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Visit Day

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Jenerena, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. I'm half way through my PGCE and I've seen a job advertised that I'm very interested in. They have four visit days and I'd like to attend one this Friday, however I'm unsure what that involves exactly. I will obviously contact the school about times etc, but what should I expect? How should I prepare? I've not yet written my application; I'll write it at the weekend probably. Will they expect me to sell myself or will that be more the interview phase?

    Just unsure what to expect really. Thanks in advance.
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Don't worry about whay you have to prepare. A pre-visit is just that, an opportunity for you ( and the school) to see if you'd fit into their particular ethos to consider putting in an application.
    The school will want to 'show off' but you must beware of doing this. You <u>will</u> be 'under scrutiny' but you don't want to be remembered for the wrong reasons.
    Depending on how big a group is being shown round you can expect to be 'given the tour' of the school, look for all the clues in the classrooms, corridors etc. to see if it's a school you could see yourself fitting into. You may be shown round by pupils or a member of staff.
    Definitely more at interview stage- see above.

  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    That's perfect! You should be writing your application after, if possible, to allow you to include (a) the fact that you were there and (b) any pertinent points you gathered while there.
    The only preparation should be super smart clothes, interview clothes in fact. And do avoid trying to sell yourself - you'll probably talk yourself out of the job if you try to be pushy on the day. Don't ask a question just for the sake of it, only things you really want to know - and couldn't find out from their material and website.
    Best wishes
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.

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