In one of the first of my many unsuccessful interviews as an NQT the letter to invite me to interview arrived less than 24 hours before the interview - they hadn't put a stamp on it. Talk about not recognising the signs. After paying the 86p postal fee I managed to put together the requested 10 minute presentation on 'Life in My Classroom' (in my lunchtime), work out where the school was and do a practice drive there that night (I'd missed the Walk Around for interview candidates) and not sleep much at all. When I got to the school I was told they were running a bit late. I was shown into a cupboard-like office crammed with junk, not offered any tea or coffee and was left there for 2 hours. I get unbearably nervous for interviews and during the time I was stuck in the cupboard my panic mounted and I started shaking like a leaf. I narrowly avoided just walking out of the school and driving away. I soon wished I had. First question: 'As you know next year we're moving to a brand new fully open-plan school building.' (I didn't know that having not been able to come to the Walk Around and in my pre-interview panic had somehow missed the giant building site next to the school.) 'What do you see as the challenges of working in an open-plan school environment?' Feedback - my presentation was the best they saw, I was obviously super confident. They had 5 posts in that school. I didn't get any of them. 4 new posts were advertised again a couple of months later and they continue to be.