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What does HQ mean in this email?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by cys2017, Aug 28, 2018.

  1. cys2017

    cys2017 Occasional commenter


    I was wondering what HQ meant in the email I’ve attached.

  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    HQ, usually means Headquarters.
  3. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    Don't like the sound of any where that want to invite you to its 'HQ' to discuss a teaching job.

    Is it one of the massive MATs, recruiting for its clone army?
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  4. cys2017

    cys2017 Occasional commenter

    Okay what does that mean?like in a young peoplecontext
  5. annie2020

    annie2020 New commenter

    It just means their head office. I agree with a previous poster that it sounds like MAT with an office building that could be separate from all their schools.
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  6. PGCE_tutor

    PGCE_tutor New commenter

    It sounds more like a scam to me.
  7. cys2017

    cys2017 Occasional commenter

    What do you mean by clone army phrase... what does MATs stand for
  8. cys2017

    cys2017 Occasional commenter

    How? What do you mean ..?
  9. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    A MAT is a Multi Academy Trust. Schools run not by the LA but by a private-owned corporate Trust. Many schools were forced into Academy status after failing Ofsted.
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  10. cys2017

    cys2017 Occasional commenter

    Okay I’ve just realised they have an office in a college..but I don’t think the organisation is part of the college.. like they just have an office there I think.
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  11. BYusuf

    BYusuf Occasional commenter TES Careers peer advisor

    Hi cys2017,

    HQ in relation to young people context most probably means higher quartile (upper quartile i.e. more able students).


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  12. PGCE_tutor

    PGCE_tutor New commenter

    Hi Cys
    Didn't mean to worry you - I didn't mean that I thought it WAS a scam, just that the language was unusual and more akin to trust building ahead of persuasion than an interview invitation. I'd give examples but the attachment seems to have disappeared.
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  13. cys2017

    cys2017 Occasional commenter

    Hi I have sent you the email as a private message
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  14. PGCE_tutor

    PGCE_tutor New commenter

    "..an informal chat may present us with the best forum.." chat? forum?
    "..get to know each other.." is that what the meeting is about? Who are you getting to know if you're going to HQ?
    "... a few dates in the coming weeks.." the ultimate in flexibility.
    "..welcome you to our HQ.." why?

    To me (and I accept it might just be me) the language has a ring of - "I've inherited a sum of money but need your help...." about it. All very informal and unusual, and perhaps that's how they're deliberately intending to present themselves, but to me it doesn't come across as professional.

    I'd still go though - just to see what it was like.

    Do let us know how you get on.

    PS HQ can also stand for High Quality
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  15. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    The attachment with the email has disappeared (it disclosed the identity of the sender maybe? so TES admin removed it?) but from the bits you quote it's nothing sinister, it just means they don't have a specific job vacancy they are recruiting for right now. It's a common thing to do outside teaching. Someone applies for a job that's already been filled, or makes a speculative approach. The person sounds like someone you might like to employ when you have an actual vacancy so you do an informal interview/meeting. If after that you (the employer) decide you'd like to recruit them in future you'll approach them direct as soon as a vacancy arises.
  16. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Edit got timed out before I could add that this is how I read it. I don't know what the writer of it actually intended of course!
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  17. cys2017

    cys2017 Occasional commenter

    Thanks for your response. Yes probably. Baisically they posted a list of vacancies on one of their social media platforms and asked anyone who was interested to get back to them so I got back to them with a list of the ones I was interested in and a cv as they requested. The email that followed baisically then asked for me to meet them at their HQ.
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  18. cys2017

    cys2017 Occasional commenter

    I’ll let you all know how it goes
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