I am starting to think that the principals interviewing me are judging me on my physical appearance and gender. I am male and overweight and am looking to teach elementary ed, 4 5 or 6. I had 11 interviews in Illinois last summer, subbed for the fall, and am just finishing a long term sub position next week. So far this year I have had 9 more interviews in April and May. I am applying to everything that shows up on the ISBE website and I follow up about a week later. When I get the rejection call or letter, they have always said that I was a top candidate, I interview well- that sort of thing. I went back to my university and did several mock interviews, had them evaluate my resume and cover letter and have gotten four good rec letters. But all this confidence drains away when I meet the panel or principal and they seem to spend too much time regarding my waistline. The LTS job I got was also with the only male principal I interviewed with. He was also balding and overweight. I'm starting to think that some of these principals are uncomfortable having a male in an elementary position or something. Is there anything I can do to improve my odds? Illinois is horrid for the elementary job market, but I have four children I'd have to move with me to another state.