Charter Schools in PA: Round Robin

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  1. ktmiller222

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    I got an invitation to attend a round robin interview for a popular charter schools in the Pittsburgh area. It's two hours long and I've never heard of a round robin in the education field. Anyone know what would happen in those two hours? I'm debating whether to go or not. I have yet to hear about the a Special Ed position I interviewed for last week and have an aide position as a back up plan. I just feel like I have no luck with landing a full time teaching position anymore I don't know if I should just give up. I would have to take off more time from my summer job to go to this. Thoughts? Ideas?
     
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    Sounds like speed dating to me. Interesting!
     
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    Hi ktmiller222- I have a feeling I know what charter schools these are for. I've been to two of the same round robins if you want advice, send me a PM : )
     
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    A district near me does round robin interviews. They jokingly called it speed dating! They had about 10-15 tables set up with different "populations" at each one (different grade level teams, specialists, parents, admin, and even one for students) and each table had a question or couple of questions to ask. We got about 4-6 minutes at each table. They would ring a buzzer and then we'd rotate to the next table. They would have more than one candidate at each table, which was super awkward because you were "competing" with someone right next to you answering the same question. There were usually 50 or more candidates at each of these "interviews," so I'm assuming they invited anyone whose application/resume was decent. Then they would pick only the top five for panel interviews. It was a large district and I kept getting invited to the round robins, but not chosen in the top 5. I knew all the questions, had practiced them and really thought about the best answers and still wasn't getting chosen for a panel interview, so I just quit applying in that district. It was still during the school year at the time and I had to take time off work for each interview, so it just got to the point where it wasn't worth it for me. If it were summer time I would have probably kept trying.
     
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    Wow----weird!
     
  7. shoreline02

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    I would say go for it! I debated on whether or not to take a phone interview that was scheduled when I would be traveling. I ended up pulling onto the side of the road, had the phone interview and eventually got hired at the district! If I never took the interview, I wouldn't have a job right now. :thumb:
     
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    I'm not from your area but I have been on similar, speed-dating type interviews. I'm going to be honest with you. I hate them! I find them impersonal and it's hard to focus. That said, if you don't go, you're guaranteed NOT to get it. The job hunt can be discouraging, but you have to hang in there and advocate for yourself. Part of that is being relentless. Just prepare for a variety of typical teacher interview questions and go in with a cheerful, open-minded attitude.
     

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