Feelings About Interviews According to Age

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  1. Ms. I

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    Did you seem to enjoy interviews more when you were younger or older? Other comments?

    Interviews never bothered me. I always viewed them positively & as good practice for myself & I've gotten many jobs I've tried for (teaching & non-teaching).

    I find myself having to go on interviews again after not having to for the past 2 yrs. Overall, I'd rather not have to go through interviews, but I don't dread them.
     
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    Interviews scare the bejesus out of me. I've not had many and always got the jobs I interviewed for prior to starting my career but I had a HORRIBLE experience at my college's career fair with a screening interview right before graduation and I've been scarred since.
     
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    I found that after a couple years of experience I am no longer nervous during interviews. I remember being very nervous when I was interviewing for my first teaching job. Last year I interviewed for one job and got it. This year I had to go on about 15 interviews before getting an offer. I was starting to get really discouraged and annoyed with the entire process. It got to the point where I wasn't even excited when I would get a new interview, and I dreaded people asking me how it went because I was tired of analyzing things, waiting/wondering only to keep getting rejected. My persistence paid off in the end but it was a hard job hunting season for me this year.
     
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    I used to actually enjoy interviews. Now they stress me out - probably because it has been awhile and it seems like a harder environment for applicants now.
     
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    You said this all so well! THis is how I've been feeling lately. It's not the interviewing so much, but the explaining to others how it went and the waiting only to be rejected. I'm still hoping the persistance pays off soon.
     
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    I've only had a couple... I CANNOT believe I was hired after my most recent one. Oh my, it was sad. My voice was shaking terribly, I mispronounced normal words, my eye started twitching like it does when I get extremely nervous...just awful, awful!

    Let me take this opportunity to remind those on interview panels that their mood and attitude can greatly influence candidates.

    :whistle:
     
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    Yes, this. I don't get nervous about them, and I interview pretty confidently, but I feel pretty cynical and jaded about the whole process now.
     
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    :yeahthat:
     
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    I have only done 2 teaching interviews, but I had a lot of practice from other sectors of my life (previous jobs, college interviews, public speaking for various purposes). So I think I am able to keep a level head rather than getting incredibly anxious as I am want to do when stressed.

    Speaking of age, is it weird to be interviewed by a person/people younger than you?
     
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    Interviews have never flustered me....I'm a bit like Alce always described...it's like a cocktail party without drinks and snacks...make it a conversation...connect...shine.
     
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    Nice way to look at it. I have working interview #2 tomorrow. Idk why I am nervous...:unsure: I have plenty of experience being observed.

    What do you guys get more nervous for the actual interview or the demo lesson?
     
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    This has happened to me several times. I can't help but find it a bit depressing because it makes me feel old. However, I always played up my age as a major asset. I have life experience. I'm a mom, so I can relate to parents (no offense to non-parents!) Etc.

    To the OP, I get very nervous before an interview, but I have been told that I interview very well. I do get dry mouth, though. :blush: Then afterwards, I go nutso waiting for the phone call that I hope brings good news.
     
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    I have never particularly enjoyed interviews because they make me extremely nervous.I just recently received a job offer after having four interviews. This is my first time looking for a teaching job--next year will be my first year teaching. I am still interviewing for a summer school position.

    I have gotten better at interviews over the last few years, so I hope that I will continue to improve!
     
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    I get nervous, but I think that I fake confidence really well. I also have good luck. I've been on a total of 4 teaching interviews and I was offered 3 of them.

    I've never been asked to do a demo lesson, but I think I would be more nervous about that.
     
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    This is my motto: Fake it 'til you make it! Works like a charm!
     
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    I've always wished this would work, but panel interviews are very common in CA. For my current job, I had to interview with a panel of 12 people! It was more like an interrogation than a cocktail party. The panel members (now my coworkers) apologized to me after I was hired and said how sorry they felt for us.

    When I used to interview for things like after school programs and day camps, I didn't get very nervous. I knew my experience and education made me overqualified, so I felt confident. When I interviewed for my current job, however, I was REALLY nervous. As I mentioned, it was a really intimidating set up. I thought I did horribly, but I got asked to come in for a demo, so I guess it was ok! I tend to be very critical of myself, though. Maybe the fact that I actually smile and laugh more when I'm nervous worked in my favor? lol... And when I had to do the demo lesson - I was terrified when I got there. I remember sitting in the office waiting to be called back and thinking "How on earth am I going to get through this?" But once I got in there with the kids I felt SO much better. I knew right after that demo that I had a great chance of getting the job (I did get it). I rarely feel that confident.
     
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    They make me nervous just because the job market is SO competitive here. Today I received an email from a district that received one of my resumes during a mass mailing last week. They wanted copies of all my certifications mailed within 48 hours, and they put in the email that they aren't accepting candidates with less than 3 certifications (for a general education elementary ed job).

    It's so difficult to even LAND an interview in this current job market that I get nervous when I do get one, because I don't get many, and I feel the pressure. In the past, to be honest, no...I didn't get all that nervous. I am confident, but when it's SO difficult to get the very few jobs that are available...the pressure is really on. Things have changed a great deal even in the last 5 years around here.
     
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    I've generally felt like I've interviewed well. I've only had two interviews where I haven't gotten the job, and in both cases, I was told I interviewed well, but that the other person had more experience with this particular grade level. I did have one interview that went absolutely terrible. It was for a French job, and I anticipated the interview was simply to gauge my oral fluency. I was prepared to basically chat in French. The job was a half time job, and I was already half time at the school, so it fit perfectly. My principal wanted me for the job, I just had to prove that I was capable of the French aspect. Well, it turns out the interviewer actually wanted to give me a job interview in French. I was completely flustered, and not anticipating it. I didn't know the curriculum, I didn't know pedagogical vocabulary in French. I stumbled my way through it, it was absolutely atrocious.

    But I got the job. (I was told this was a one time thing, and since it was only an LTS she could do it, but that I shouldn't anticipate teaching French ever again. Two years later, and I'm still teaching French (though it's a small portion of my teaching load).
     
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    I just realised I lied. I've had three interviews that didn't turn into jobs. Most recently it was after a phone interview, as I was sick with bronchitis. My mind was a bit of a fog after that one, so I wasn't surprised not to get the job. I was surprised when she asked me to make sure I apply for the next opening though.
     
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    I have definitely seen things like this - demanding extra, unneeded certifications just for the heck of it. I once saw an ad for a 4th grade gen ed teacher position that wanted Elem. Ed. cert, reading specialist (which I believe requires a Master's in reading), and "highly qualified" (which means add. middle school certs) in math and science. Note that in NJ (and I believe NY as well) you can't just take a test. You must have 15 undergrad or grad credits in that content area for middle school and 30 credits in that content area for high school in addition to the test so it's not that simple to get multiple secondary certifications.

    Oh, and the school also wanted experience at that grade level. So I guess if you had 10 years of experience teaching K-3 or 5th grade, it wouldn't count. :eek:hmy: It is crazy competitive!
     
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    And yet at the same time, school districts don't seem willing or able to pay for the extra experience and credentials that their job listings demand. I have lost out on at least three positions to green beginners.
     
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    Are you me?
     
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    Beginners DO NOT get hired around here. As a teacher, you have to get your masters eventually in New York State, so it's not as much of a negative to apply with a masters as I think it might be in other parts of the country. I don't know anyone who was hired in my area right out of college/grad school. Pretty much everyone I know from my program is either subbing or working as a TA; no one has their own classroom.

    Exactly! It's the same way in New York, not as simple as taking an exam for another certification. I've seen more than one opening for an elementary LEAVE REPLACEMENT (not even a probationary position) for a general education classroom teacher that specified that candidates must have the following certifications: Early Childhood, Childhood, Special Ed, and then they added that candidates with Literacy certification would be preferred (prior experience too). It's an employers market at there, they can ask for whatever they want and get it.

    I suppose it's also a good way to weed out hundreds upon hundreds of candidates for one position. Needless to say, I overnighted copies of my certifications at the post office during my lunch today.

    I think this is why interviews make me so nervous; once you jump through all the hoops and you actually get one, I kind of hype it up and get anxious over thinking the whole thing. Plus they don't happen all that often, so I feel as though I don't have too much experience.
     
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    I actually like panel interviews, from both sides of the table!
     
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    I used to be nervous when I was younger and right out of college. However, the more interviews I went on, the more relaxed and confident I became.

    I completely agree. I once went on an interview where the principal had an extremely cold demeanor and glared at me the entire time. I felt very unwelcome and couldn't think straight.
     
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    Ugh my neck turns bright red right before interviews. It's so annoying. Of course it turns bright red when I'm excitedly teaching my students something too, or when I get great news, when I'm happy, anxious, or basically - if you look at me the wrong way I turn red.

    Luckily I'm used to it so I don't come across nervous in interviews. I actually really enjoy interviews and love talking about my passion for teaching.
     
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    When I started interviewing for general ed elementary teaching jobs 5 years ago, fresh out of college, I was a nervous wreck. I scored 7 interviews one summer that amounted to no job offers.

    I took a 2 year hiatus, during which I earned my master's in special education and worked as a SPED associate.

    This year, I interviewed for 5 SPED positions, 2 of which offered me a job, with 1 telling me I was neck and neck with another candidate and ended up going with the other. Nonetheless, the principal assured me I would be snatched up very quickly (and she was right)!

    So, what changed? My mom thinks some of it is to do with my age and maturity, since I'm still young (read: impressionable) but have gained more life experience.

    Sometimes confidence in interviewing comes from what you have for experience, as well as the sincere passion for what you're interviewing for. I dang near cried when answering why I wanted to teach SPED in a few interviews!! THAT'S how passionate I am in the field. However, I also know my content, and I know how the system works, more or less. When I interviewed for gen. ed. teaching positions, I still had the passion, but I didn't quite have the experience to date. As a SPED teacher, I now have 2 years of subbing, 2 years as a SPED associate, along with additional schooling. These extra experiences have given me numerous examples to use in interviews for just about any question they might ask me.

    So, I'd say - interviewing might change with age, but it's really not just the chronological number of age. It's more about the life experience that you bring to the job, and that's not necessarily "job experience." It's the fact that you know what to do when you get the job, your passion, and your overall personality.
     

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