Freaking Out About "Offer"

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  1. itseemstome

    itseemstome Rookie

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    So, can anyone help me get some clarity on this?

    I interviewed for an English position nearly a month ago and had a FABULOUS interview. I got a call that evening asking me to come in the following day to meet one other person. When I did that, I was told that the English position was filled, but I had been their 2nd choice. Now they were considering me for an open Reading position. I did a slam dunk with that, as well.

    I got an email from the principal the following business day saying that they were offering the position to a Reading teacher considering moving to the area and were giving her one week to make her decision. After that week was up I would hear from the principal either telling me 1) the other teacher accepted OR 2) offering the job to me.

    I patiently waited that week and then received another email from the principal stating that the other teacher did not accept, but was having reservations about my ability to manage the class (this will be my first teaching position) and asked for my thoughts. I immediately sent him an email thoroughly explaining my classroom management techniques and extolling my complete confidence in my abilities.

    A few days later I got an email from him saying he was going on vacation until around July 16th. When he got back he would contact me to see if I would accept the Reading position.

    Sounds kind of like an offer, right?

    But, here it is July 18th and still no phone call!!!!

    I'm freaking out! I've already left him one voice mail message....

    Why do you think he is stringing me along so?
     
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  3. Aliceacc

    Aliceacc Multitudinous

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    I don't think he's stringing you along; I think he's busy.

    Understandably, this is life or death for you (or feels that way at least!) I'm guessing that, in his mind, the interview is over, he knows who he wants, and there are a bazillion crises happening in his office.

    It's probably too late today, but give him a call tomorrow.
     
  4. JaimeMarie

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    I hope you have been applying to other positions in different schools.
     
  5. LouiseB

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    I really don't know what that was all about with the principal but I would just keep forging away for new interviews and hopeful that this one eventually turns out.

    I know of a principal's wife whose husband resigned from his job and began looking for something else. During that long process (which lasted 4 months, she said that the waiting after an interview was incruciating. She then told her husband that if he ever gets back on the interviewer side again, he needs to realize those who interview are waiting for an answer! Don't leave them hanging! I think that Alice is right. They know what they want to do but get busy with something else and that goes on the backburner.
     
  6. kidatheart

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    I hope that you get the phone call tomorrow telling you to start planning your room!! Good luck.
     
  7. itseemstome

    itseemstome Rookie

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    Thanks all! I sincerely hope that he has just extended his vacation and will get back with me before the week is over. I have started resuming my search... I would truly like to work at this school, though.

    Has anyone else had this drawn out of an experience?

    LouiseB - I like your story - maybe principals just don't realize how caught up all of us job seekers are in the search.
     
  8. srh

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    Alice is (as usual!) absolutely right. I have been hanging out quite a bit in our office this summer (my classroom is being built!), and I can attest to my principal's schedule. It is just crazy. Factor in that mine is just starting his second year, and has about eight classroom switches he's made, a new curriculum specialist, and the usual "under fire" deadlines before school starts. He is awesome about responding to people, though; some people just are not that good at communicating. I'd say, relax, but make a phone call if you don't hear something by Thursday. He will not mind if he's interested! The last thing you want to do is have to wait until after the weekend to hear anything!! At the very least, say a prayer that he writes you back tomorrow morning!! :-D
     
  9. Xgomenara9

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    Don't WORRY!

    I think that his consideration for you in another position even thouhg you didn't apply for it is a big plus. I think he is busy.
     
  10. itseemstome

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    Update!

    So, I got a voicemail from the principal and he said he has "recommended me electronically to HR" and that I should be hearing from them soon. He's going to be in and out of town, but he gave me his cell phone number to keep him in the loop with how that goes.

    What in the HECK does that mean??? What is HR going to do?

    When am I going to know whether I have this job or not?
     
  11. JaimeMarie

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    Call his cell and ask him. Tell him you have a couple other offers but his school is your first choice. Maybe he can speed up the process.
     
  12. kidatheart

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    OR call the HR office directly and ask them what the next step in the process is. Ask them what you can do, what paperwork you can provice, etc, to make the process run more smoothly.
     
  13. worrywart

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    It is true that they are busy, but honestly, the more time they take seriously ups the chances that their candidate will be taken by another district. SO, if they were very concerned, they would make it happen more quickly.

    Good luck..keep looking till you get that call! And call human resources, they will know more than he does about it.
     
  14. JenL

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    first CONGRATS!
    HR is usually just a hoop you have to jump through. i know here the principal really chooses who they want to hire but then HR has to approve and actually do all the paperwork.
    i would do exactly what kidatheart said and call HR directly. no need to bother the very busy prinicipal when it is not up to him/her anymore.
     
  15. itseemstome

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    Thanks again, guys! I did leave a message on the principal's cell phone last night asking for clarification, but haven't heard anything back (can't say I'm surprised).

    I just left a message in the HR department asking the same of them. And then I sent an email to the HR coordinator. I have a feeling they are closed on Fridays...

    This timing just stinks because I am currently working an office job and I'm having to commit to things that I don't think I will be able to do assumming I get this job. I wish I just knew for sure so I could put my two weeks notice in. The way this is happening is pushing me very close to the start of new teacher training!
     
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    Another question: at this stage, can anyone give me reasons why I may not be hired?
     
  17. TeacherC

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    It seems like as long as everything clears in HR, you should be fine. They usually do fingerprints/background check kind of things. Good luck!
     
  18. computergirl

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    It sounds to me like you'll be getting the job, itseemstome. If the principal tells HR about you, I think you're in. I'm a paraprofessional with HEBISD, and just completed Texas Teacher's Alt Certification this month, and am now taking my content area tests. What ISD did you interview with?

    Alison
     
  19. itseemstome

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    Computergirl - I interviewed with Plano ISD. I am alt cert, too, which is kind of why I'm freaking out about this. I've never been hired by a district before, so I'm not sure what it is they need to finalize.

    I know my background will check out fine... I just hope nothing alt cert -related comes back to bite me.

    And, as I said above, I believe their HR offices may be closed on Friday, which means I have to go through ANOTHER weekend of wondering...

    I'm still looking at other options, but none seem to be available right now....
     
  20. azreader

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    I agree that HR is just a loop you have to jump and it is basically for them and for you to do the required stuff like fingerprint, TB test, etc. after they do the background check.

    Over here, it is also the principals that decide and HR will see to it that you have the necessary documents on file, etc.

    CONGRATS!
     
  21. fratbrats

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    Alison,

    Were you at the Dallas Texas Teachers or the Fort Worth one that was at Arlington? I was at the Arlington one. I just received my SPED study guide today. I passed the EC-4 exam in June, but didn't realize that it was so hard to find a position. I'll take my SPED exam next month.
    Sheri
     
  22. worrywart

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    Once the principal recommends you, they check your references etc. then call and offer you the position. Good luck!!!
     
  23. WindyCityGal606

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    That's my recommendation...deal with HR directly.
     
  24. itseemstome

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    Thanks, again, for all of your responses!

    I received another email from the principal on Friday asking me, again, to let him know when I hear from HR. Then he said he looks forward to changing lives with me this coming school year and hopes I'm ready for the challenge.

    Soooo, I suppose he feels confident that I'll be receiving an offer soon. He is out on vacation again.

    Of course, I just received a call from another principal at a different school wanting to set up an interview with me ASAP! We decided on tomorrow afternoon, but obviously I'd rather not go if I'm going to get an offer from the other district.

    I think I'm going to call HR again and see if I can't get a timeline from them....
     
  25. fratbrats

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    Yes. I'd call HR, let them know that you really, really want this position. It's a great fit! But, you are getting calls for other interviews, so you want to know more about the timeline for this position.

    Sounds great! I wish I had Principal's fighting over me!

    Take care, Sheri
     
  26. willsgirl

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    I was raised in the DISD, and my (former) SIL graduated from Plano many years ago. If Plano is still like it used to be, I would be pressing those HR people so much. Let me just say, based on my experiences from my younger years, I would fight tooth and toenail to get into that district.

    Good luck to you. Go on the other interview for some perspective, and some backup just in case. You know, word travels...if the Plano principal hears that you might be looking, and he really wants you, maybe he'll put a fire under HR.
     

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