I'm incensed. Last Friday I went for the first round of an interview for a hod job at another school. There were two of us. The Dep head told me in an "informal" 1:1 that he thought there were 4 candidates but now there were 5 as the person whose job we were filling had left at Christmas but wanted to come back, so they were interviewing her. We both got through the lesson obs and were invited to the formal interview, today. The ex head of dept was there along with another external and an internal candidate. We could all smell a rat but thought "no, they must have more integrity than that." Moreover, she was not on the initial shortlist as the letter stated 4 candidates, not 5, and she didn't have to teach a lesson. Needless to say, only 40 mins after leaving the formal interview (I was the last one) the dep head rang to say the governors had offered it to the ex hod candidate and she had accepted. I know that fair processes take considerably longer than this. Does anyone else smell a rat?