better, so was down to the last 5, the formal interview. I think I answered the best I could and did the best I could. Unfortantly I didn't get the job but they loved me and want me to go in for a chat about teaching some maths & science, so some positives to take away!
  9. mmm...Milk

    mmm...Milk New commenter

    Thats great gapolden! Well done, you should be very, very, proud of yourself. To make it to the final cut out of 45 is an achievement, and they want to talk to you about other subjects! I assume you can teach maths and science?Lets hope your "i got the job" is up here soon! [​IMG]
    I am sure its gut wrenching that you didn't acutally get that job, but you certinally have something better than "it was a close thing, you will get snapped up soon" If nothing else, that would really boost my confidence.
  10. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    Excellent - well done!
    I'm sure you did.
    So sorry [​IMG]
    Oooh - this is very encouraging - they must have had to make a hard choice by the sound of it - but didn't want to lose you, so this is brilliant - could lead to bigger things. [​IMG]
  11. Phew! Anyone who's jumped through that many hoops, beating off 44 other candidates without a
    lunch deserves work at the school and a medal!
  12. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Well congratulations on getting to the finishing line after that marathon,
    and that
    so not entirely a waste of time. (Perhaps, as it was Sport?, they were looking for someone who could offer a specialism (which they wouldn't have said but would have been looking for)which the successful cabdidate demonstrated in their lesson or gave evidence for at interview!

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