I'm getting really frustrated with my job search. Sorry to vent, but I just graduated this April, knowing that the job market would be tough, but thinking that maybe I would get a job. I had interviews lined up before I even graduated and have had several this summer. I have had a couple of especially frustrating interviews. I had a great interview with one school, the principal went on and on about how great my interview was and how he really liked how enthusiastic I was. Then, he pulled the Social Studies Department Chair out of her class to introduce us, saying that I might be working with her soon. I left feeling like I pretty much had the job. A few days later, he called to let me know that I didn't but he was POSITIVE I would get a job soon. A few weeks later he called me back to let me know that another position had opened up in the school and that we wanted me to come back for "a little chat." He then had me meet the vice principal only to call me a few days later to turn me down again. It gets more frustrating though. I had the same thing happen at another school. I interviewed twice but this time I got rejected by a letter. I know I am a new teacher and don't have much experience but they have my resume and they know that before they call me in for these interviews. I must be doing something wrong in the interview process. I always show up 15 minutes early, dressed sharply and prepared with extra resumes and letters of recommendation. I must just have the wrong answers. Here are the question that I think trip me up: Why should we hire you over the other applicants? This one is difficult for me. Honestly, what I lack in experience I make up for in enthusiasm. I have wanted to teach since kindergarten when I lined up my stuffed animals and taught them in my bedroom. I am good at this and I LOVE it. I am the teacher who will come early, stay late, and always be happy at work. But I feel like principals get this answer too often. What else could I say? How would you incorporate numeracy and literacy into your curriculum? Well I feel like the literacy is pretty straightforward. Social Studies is all about reading and interpreting information, from primary documents to texts analyzing them. But numeracy??? HELP! Those two are the most difficult interview questions I've had. I really want to teach. I've been substitute teaching this year but it's difficult to come to someone else's classroom and wish I had my own. I'm really hoping someone can help me out with my interviewing issues. Thanks!