I have been on a roller coaster of job interviews for the last two months. Most of the interviews I've had, I immediately got a feeling that they already knew who they were hiring and it wasn't me. I had a couple interviews that I really wanted and didn't get. Monday I had another interview. It went okay - it's a very small district so the principal and superintendent both conducted the interview. Super said they had a couple more candidates and were doing second round interviews, then hiring at the June 5th board meeting. I went home, hoping for a call for a second interview sometime before the end of May. Instead, the principal called me that afternoon around 4:30 and said the superintendent had given her permission to offer me the job! I was ecstatic. She told me to talk it over with my husband and call her back the next day. Fast forward to Tuesday - I was subbing and the principal was busy with end of the year stuff and we ended up playing phone tag all day. We finally spoke around 5:00 that evening. I told her I definitely want the position. She then said she would speak to the superintendent and repeated the June board meeting info. Here's where I became confused - she said they actually had a board meeting that evening, but they wouldn't be able to vote on me yet because they still had a couple other candidates. I didnt know what to think when she mentioned the other candidates- did they already have other interviews scheduled and have to follow through with them? Do they have to interview a certain number of people for the board? Of course, I didn't think to vocalize these questions! She did say she would mention to the board that she had a candidate she wanted. I think at this point she said she would call me back next week to make sure I still want the position. I was feeling concerned, so I did think to ask if I should follow through with other interviews I have scheduled. She said YES! She elaborated that she always tells people they need to do what is best for their families. At some point in the conversation, I said I want this job, but I don't want to end up with NO job. I asked her if she was 100% sure she wanted me and she said yes. She said she didn't want to let me get away and again said the superintendent gave her the go-ahead to call me. So now I feel like I'm in limbo - why did she bring up the other candidates? And why did she tell me to continue going on interviews? Is she really just being nice and wants what's best for me??? Some more info - the school is 100% poverty and is not in a desired area. Third grade and up are not meeting standard expectations. I would be teaching first or second grade. It's about a 35 minute commute for me. The starting salary is $6-10 grand less than most neighboring districts. My husband actually worked in the district years ago, so I do know what I am getting into. So do you think the principal is just letting me keep my options open for now or does this seem fishy? She seems like a genuine, caring person so I don't think she will "take the offer back", but I didn't spend nearly as much time with the superintendent. I am sorry this is so long. This job search has been such a stressful experience for me. No elementary teacher shortage here!!!