Thank you everyone for all your good wishes. I just came home to both an email and a phone message from the VP telling me that I have not been selected to return for a second interview. I feel like I have been punched. I want to cry but I am waiting til my kids go to bed. My husband can't believe I didn't get called back. I should add that he is a teacher of 23 years experience and has been on many interviewing committees. He has been my cheerleader but also an excellent critic and job coach regarding my applications, answers, interview skills, etc. I am wondering if the vibe I felt-the poker faces etc. right from the beginning were because they had their minds made up already about someone else. Maybe it was just a courtesy interview. I don't know. I just know that with my experience and references, it shouldn't be this hard to get a job. The assistant p. who interviewed me was very nice and said that he had no negative feedback at all and that they were very impressed, etc. but that they had other candidates that were more highly qualified. Well...okay, I guess I can buy that. I haven't taught first, but I have taught second. I also student taught in first and was hired by the local university last year to be a clinical supervisor for a senior in her student teaching assignment in first grade. So I'm good enough to supervise a student but not good enough to teach? I know I should not beat myself up or take it personally but I am crushed. I wrote him a second thank you anyway. And he just wrote me back a very lengthy and super-nice email telling me not to give up and that there was nothing I did wrong or could have done differently, but just that they go for direct experience in the grade being filled whenever possible. He gave me some general job search advice and told me to keep hunting right up til and after school starts. And I'm really curious to hear what the p has to say when I see her again (and find out why she wasn't in the interview process). It's just really tough. There are never more than 50 or 60 elementary positions advertised for my entire STATE at any one time, and that includes special Ed and specialists positions. So you can imagine how many applicants there are for each position. Hundreds to thousands. Time for some chocolate, and lots of it.