Didn't get the job

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  1. Buckeye

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    Though I have a teaching job now this was my first REAL interview. The interview for my current position was a joke. Not getting this job sure has hurt my confidence. I have been running the interview through my head and keep questioning everything I said. I keep telling myself that no interview can be as bad as this one was. I had to interview for 45 minutes to a panel of 4 parents and 1 teacher and then 1 hour to a panel consisting of the principal, 2 teachers a board member and the intervention specialist. I looked over 150+ interview questions of which only 2-3 where mentioned in a round about way. Does anyone else feel this discouarged after being turned down for a job? What have you done to build your confidence back up for the next interview?

    I was not home so the principal left me a message informing me of the bad news. She encouraged me to call her and said she would be back in her office on Tuesday. I would really like to call her but I am not sure what to say. I would like to ask her what she feels I could improve on or change but I have a feeling she will not give me a truthful answer. Any suggestions?

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  3. tm91784

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    I'm so sorry that you didn't get the job :( I would go ahead and call her to see what she says. Just ask what suggestions she has and what you need to improve on. I was just a little shocked about the parents being part of the interview. That would be a nightmare for me!
     
  4. MissFrizzle

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    I'm sorry that you didn't get the job. I know how bad the rejection hurts, but she wants you to call her. Some times, after interviewing people don't even get told they didn't get the job, they are just left hanging... only to assume that it went to someone else. So call her, and be eager to get feedback. It probably was a close decision. Feel better.
     
  5. Amers

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    I'm sorry you didn't get the job! You said it was only your first interview though, so don't get too down about it. I didn't get the job at my first interview either, and I did the same thing you're doing now....questioning everything, worrying, etc. Interviews are nerve wracking. You will get better with each one you do. Consider this one practice. Call her back and ask what suggestions she has for you. Don't spend too much time thinking about what you could've/should've said either. You'll make yourself crazy.
     
  6. goopp

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    Definitely call her back on Tuesday. Feedback is always good. I didn't get a job I really wanted last year, and I questioned everything about the interview. I contacted the principal and asked what I could have done differently, and he gave me some great feedback about my portfolio. I followed his advice, and got the next job I interviewed for. There is a job out there for you, but sometimes we have a hard time waiting for that "right" one. Keep interviewing and it will come.
     
  7. Buckeye

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    Thanks so much for your encouragement. I will call the principal and talk to her on Friday. I hope she has advice and can help me land my next job. It is so hard not to think of the could've/should've stuff. I have tried to keep myself busy this weekend so I don't think about it too much.

    Thanks Again,
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  8. meatball77

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    I'd call. Perhaps the principal knows of a job that you should apply for in another school. Do remember that sometimes interviewers know exactly who they are going to hire before the interviewing starts.
     
  9. Research_Parent

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    If the principal is willing to talk...ask her if there is anything on your resume or during your interview where you came across weaker than the person offered the job.

    That way you are aware of the weakness and can be sure to address it at your next interview. Good luck!
     
  10. MrsC

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    I agree with the others, if the principal encouraged you to call you should do it. If she weren't willing to talk to you she wouldn't have made the offer. She will likely be able to give you some valuable feedback that will help you in your search.
     
  11. Aliceacc

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    Absolutely. She will probably give you useful feedback, and you'll be able to use it for your next interview.

    In the meantime, eat chocolate. It's good for the soul.
     
  12. Upsadaisy

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    And remember, there may have been several qualified candidates but only one could have the job. Sometimes, too, it is a matter of 'fit' with the culture of a school. A better placement for you is out there. Go for it.
     
  13. KinderKatie

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    Wow that really sucks that there were 4 parents in your interview. No offense to any parents, but what do they know about teaching/education/etc? Anyway, that must have been scary!

    I do think you should call the principal. She invited you to, so you won't be bothering her. You may learn something from it. And it will show her you are really interested and maybe she will keep you in mind for a future opening.
     
  14. Mrs.Bran

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    Katie,
    As a teacher and a parent I think we know a lot about education. Parents can be an excellent judge of the type of person who is in the classroom. Not to hurt your feelings, but that is a really ignorant statement.

    :eek: :wow: :confused:
     
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    Speaking as both a parent and a teacher, I think a parent's perspective is important. When there is a bad teacher in the classroom, it's the parents who have to pick up the pieces. We're the ones dealing with kids crying over too much homework, or with a child who will NOT get on the bus because he or she hates school or feels the teacher is picking on him or her.

    Very often, administrators are removed from the nitty-gritty aspects of dealing with kids; parents live it 24/7, even when our kids are in school.

    Parents, more than anyone else at that interview, care absolutely about having the best teacher in the classroom. They don't care about the politics, the cost, or whether that person will make a less zealous teacher look bad by comparison. They want only the best for their kids.

    And, for what it's worth, many parents have advanced degrees that probably "beat" those of the teachers in the room. I would like to think that I, as a parent with a Master's Degree and 21 years teaching experience, would have an educated opinion in a teacher interview. LIkewise a doctor or any parent who really loves his or her own child and wants what's best for him or her.
     
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    CALL! I had a principal that was kind enough to arrange a meeting with me and he spent about a half hour discussing how I should have answered the questions. I was humbled but ever so thankful. I still didn't get a job for another 2 or 3 years but I'm glad for my subbing experience and the job I finally got was a gift from God. I got all the great teaching materials and files that the retiring teacher left behind and an awesome team of co-workers. The right job will come!
     
  17. Mrs.Bran

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    Katie,
    The more I think about your response the angrier I get. The idea that parents do not know anything about education is absurd. I am not sure if you already have a job for next year, but if you don't I would work on this belief. Also, not sure if you are a parent. As educators we have to believe that parents are the first and most important educators in a child's life. The amount of time a child spends in a classroom with a teacher is miniscule to the time that they spend with their parents. GRRRRRRRRR.
     
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    NOt to beat the topic to death, but let me tell you about my friend Joyce.

    Joyce is one of the "sucky" parents on our district's interview committee. She has absolutely no teaching experience. She hasn't had a paying job in over 20 years, although she does have her Bachelors.

    Joyce became a single mom of 3 when her twins were infants; her husband was killed by a drunk driver. She has spent the two decades since then raising 3 wonderful girls. All 3 of her girls have won the Girl Scout Gold award (the GS equivalent of Eagle Scout.) Each is involved in sports. Each has had her choice of colleges; the twins will be attending Johnson & Wales and URI; the older sister is graduating from Quinnipiac in a few weeks. All 3 girls are like big sisters to my crew. One of the twins asked yesterday if she could take Brian on a LONG bike ride this afternoon; she wants to get in shape and wouldn't mind the company. (A long bike ride without mom or dad?? This is Brian's dream afternoon.) Their yard is always filled with teenagers-- the kind of kids you love to see and have around.

    Joyce has been active in the PTA since the early 80's. Several years ago she was honored by the district for her volunteer work. She has also worked at Girl Scout cookie coordinator for our county-- a county containing over 50 school districts, so you can get an idea of the magnitude of this volunteer assignment. She helped organize the immediate response to 9/11, working on getting supply donations in to help the responders in nearby NYC.

    So, yeah, I think Joyce is qualified to help interview a teacher.
     
  19. Upsadaisy

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    However, there are parents who have an axe to grind, or who like to stir up trouble, and they sometimes get involved. Hopefully, admin would prevent this from happening, but sometimes they don't.
     
  20. ViolaSwamp

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    Let's try to keep on topic. We aren't discussing the questions raised in the original post any more.
     

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