How many interviews before a job offer

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  1. buck8teacher

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    Good evening! Like all of you, I am a highly qualified teacher applying for and searching for jobs like crazy! I was lucky enough to student teach at a great school (Southwest Ohio/Cincinnati area) and was lucky enough to do a long term sub from Feb. to the end of the year in the same building. Due to decreased enrollment however, I was not offered the position I was subbing for. I subbed for enough days to qualify for benefits under the teacher association's contract and I now have to be interviewed for any job I apply for within the district. It's a high in, which I'm very grateful for. The principal where I worked helped me draft my resume and cover letter, and both have been well reviewed.

    I have interviewed for four positions, two in district and two out of district. I know that the market is VERY tight in my area and I should be grateful for my interviews but every phone call I get expresses that "you are a highly qualified, passionate professional..." but yet no job offer. I was just wondering how many interviews some of you went on before you recieved an offer? The principal where I subbed and student taught is even calling principals in district on my behalf for me when I post for jobs internally. Reading some of your posts have made me feel better, but I would just like some feedback on how many interviews some of you went on before being offered a job?

    Thanks and keep trucking along!
     
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  3. Beth2004

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    I graduated in May of 2005 and have had 13 interviews in public schools and one in a private school since then. I have not been offered any positions in the public schools, but did get the one in the private school, so I went on 14 interviews before my first offer. I'm searching once again in the public schools, though!
     
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    That's a good turnover. I think I've gotten about 7 interviews or so. How many applications did you send out?
     
  5. buck8teacher

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    The school districts around here are very picky out sending out applications/resumes. They pretty much insist you do it online and then take the gallop/teaching style polls when finished. I've done that for countless districts and sent about fifty packets with a cover letter, resume, references, and my electronic portfolio with my business card in a red folder.
     
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    2.1 interviews. The .1 interview was simply a "get to know you" conversation with the principal. There were really no formal interview questions. HR called me 15 minutes after I left her office with an offer. I'll be teaching 1st grade there in August.
     
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    That's insane! How did you land that one?
     
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    I went on 4 interviews so far this summer and received 1 offer. Luckily it was at my favorite school so I signed a contract.

    Good luck!
     
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    Beth2004 where do you teach?
     
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    One. I dropped off my resume at 8 am, got a call from the principal at lunch time, and was interviewed & offered the position at 9:30 the next morning.

    That being said, the area that I live in has a shortage of teachers. It sounds like you have a lot of people in your corner... and I'm sure that you'll get a great offer soon.
     
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    I had 2 interviews before I got my first job. Then my position was cut due to enrollment. Since last May ('06) I've had 7 interviews and finally got offered a position.
     
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    I had 1 interview and was hired for my teaching position. In fact, I had lined up 3 more interviews for that week but I was offered the job before I had to attend any more interviews. It was great because I really wanted the school and everything just clicked. Important to note that I work in a very hard to staff district.
     
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    4 interviews, 2 offers. Both offers are in Arizona. Got as faras references in my first interview in CA. She wanted my master teacher. I normally don't list her and usually its fine as I didnt have the best expereince. She didnt give a glowing recommendation while everyone else gave me glowing ones so I didnt get the job.

    Hoping CA. (mostly becuase my application is still being processed in CA so I cant even apply for AZ certification yet!...and an easier move.)
     
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    How do you know the reference wasn't glowing? I have a feeling that might have happened to me, but I can't be sure. When I called the principal said I was in her top 3 and it was going to come down to personality and who would fit best with the other teachers in that grade.
     
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    ohtheplaces---where in florida do you live? Is there a shortage of teachers in Ft. Myers/Naples area---thats where im going after i graduate in december.
     
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    I've been subbing with the district and she had seemed so sure she was going to hire me, but it all came down to references, so I called her, seeking feedback. SHe felt bad she didnt offer it to me and told me why. She told me that she'd consider me for a long term sub and reconsider a permanent the next year.

    Unfortunately, I can't afford to sub a full year in CA...I basically decided if I was going to have to sub another year, I was going to do it in LA (where they pay them well) or Oregon, where I can stay with my family.
     
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    I'm trying to make a decision. I have offers in AZ and interviews keep coming...

    The interview season is really just starting here.. The one I just got back from was a district interview.

    S, I don't know if I should take one in AZ or hang on a little longer.

    Also my AZ certification...is pending yet as I can't apply for it just yet as my credential in CA is still being processed....sigh...at least in CA I have a county certificate while its held up at the comission...
     

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