I just bombed my interview

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  1. bet3

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    I just had my first interview and I know I bombed it. I stammered on several questions and I know I didn't say what they wanted to hear. Of course, now that I'm home, I think about those questions and I realize what the answers should have been. The thing is, I know if I get the job, I will be a good teacher. I guess I just don't interview well. I really need this job; subbing has picked up, but it's not enough to pay bills and my husband doesn't have a full-time job. I've been reading similar threads on this board, so I know that some of you know exactly how I feel. Some encouraging words would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for letting me vent.
     
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    EVERYONE goes home and analyzes the questions and bangs their collective heads.

    I am sure it is not as bad as you think. For what position did you interview?
     
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    Interviewing is like any other skill-- the more you practice, the better at it you become.

    If, against our hopes for you, it turns out that you didn't get the job, take it as a sign: you need to practice. Hit some of the interview threads here, and become a Master Interviewer. Honest, with enough practice you'll become incredibly good at it.

    Call today a dry run.
     
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    High School English teacher. Thanks for the encouragement.
     
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    When are you supposed to hear something?
     
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    I did go through the questions on this board. I also looked through my portfolio for strategies that I have or would use. I am trying to look at this as a learning experience. It's just hard because I want the job so badly. Thank you for the encouragement.
     
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    The principal said it would be within the next day or so.
     
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    I agree with Alice. If you don't get this job, take this as a learning experience. Analyze what when wrong and how your nerves affected your responses, then do what you need to do to fix it for the next time. I do, however, sincerely hope this advise becomes an non-issue :)
     
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    Everyone gets nervous during an interview.We always feel we have done worse than we really have.Each interview prepares us for the next one which will find us more relaxed.The interview process does not really indicate the type of teacher you will be. Good Luck!
     
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    My goodness! I agree. At my last school district, I went left the interview thinking that I bombed. I had completely blanked one question, and fumbled thrugh a few others. BUT, I did really well on some of the other questions and I think they seemed to see something in me that they liked. Of course, I ended up sadly resigning, but I'm at a new district:). You'll get better at interviewing, but I would still keep practicing. Talk into the mirror, interview with a family member or friend.

    Also, if the district does choose to go with someone else then ask them for some tips for what you can do to improve your interview skills.
     
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    Remember, you may have done better than you think.

    I've told the story here of a woman I once interviewed for a job in our math department. She showed up in a suit completely covered in coffee!!!

    She had driven her husband to work enroute to the interview, and stopped for a cup of coffee to drink in the car. Needless to say, she spilled the coffee all over herself. She had a choice: go home and change into something more appropriate or be late. She chose to go covered in coffee.

    In my mind, she showed the abilty to think on her feet (as it were) and to adapt to changing situations-- both necessary for any teacher. I don't remember what else she said, but that coffee stained suit pretty much got her the job. And I KNOW she left the interview thinking she had bombed it.

    So hang in there until you hear otherwise!
     
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    That's good advice. Thank you.
     
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    We are sometimes our own worst critic...and of course, I think most of us have been in the situation where we go home and realize all of the things we wanted to say but didn't. I hope it works out for you, but if not, you'll be even more prepared for the next one! :hugs:
     
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    And what I've done for this was write it down as soon as I get home. I like to write down as many of the questions from the interview that I can remember (I'm so nervous that I blank out most of the interview :rolleyes:) and I write down my response and then I write down a better response.
     
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    Generally, when I interview someone (business positions, not education), I shy away from candidates who ace the interview. It's a sure sign they've had lots of practice interviewing (which might be good for sales positions, but not what I hire for). In fact, all the candidates I've seen who've come off really polished in the interview have had middling to poor work performance.

    Not that you shouldn't try to get better at interviewing (I'm a bit unusual), but you never know exactly what the interviewer might be looking at.
     
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    Alice, what a great story. I'm sure she tells taht one frequently to nervous job hunters :)
     
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    Tons and tons and tons of people come here after bombing an interview, and many either get called back for another, or actually get the job.

    I BOMBED my first interview, but was called back for another. I ended up getting the offer the second time around. Keep your head up!
     
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    That's a really great idea!
     
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    Trust me I know how you feel! Last year I had a whopping two interviews and bombed them. I stammered, I got so excited I knocked something over on the AP's desk but I still got the position. It's so hard to relax during interviews but it really does get easier. Trust me I'm on interview #15 this year and even though I am more relaxed I still get so excited when I talk about kids that I probably will knock stuff over again.

    Now if only this school that supposedly wants me would make up their.
     
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    Just thought I would let you know that I talked to another teacher who applied for the same position I did and she said she had not heard anything, but on the night of the interviews, she heard the committee laughing and talking with another applicant; the teacher I talked to assumed that that girl had "blown them away." Well, when I got home today (I subbed at the elementary school), I saw the high school number on my caller I.D., so I called them. I was told that they weren't going to make a decision until next Mon. or Tues., so I guess the wait is not over yet. In the meantime, I have an interview with a mental health center for the position of case manager on Mon. and I am thinking of applying for a classified position at a rural elementary school.

    Whatever happens with the high school job, I feel like I at least have options.
     
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    That's a really good attitude, bet. Knowing there are other options will take a lot of the pressure and worry away while you wait.
     
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    Good luck bet3!! I have my fingers crossed that you hear good news.:)
     
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    Thanks! I really appreciate it.
     
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    Well at least you know that a decision has not been made. Just keep praying that one of the jobs will work for you.
     

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