Short notice for interviews

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  1. JoanPD

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    Is normal to have such short notice for interviews, as in they are scheduled either that week or the week after.

    Right now I'm working a retail job to pay the bills while I look for a teaching position. It seems like when I get called for an interview it is usually no more than a week away, requiring me to find someone to cover my shift for me as to get a day off they need two weeks advanced noticed.
    Also it seems when schools are doing interviews, it is only that one day that they are doing them as well.

    I just got a call today about and interview for two days from now. At least with the week lead time I have more time to find someone to cover my hours.

    Has anyone else noticed anything like this before?
     
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  3. dgpiaffeteach

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    Yes. From my experience that is always how it's like here.
     
  4. anon55

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    Yes this is standard. The worst I've ever had is for the next day. The best is like 1 week
     
  5. anon55

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    Yes this is standard. The worst I've ever had is for the next day. The best is like 1 week
     
  6. geoteacher

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    That's standard here also. At best, you might be called for a Monday interview on Thursday or Friday.
     
  7. Leaborb192

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    They do because they collect all the resumes and contact potential candidates for a certain day. And then up here, it moves to round 2 and 3 of the interviews which is usually: teaching a mock lesson and then interviewing with the Super.
    At least if it's just ONE interview they can let you know ASAP whether you've got the job or not.
     
  8. MrsC

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    I had two hours notice for my last interview (and I was teaching gym right up until half an hour before the interview--no time to change!). I'd say that a few days notice is pretty standard.
     
  9. heatherberm

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    Yep, I don't think I've ever had more than a week's notice and it's usually been a bit less than that. When I was in a long-term sub placement, doing interviews for a full-time position the following year, I had to call in "sick" a few times at the last minute. It's not convenient, but I think it's pretty normal.
     
  10. MissScrimmage

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    Standard here, too. I was called Friday at 5:00 p.m. for an interview on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. and I had to come prepared with a 30 minute presentation as part of the interview. Needless to say I didn't sleep that weekend!!! But I aced the interview!
     
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    Yup. I've had lots of next-day-interviews
     
  12. teacherintexas

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    Yes. I've even had one same day interview. (Got the job, by the way.)
     
  13. Education4all

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    Absolutely normal.
     
  14. Peregrin5

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    Yes, especially if they are filling mid-year positions. They need a teacher in the classroom right away. If they are giving you a time that doesn't work for you, call them back and ask to reschedule for a different time either after your shift or during your lunch break. While the interviews usually happen as soon as possible, they're usually flexible about what time of day they hold the interviews (at least they are in the summer, when there are no kids; in the middle of the year it might be different).
     
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    I received a call once for an interview a few minutes after I dropped off the resume. Just turned the car around and headed back to the school. Luckily, it was summer and they requested casual dress.
    I have never had more than a day or two notice.

    In education, schools try to fill jobs quickly. They want to get the best candidates before another school snatches them up.
     
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    I think that it's pretty unrealistic to expect notice of two weeks or more for an interview in just about any field.
     
  17. MrsC

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    Another thing to realize is that, in many areas, there may be hundreds of applicants for an open position; if you aren't able to be available when interviews are scheduled, there will be many who are.
     
  18. IloveSF

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    I had a next day one just today. Only had my hopes up for a little over 24 hours before they were dashed once again.
     
  19. TeacherNY

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    I would make all of my retail shifts in the evening hours so I would be free in the daytime for interviews. You have to be ready, willing, and able to attend all interview opportunities.
     
  20. newteacher99

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    Very normal. Usually I get maybe one day's notice.
     
  21. miss-m

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    That was my experience, though that's pretty limited - over the summer I had two teaching interviews. One I was called for 2 days before the interview (which is the job I now have), and the other I got called for the day before. My current job was a really fast turnaround. I applied on a Monday, got called on Tuesday, interviewed Thursday, and got the offer the following Monday.

    Even with other jobs though, most of my interviews have been scheduled within the week. It seems like it would be difficult to schedule interviews much further out than that just because of the need to hire someone!
     

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