When to Stop Interviewing

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  1. Xidous003

    Xidous003 Companion

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    My question is very basic. I have been given a job verbally, but no contract. Is it ok to keep interviewing until you sign a written contract? I don't wanna get a 'fast one' pulled on me is all.
     
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  3. AlwaysAttend

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    Keep interviewing until you have a contract. I had an HR person tell me once a principal circumvented his authority and told someone they were hired. I guess the position fell through but only after the person had quit their current job.
     
  4. Nichole906

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    Congrats on the offer! I agree with AlwaysAttend. When I did my student teaching, a few of the teachers warned me to be wary until I had a signed contract because sometimes things fall through. I'd say keep interviewing.
     
  5. leighbball

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    I agree to keep interviewing...some Ps will not hire you once they know you have an offer (a P once told me my word is too important to go back on it), but until you have that formal paperwork, its a good idea to keep trying! Things fall through at times and you want to take care of yourself.
     
  6. stampin'teacher

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    I say keep interviewing. Unless you get something in writing, you're not contractually obligated to anything. Better to keep interviewing on the small chance something falls through.
     
  7. catnfiddle

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    Agreeing with PPs. Get it in writing before you stop interviewing.
     
  8. CCinIL

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    Yes, keep interviewing until there is a contact!!!!! Things can fall through. I had a job offer retracted 2 hours before the contract signing because the current teacher decided to stay at the last minute. I am still kicking myself for having wasted 2 weeks of not applying to jobs or interviewing. Lesson learned! Until it's in writing, keep your options open!
     
  9. wanting2teach

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    Yes, keep interviewing until you sign!
     
  10. BruinsFan63

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    There are lots of steps after the P offers the job, usually a school board has to approve you or the superintendent. So I would definitely keep trying, then contact any school you interview with once you have the actual contract.
     
  11. Nichole906

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    What is the policy for nearby districts? Meaning, accepting a verbal offer and then continuing to interview in the same or nearby districts. I assume principals talk to each other - wouldn't there be some kind of fallout if word got out that I was continuing to interview after already accepting a verbal offer? (Hypothetically speaking, for now :) )
     
  12. mopar

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    Congrats on the offer, but keep interviewing just in case.
     
  13. reddies88

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    I am in the same situation. I have verbally agreed to teach at one school, but have an interview with my "dream district" tomorrow. What if I fall in love with that school? Wouldn't it be tacky to withdraw my "agreement" at the first school?
     
  14. geoteacher

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    It happens all the time. Until you have a signed paper, don't cancel anything. This is a case where you need to look out for yourself and make sure that you have a job in the fall.
     
  15. Nichole906

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    Is a letter of intent (since all district contracts are still being negotiated) good enough to stop interviewing?

    Sorry for all the questions - I think I've read to many horror stories here to feel safe without a contract.
     
  16. mkbren88

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    Now you all have me worried! I haven't signed my contract yet, but I have keys to the building, and was able to move stuff into my classroom. I am waiting for everything to finalize with HR, which should be by this or next week.

    I know the principals in districts talk, so if I was given a verbal in one district, I would not go to other interviews in that district.
     

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