Hi there, I hope you're having a fabulous half term. It has been my dream for a while to be a HOD. I'm currently a senior teacher and last year I was acting head of year. I had an internal interview on Friday at my own school. The application date was advertised as interviews on Friday. I believe the interview went really well, but at the end of the day my line manager said they were delaying the decision , so that one of the external candidates could come and be interviewed as the interview was too short notice for them ( despite it being advertised as this date) It's a new specification in my subject from September and I've done a lot of voluntary work towards it. I've also worked in industry prior to this . The candidate coming in has the same amount of teaching experience as me. Should I be concerned that they will recruit them to come and lead the team? There's nothing else I could do better I don't think . Is it personality based? I'm just gutted as if they wanted me to get it ( being the only internal candidate ) surely they wouldn't have waited for the external delayed candidate who has been given 12 more days notice than me and the other candidates ( who prepared with 11 hours) . Surely I'm in a good position as i know the team or does it go down to paper and what is said on the day? I'm so gutted already- even though I don't know the result as it looks like it's going to be bad news.