I had a screening interview yesterday in a very affluent district. It was me, the principal, and two teachers. I was told that they might actually have two positions, and were also keeping "an eye out" for two other schools in the district that were likely to have two additional positions. Most of the questions were fairly basic. One threw me, and I don't know why. She asked me to tell her something that wasn't on my resume or application. Since the application was some 20 pages long, with space to write "additional information" and an essay, it was actually hard to come up with something that hadn't already been conveyed. I ended up saying that I'm a very flexible, easy-going person, and that people often comment that I'm easy to work with. Meh. Not great. Later in the interview, the p. said, "Can you give us examples of a time when you had to be flexible but didn't want to be?" Well, honestly, I think all of us as teachers are flexible everyday. It's in our nature, it's in our genes. We spin the plates all day long and try to please many constituents while doing our jobs. I didn't want to sound like a complainer..I ended up telling a story about how I was flexible with a parent who had a reputation for being very difficult to please, which ended with success for the child and with the parent having confidence in me. I wasn't sure if this was what she was looking for. Perhaps she wanted a story about a time I clashed with a colleague but acquiesced. She said, "OK thanks" and moved on. Other questions went better...the teachers really seemed to like my answers about curriculum integration and using higher-order thinking skills in my planning. They were super-friendly. I left feeling good...but of course I'm hashing it over now, since I haven't heard anything. I was told they were choosing three applicants to proceed through the process and they were interviewing more today. So perhaps tomorrow. The good new is that I was called for an interview in another district on the 21st. That is only one week before PD starts in my district...but I'm going to go because I can't pass it up.