If you could allow me to break it down for you.... No matter how much experience you have in our district, qualifications, or preparation you put into the interview, they do not fly when the P has a set candidate in her mind even before setting up for the 1st round interview! As much as I don't want to admit, that's reality for us in our district. My husband can also testify to it. As he was leaving his 2nd interview for a job in our district last year, the P said, "well, good luck!". He just finished the interview, hoping to get the job. He didn't want to hear good luck, he wanted them to take time to consider him from the interview he just finished a few seconds ago... The teachers didn't even get a chance to debrief after his interview. The P already had his mind set as he greeted my husband farewell. Also, one of our acquaintances got her job at our district last year. Her P had her in mind ever since he first met her at a job fair. He told her, "We need more people like you in our school. I'll put your resume right on top of everyone's". (You see, she was SAHM for the longest time and the school needed someone like her in their community? I don't know why, but that was what the P wanted.) Through the whole interviewing process, the P reassured her that she's the one and that they just needed to go through the logistics of doing the interview! Also, for my current h.s. position, the IC who interviewed me told me straight up, "we want to hire you", while he was interviewing me. "This is our situation, we need someone like you, you have glowing recommendation, we want you." Well the job was kind of ify as the teacher I was filling in for was leaving on a medical leave and that hasn't gone through officially. They just wanted to tie me down because I was in the district already and no one was going to wait around, all summer for a part time job that might not be available if the papers didn't go through! They reeled me in....:huh: For this job I was recently interviewing for, I was hoping that wasn't the case for me. I wanted to break through the system as I put all of myself into these 2 interviews. I thought it was odd, strange, fishy, the way this P acted through the whole interviewing process. The job did not get posted until long after she called the candidates for interview! I didn't really buy her excuse, saying that HR screwed up and forgot to post it online. Imo, the P wasn't even planning on calling me for an interview, when a month earlier I expressed my interest in the position. When I did remind her of my interest, that very day "happened" to be the day she was calling all of her applicants for for the interview??! You for real? According to the AP, who delivered the bad news for me this afternoon, they had 6-7 initial candidates. She couldn't even tell/remember if she had 6 or 7 candidates?! They slashed half of the candidates, calling 3 back for the 2nd interview. My thought is this: they had one person in mind, all along. The 5 or 6 of us just went for a ride, being there purely as "numbers" and bodies" to fill up the interview slots. I thought it was funny how the P couldn't even look me in the eyes when she greeted me out after my 2nd interview this Wed. I knew it!! We were not given a choice of the time we came in for the 2nd interview. I was placed as the 2nd one to go, and I'm pretty sure their "chosen" candidate was last to go. Being placed as the 2nd one to go, I was unsure going into the interview as it's a tradition to have their selected one to go last and after the interview have her wait out in the lobby for a few minutes, call her in to hire her! Well, that's the reality for us here.... If you ain't got connections, you ain't gonna fly. Doesn't matter if you dedicated years of service in the district or how much talent you have. 'Nough said.... Hope I didn't sound too cynical, just needed a place to vent! :unsure: Is it just our district or is the world like this? Have I been naive and oblivious all this time??! It's all about the connection, isn't it?! When will I get my chance?