Got a call for an interview! But I can't make the day/time!!

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  1. 3littlemonkeys

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    Help!

    I finally got a phone call in response to one of my resumes. It's the only one I've gotten. It was an asst. principal saying they're setting up interviews on a certain day later this week and would like to know if I could come in at either 1:00 or 3:00. I absolutely want to be there...except...on that day at 2 pm I am due to be at the airport to greet my boyfriend returning home for leave from a deployment. The school is 45 minutes away. There is no way I can make either interview time. And I can't very well not be at the airport. But this is my only interview request so far. Since they're interviewing multiple potential teachers, I'm worried that if I ask for another day/time, they'll just tell me no as they have others to pick from. Anything else I would blow off for this. But...this is my bf's welcome home. It's been 8 months.

    What's the likelihood of them working with me to set up another time? What can I say to boost my chances of them still wanting to meet with me?
     
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  3. geoteacher

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    I would definitely explain your situation and see what they say. However, be prepared for them to say that another day is not available. It takes time and planning to assemble an interview team.
     
  4. kpa1b2

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    It's been my experience that they will not be willing to work with you. But. . . explain the situation to them & see what they say. Keep in mind that many times there is more then 1 person interviewing (i.e. panel interview) & this is the day that everyone can meet to interview with the other things going on as summer wraps up.

    If they can't give you another time, then you need to make a decision: meet your bf at the airport or take an interview that may lead to a full time teaching job. How difficult is it in Texas to find a teaching job?
     
  5. ShoelessGal

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    Your boyfriend can wait a couple hours imo.. I would have a heart to heart with him about how hard it is to land an interview in this economy. I think he would understand.

    If you're not flexible for an interview, will you ever be flexible?
     
  6. Jerseygirlteach

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    I agree. Definitely explain your situation in full. Maybe they can meet with you in the morning? I certainly hope they can accomodate you.

    ETA - I agree with geoteacher. I think the "If you can't be flexible about an interview, can you ever be flexible" is pretty unfair. You're boyfriend has served his country and been away from home for months. I completely understand you wanting to honor your commitment to him.

    You can at least ask if they can accomodate you. If they say no, then you can make a decision from there.
     
  7. TeachTN

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    I've had principals who were very willing to work with me on a time for interviewing, never had a situation where they couldn't. I would definitely explain that you have a close relative returning from deployment on that day. Like kpa1b2 said, if they absolutely can't alter from that time, then you do have to make the tough decision.
     
  8. Mathemagician

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    Who's more likely to be flexible: your boyfriend or the interview team? I guess it couldn't hurt to ask, BUT perhaps you could make it up to your boyfriend with a nice dinner or something?

    Usually I would tell people to try and reschedule the interview, BUT it is getting later and since you haven't scored a ton of interviews,.....
     
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    I would def. ask them. Personally, I think they should try to accommodate a returning veteran. Good heavens, he has been risking his life for them and everyone else.

    If they can't, because they cannot reschedule staff etc. then I don't know what to tell you. I can just imagine how your bf would feel sitting there without you to greet him. But maybe he'd understand....some people would, some would not.

    Sorry, this is a tough one!
     
  10. 3littlemonkeys

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    Thank you. As I said, for anything else, I would absolutely reschedule the "something else" and make the interview my first priority. This is just a tough situation.

    Edited to add: I'm his ride home from the airport. He doesn't have his car there, obviously, or even his house key...he kinda needs me to bring him home. I could of course try to make other arrangements, but it's rather last minute now. Argh.

    I'll call them and see what they say, and go from there.
     
  11. Mathemagician

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    On the bright side, if you call them and tell them about the situation with your bf, and they don't agree to interview at another time, but you decide then to go to the interview anyway, they will see your commitment to getting a job.
     
  12. 3littlemonkeys

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    Called back, got voicemail...so waiting for a call back now.
     
  13. ShoelessGal

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    Sorry monkey, I didn't mean to come off as heartless. I would just hate to see a good opportunity pass by! I agree with mathemagician though. If you decided to go to the interview after explaining your situation, it would probably give you brownie points!

    Would your boyfriend consider having a couple adult beverages at the airport bar for an hour or so while he waits? :p
     
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    Thanks. I'm sure the admins could possibly see it from the point of view you posted and I don't want that.

    I'm messaging him now...he doesn't seem too thrilled. I really hope they will offer another time for the interview or I'm going to have to make a very tough decision.
     
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    Could someone else (from his family or yours, even a friend) pick up your boyfriend at the airport? The interview season is winding down, and this is your first interview. I'd hate for you to cancel it and make a decision that could affect your life for the next year.
     
  16. Pisces_Fish

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    Wow, this is one tough call.

    I say try to reschedule first (explaining your very unique situation) and if that doesn't work ask the bf to wait. But from his perspective, I can see why he might feel hurt :(

    What a stinky situation, please keep us posted!
     
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    Gosh! This is a tough situation for sure. In knowing that this has been your only call, I would make EVERY effort to be at the interview. Hopefully, they can squeeze you in earlier. If not, do the 1:00pm time. Yes, you will be late getting to the airport. BUT, the reality is... it make take "some time" for him to depart from the plane. AND, even though you each want to see each other badly, you also have to keep in mind your career. Hope I am not sounding heartless here... boyfriend will be around. This interview won't always be.
     
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    This is a tough one. I know how you feel because my hubs is gone on a mission too. I would explain your situation to the AP and ask for another interview time. Could you do it earlier that same day? Could bf maybe just wait at the airport until your interview is over? I know that's not the best situation, but it might be the only one available.
     
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    If I was your BF and knew that teaching is something that you've been wanting to do for a very long time...I would tell you to take the interview and I'd stick it out at the airport for a few hours until you're done. Sure it's not what I pictured when I knew I was coming home, but I'd do it because I'd have you're best interest at hand. That's just what I would do... :2cents:
     
  20. leighbball

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    :hugs: That's a tough situation. I hope they are able to reschedule your interview.
     
  21. 3littlemonkeys

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    Well good news--they can meet with me at 12:30. He shouldn't be off the plane, through the airport, etc till about 2:30. So that gives me time. Just barely, but enough :)

    So YAY! I have an interview!! Now to get ready!
     
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    Yay! That's good news! Good luck!:)
     
  23. Mathemagician

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    That's great! And I've always felt the earlier interviewees had an advantage--this is a good move.
     
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    Great news!!! Good luck on your interview!
     
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    WOOHOO! Awesome! Now hopefully you can pick up the boyfriend and bring him some GOOD NEWS! :):):)
     
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    Glad it all worked out!
     
  27. czacza

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    Now knock that interview out of the park!
     
  28. Pisces_Fish

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    That's fantastic news! Now you'll just have to be in school-mode when you're just hours away from seeing your man! ;)
     
  29. leighbball

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    Yay!!! :)
     
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    Now go rock that interview and make the panel glad that they rescheduled for you because they will get a super teacher!
     
  31. ShoelessGal

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    giddy up, go get 'em girl!
     
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    Glad it worked out! Good luck!
     

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