I've recently been chasing up, by phone, some schools that have had positions [that I applied for] advertised for months. An explanation from one was that they had a teacher who just couldn't make up his mind whether he wanted to leave or not. However, I got the strong impression that others were just going to sit for MONTHS on their applications - and I really didn't get the impression that it had anything to do with the quality of the applications. I don't think they had really started looking at them. So, how common is this practice? Surely such schools must realise that many applicants will have found another job by the time they get round to considering them. Is this a sign of a school one might be better avoiding?