How to stall

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  1. giraffe326

    giraffe326 Virtuoso

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    I have two interviews coming up. I have a phone interview tomorrow, and an in-person interview a week from Monday. I don't have super high hopes of being hired from a phone interview (especially in the market I am looking in), but I want to be prepared.

    Phone interview school is 85 miles (Mapquest says 85 minutes) from where I will be living. I will not be able to move closer until my house in North Carolina sells.

    Regular interview is 65 miles (Mapquest says 65 minutes) away.

    They are both in the same county. I will be passing school B's exit to get to school A. Traffic will be a non-issue and it is 98% expressway driving for both of them. I AM worried about winter weather.

    I am also hoping and praying to get an interview in district C. They just posted their jobs on Friday, and I immediately emailed all three principals, the HR person, and the Assistant Superintendent. District C is 22 miles/25 minutes away and I am very familiar with it.

    Obviously, I want to work in the district closest to home (District C). I am unfamiliar with District A and District B, but based on my research they are great schools/districts. I KNOW district C is a fabulous district with great schools. Of course, I may not even get an interview there.

    I am looking for a job in an insanely competitive area. I moved to NC because I only had one interview in two years. (Side note- gaining experience helps! I am up to three interviews this year!) I will take any job I can get. Both (all three) districts are great on paper. I am not in an area where one can be choosy and has time to find 'the right fit'. However, I know district A is only interviewing this week. What if they make their decision and by some miracle they offer me a job this week, how do I postpone until I have interviewed at district B? I obviously want this job- I applied for it. I also knew where it was located when I applied for it, so I feel silly using that as an excuse. Help!
     
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  3. waterfall

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    I would not stress yourself out about it until you know you're in that situation! You don't know that school a/b will offer you a job yet, or that school c won't call really quickly to offer an interview, or that school a/b won't give you a couple of weeks to decide. Wait and see what happens and then deal with whatever the situation actually is.
     
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    I know. I just am unsure what to say if they call. The position I have now I was offered on the spot and I accepted it right there. So, this is completely new to me. How do you possibly say "let me think about it" when you have pretty much asked to work there? It seems silly to me.
     
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    I did that with my first job. I don't think it's that uncommon. They didn't give me much time, but at least I didn't have to answer right then and there. I think I had about two days to decide b/c they wanted to contact the other candidates. You could always say you need to talk to family or something like that too.
     
  6. TryingToTeach11

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    I told them that I was honored to receive the offer, but that I need to talk to my family and make sure it was right for me. With your commute you have a legitimate reason to want to take a moment to consider! Ask when they need to know back by (let them tell you, they may give you longer than you'd give yourself). Depending on the timeline you can tell the other school after you've wowed them with the interview. Say you got another offer, jobs are hard to come by so its hard to turn down but _____,_______,_____ really draws you to their school as your first choice. Let them know when you have to let the other school know by. If you don't have time to wait for the interview, call the school and explain the situation, they may be able to move the interview up.

    I know what you mean about asking for time when you basically begged for the job. I felt so strange doing it, but it ended up working out for the best. Schools want to make sure their teachers are happy and comfortable with their decision to work there.
    You'll do great!
     
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    It's always okay to ask for a little time to think about the offer. You want to make sure you are making the best decision for you, the school, and especially the students.

    If you want to stall even longer, it's okay to ask for more information before making your decision as well. Ask for salary schedule, current teacher's contract (so you can read it over), benefits, whatever you want to know.
     
  8. giraffe326

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    Thanks. I think the phone interview went pretty well. At the end, they asked when I would be in town- I figure if they had NO interest, they wouldn't have bothered to ask!
    From my research (and from my interview that just ended 15 minutes ago), I think it is a really good school. I really liked several of the teachers on the panel, too. (It is hard over the phone, but so far so good). I just don't want to drive 85 miles to work!
    Anyone here want to buy a house :lol: That would solve my problem!
     
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    Yay! I think that is a really great sign! Keep us posted!
     
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    1. Snow in NC? You must be kidding me. I would kill for that light snow again. Try SD, or ND, or MN snow. that is snow. But I understand the stress. Snow is relative to the area.

    2. I am in similar situation. I have a job offer and contract in hand (unsigned at the moment) that is 65 miles. I will never move there. I see it as a one year job.

    I interviewed yesterday for one that is 80 miles away. I would prefer. This one as it is interstate all the way and they close for snow. It is also MS Science. Which I would prefer over the other one. This one I would move to when my house sells AND my daughter grads hs in 2013. My house would sell rather quickly here as it is in the sweet spot price wise AND has a huge lot AND is a wonderful with a brand new roof (thank you hail insurance).
     
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    giraffe326 Virtuoso

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    I'm not applying in North Carolina. I'm trying to move back 'home'.
     
  12. acl1974

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    Yes, snow can definitely ruin a commute in Michigan. I would want to factor that in when deciding between jobs. GOOD LUCK on your interviews :)
     
  13. chasisaac

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    MI? Now that is snow. Snow approval given.

    The other part with snow is the twofold issue. My new school which is non-interstate has snow they are an early one to cancel school. The size of the county and area requires it more often then wehre I live. So how often they cancel is also a factor in driving.
     

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