I got an interview :)

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  1. Linguist92021

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    Finally after applying to 4 jobs in the past 2 months I got an interview! The P called me today, have it set up for Wednesday. He seemed like a very down to earth person, I had an awesome conversation with him on the phone.

    I would love this job! I'm the type of person, that I only apply for a job if I would absolutely love it; I can't send out random applications. This is a school that serves at-risk youth, they're not locked up, but they do live there, and most of them referred through the judicial system, so I think it's about the same thing. Before I applied I checked out everything and I was very impressed with their program. So I feel really good about this.

    It's faaaar. I should say it's in a "galaxy far, far away".
    Driving distance from here is about 9 hours (so I'm not sure if I'll fly or drive and stay over for the interview). And it's out in the nowhere. I have a feeling not a lot of people want to go out there because the P was telling all the great things about the school, as if he was trying to sell me on it :)

    So question: I don't have a portfolio, and they have all the documents they asked for from my application. What should I bring?
    I was thinking copies of everything just in case, a sample lesson plan, and a print out of my educational philosophy.

    Any suggestions?
    Thank you!
     
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    A few travel tips.

    If you fly, make sure not to be on the last flight of the day, try to have some contingency plans if your flight is badly delayed or cancelled. If the weather at the destination is hopeless they might be closed, but if it's bad where you are or where you connect, it can be bright and sunny there and you still can't get there.

    If you drive, I always rent cars for long drives like that rather than putting 1000 miles of wear and tear on my car. You can sometimes get some great rental car deals on Hotwire. I'm not saying this is common, but a few weeks ago I got a midsize for $12 a day including all taxes with unlimited mileage. Heck, you'll probably need to rent a car when you get there anyway. Check out Hotwire and Priceline for hotels too.
     
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    Thanks for the tips! I definitely don't have experience with this kind of travelling.

    So far this is what I'm thinking:
    I think flying is better because a roundtrip ticket is about $250, although I haven't checked everywhere, so maybe I can get a better deal. (although I thought I could get something under $200)
    It seems that there are 1 or 2 flights in the morning only, I would take the early morning one, and then take an afternoon one back.

    If I was driving I would definitely rent a car, I wouldn't trust mine. But because it's about 8 hours away I would have to drive up, rent a hotel room and drive back the next day, I think financially it would be about the same as flying (gas can really add up, too) . Even considering that I have to rent a car up there.

    So so far I'm thinking I'll fly. I checked the weather, it's pretty much the same as it is here.
     
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    Linguist, I'm thrilled for you! That's quite a commute - but one surmises that you've located your niche.

    As for what you're planning to take, sounds good.
     
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    I'm sooooo stoked for you, Linguist! Is the job here in CA?
     
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    Thank you TG and YTG :)
    The job itself is actually in Nevada (it's so far that you actually have to cross state lines, just a little) but it's ran by a California county office, so they need California credential and I don't have to transfer anything. I didn't want to be employed in another state, it's bad enough that if I get the job I'll have to get new driver's license, car registration, etc. A lot of hassle, but oh well.

    One of the teacher's at the school today said she heard about that program. She said one of her ex-boyfriends graduated from there. He's now a doctor :) Must be a great program !
     
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    Probably a naive question, but could you still live in CA where it's close to the border? That way you wouldn't have to go through all that work? Or is there no city close enough in CA?

    And, congrats on the interview!! In this day and age, just getting an interview deems a celebration. :rolleyes:
     
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    It would be too far. I would have to drive over an hour (maybe an hour and a half) just one way and the place would be out in the nowhere. So it woudn't be worth it.

    This way I can live in a fair size city and drive maybe 30-40 minutes. I could live in the same town, and then I would be very close, but I don't think I would do well in a town with only 3000 people.

    This is probably a weird question - and I'm pretty sure I'm wrong- could I keep everything California, if I get a PO box on the California side and I'd be employed by California? Or it has to be the physical address?
     
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    You might want to check, but if memory serves, Nevada does not levy state income tax.
     
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    Interesting. Nevada has no income tax, but wouldn't I pay California state income tax? I really don't know anything about this.
     
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    I'm pretty sure you can't be liable for tax on exactly the same income to two different states at the same time... and it seems to me that tax is assessed based on one's official domicile, not on where the job is located. I'm pretty sure that a resident of Moorhead, MN who works across the river in Fargo, ND is paying Minnesota taxes, not Fargo taxes. I'm also pretty sure that someone who leaves her family behind in Moorhead while she works in Corpus Christi, TX is going to be paying Minnesota state taxes, not Texas taxes - though this would be a very good question to put to a tax accountant.
     
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    There is a newsgroup, misc.taxes.moderated, where you could put the tax question. I personally don't see much reason to live in CA if you work in NV.

    Reregistering your car, DL, voting, takes an afternoon. No biggie.

    For me, 9 hours is over the threshold of what's worth drivng, for me it's about 6-7. But yes, if you fly, you have to rent a car and a hotel. Again, check Hotwire and Priceline. I usually pay $70 at most for 3-star hotels, and you probably don't need that. Don't drive if you're going to be shagged out after the trip.

    Of course you could always look for a profession where employers pay the interview expenses ;)
     
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    It can be complicated...many in my area live in NJ and work in NYC..

    Heres's a scenario of a couple who live in NJ, husband works in Manhattan

    ".The basic answer is that you will not be “double-taxed”. You will receive a credit on the NJ return for the state income tax you pay to NY on your husband’s wages. However, as with anything involving taxes, it ain’t quite that simple.

    If you live in one state (New Jersey) and work in another (New York) you must first pay state income tax to the state in which you work (New York) on the wages earned in that state. The non-resident state (New York) will not directly (see below) tax you on your other income (i.e. NJ wages and self-employment earnings, interest, dividends, capital gains, etc.).

    The state where you live (New Jersey) will tax you on all of your taxable income from all sources, including wages earned in another state (New York). Your resident state (New Jersey) will allow you to claim a credit for any non-resident state income tax paid to another state (New York) on income taxed by both states.

    Your husband will have New York state income tax withheld from his wages. He will probably not have New Jersey state income tax withheld.

    He will have to file a New York State Form IT-203 – Nonresident and Part Year Resident Income Tax Return. The way this works is that first you calculate the NY state income tax liability as if you were a full-year NY resident – reporting all income for the year that is taxable to a NY resident and claiming all deductions for the year allowed for a NY resident. You then divide your New York State Adjusted Gross Income from New York State sources (in this case the wages earned from your husband’s employment in NY) by your New York State Adjusted Gross Income from all sources (as if you were a full-year resident) – and multiply the result by the NY state income tax liability you had initially calculated as if you were a full-year resident."

    http://wanderingtaxpro.blogspot.com/2007/10/ask-tax-pro-state-taxes-for-nj-resident.html?m=1

    I'm sure tax laws vary geographically...best to consult an expert.;)
     
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    Good luck!! I applied to a similar school but did not go on the interview because I realized it was too far away. The pay was too low to consider such a commute. It does seem like an interesting place to work and requires a special person. Sounds like you're it!
     
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    Well congratulations on landing the interview. I wish you best of luck!
     
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    Congrats on the interview and good luck!!
     
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    Thank you guys :)
    Wow, all this tax thing is very complicated. I don't understand most of it, I think it's too early and I need coffee. But the bottom line is that if I do get this job, I would be living in one state and work for another. No husband though, only 1 income :)

    I think Im going to rent a car and drive. I talked to my mom last night and after we analyzed the situation I think driving is better. I would spend about the same money (or less) and I would have more felxibility with time, not having to make sure I catch the plane, return the rental car, etc.

    I can drive up on Tuesday after work, (get there late), have most of the day Wednesday for the interview and if it goes well, look around, etc. My daughter can stay with a friend from school, so that is not a problem.

    I always hear that we must research the school for a good interview. This school / program definitely has a lot of info on it out there, so I feel really good about that. I know exactly what their focus is, what they were trying to improve, the things they're proud of, how I can fit in, and how I can contribute.
    I always wondered how to do that with 'regular' schools, they're not that unique (compared to this) and there isn't that much to go on. At least that's what I think.
     
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    Depending on which part of NV this place is located in, there might not be anyplace nearby to live in NV. Most of the state, like 90%, is rural desert. The closest livable city may well be in CA.
     
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    Good luck! :)
     
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    Actually it's the other way around. I don't want to give too much details here, but the the school is in a teeny tiny town that is about 45 minutes or so from a small city, which is another 20 minutes or so from a larger city (even that is still much smaller than the city Im living in now). All these are in Nevada. Couldn't live in the larger city, too much driving to work, but the smaller city is ok.

    There is nothing in California that's close, and even if there was that would be even further from any of these.
    The school is ran by California, but it's located in Nevada. But living in California is completely out.
     
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    Stay in your current home and find a good CPA if you get the job. I'm sure this is fairly common. So thrilled you're getting this opportunity!
     
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    I can't stay in my current home :) The job is 8-9 hours away.
     
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    One guesses that this is also a question with which people at the school are familiar. If I were you, I'd ask 'em.
     
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    Yeah, it can be hard to imagine how sparsely populated much of the inland west really is. Here in Oregon we have desert areas where the kids attend public boarding school because their homes are so scattered, and in one place they're sent to school in Nevada. My grandmother taught down there at one time. One surprising thing about some of these districts is that in recent years they've been aggressively pursuing exchange students to keep their enrollment numbers up. A few of the secondary schools are now, quite seriously, more than half European and Asian exchange students!

    Best of luck, Linguist. I hope the interview goes well and that you find a place you'd be comfortable living.
     
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    Sounds like a great opportunity to give back!
     
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    So excited! Got my interview set at 10 am Wednesday morning. Reserved a rental car, and a hotel, just confirmed it.
    I'm going to drive up there tomorrow, I'm hoping I can still sub somewhere without it being too late (some community schools are out at 1-1:30 pm. Otherwise I might have to pick up a half day job, so at least I don't lose too much money.

    I don't want to get too excited though. On the job posting they listed the salary range (daily rate), and the lower end is not much more than what I'm making right now, the higher end of course is very generous, but I know that's for teachers with 10 years experience.

    I was hoping that I would fall somewhere in the middle, but who knows? What if they offer me the lowest rate? Although I think I should get a little higher, because I was told my subbing should count as experience since I've been paying for STRS, and my master's should count for a higher rate. But still.
    Moving, leaving everything behind if the pay is almost the same, it hardly seems worth it. On the other hand, this would be a full time regular teaching position (so if I ever leave, it is teaching experience and not subbing), would have stability and work every day, and benefits, and actually rent is much cheaper up there.
    So I guess I'll cross that bridge when it comes to it. I don't want to get ahead of myself.

    I assume there is no wiggle room with salaries, it is what it is.
     
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    Fingers crossed for you!
     
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    I just got back. I'm so tired. I drove 1100 miles round trip, each way pretty much in one sitting. Only stopped for gas, some food and once for a speeding ticket. And once more for a warning.

    About the interview:
    It went real well! I was there for 2 hours. The P was easy to talk to, it didn't feel like an interview at all. I wasn't nervous anyways, because I felt confident, and also I researched the school to death so I know a lot about it. But he made me feel even better. He gave me a tour of the school, took me to every classroom, library, cafeteria, introduced me to just about all the teachers and some other staff. Showed me and told me everything.
    By the time we sat down for the 'inquisition" :) I was even more relaxed.

    At the end, when he asked if I had any questions, I wanted to turn the tables a little, so asked him what he was looking for in the person that would be ideal for this position. He gave me a description, that actually fit me, because I gave a similar answer to one of his question. He went into details, and at the end I told him that all of these things he's looking for I can do, and I already have done (as I've described to him earlier). I think that was a good way to leave it.

    I also just had to find out where I stood. I couldn't drive 9 hours back home not knowing. I asked how many applicants they had. He actually gave me details, but said out of the 5 interviewed I am the strongest! :) And that we'll know on Monday.


    He actually invited me to stay for their meeting, and then for lunch with the staff (they have a special lunch on Wednesdays), and I wanted to, but had to head back. If I would have stayed it would be midnight by the time I would be home. Also I didn't want to overstay my welcome. I don't know, should I have stayed? It felt better not to.
     
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    Wow! Sounds great! Well, except the speeding issues. :) Can't wait for Monday's update. Are you comfortable saying what state it's in?
     
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    It's in Nevada, right across the Cali state line, up north.
     
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    Sounds really promising, Linguist!
     
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    Awesome, I hope you get it! You definitely deserve it. :)
     
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    It sounds very promising, Linguist! I hope you'll have some good news soon. :)
     
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    Keep us posted!
     
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    It sounds like it would be worth a relocation. Everything is crossed but my temper.
     
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    Glad to hear it went well! :)
     
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    It does sound promising . Keep us informed.
    Very exciting :)
     
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    The wait is KILLING ME!!! What if they can't reach my references? One of my references is a teacher where I work most of the time, he wrote a letter but I also gave his name and the school's number. I talked to him today, but he's taking off tomorrow. He promised to call in to the school to check for any messages. What if he doesn't? What if my P is taking a couple of days off and they can't reach her? :(
     
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    Good luck!! Hope you get it!!!
     
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    My Dad (when he was alive, obviously) and my brother worked in Basalt but lived in Nevada. They would come home every weekend to their Nevada home. One weekend back home my brother got two speeding tickets in one day. Your story reminded me of that.

    Good luck on the job! I think it's a good sign that they invited to the lunch. Too bad you couldn't have stayed. I can't wait to find out.
     

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