I feel exactly the same as the original poster. I also am completely disheartened by the whole process. I also qualified 2 yeas ago and have only managed to complete 1 term of my NQT year. As a result my supply allowance ran out and I have already had one 6 month extension. I have spent a small fortune travelling to schools for visits, missing out on supply work in the process. The interviews I have had have always commended the strength of my application, my first couple of interviews were a bit shaky but have now massively improved. But even so I worry that it is in vain as all of the jobs I get interviews for seem to have a predetermined result. At my last interview there was an internal candidate. That was disheartening but I still felt I had a chance. But after briefly scanning the walls in the headteachers office(panel interview at end of 5 part interview day) I noticed a list of staffing arrangements for 2011/2012. The internal candidates name was already assigned to the class I was applying for. I honestly felt that I gave an exceptional interview, the best I have ever given. All 5 parts of my interview day went as perfectly as I could have hoped for. My gripe is that I put many many hours of my life into preparing, lost supply work and spent petrol getting to the interview 35miles away... and they never had any intention of appointing anyone but the person who had already been working there for 2 years!! Why bother putting me through all that hell, I honestly felt like yelling at the headteacher when he phoned to tell me I was unsuccessful. Apparently although all elements of my interview were exceptional, another candidate(the successful internal one) 'just seemed to be a better fit for the school', no kidding when they've already been successfully working there for 2 bloody years!