Interviewed for an HoD post starting Sept 19 in an independent school. Didn't get the job but when I requested feedback, after them stalling for ages, I finally got to talk to the head and he told me they had not in fact made an appointment. Apparently, I was the frontrunner candidate but the panel couldn't reach a unanimous decision, and the school plans to refine the job description and re-advertise in January. The only negative that came up in the feedback was that I came over as somewhat "serious" to the pupil panel, everything else seemed to be glowing. What has puzzled me is the next bit. I asked the head straight out had they concluded that for whatever reason I wasn't a good fit, so the new position would not be something for me, fully expecting him to say I'm afraid so, we wish you well in your future job search etc - so I could draw a line under it. However, to my surprise, he replied oh no, you certainly haven't made any big misstep which rules you out, we'd be happy to consider your application again - in fact, he offered to drop me a line as soon as the new advert comes out! I literally cannot work this one out. Should I bother reapplying, or does this sound like a waste of time and energy? Has anyone ever come across a situation like this before? Thanks for your help!