Share your worst interviews

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  1. ktmiller222

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    Jun 14, 2015

    2 years ago a High School principal was on the interview panel (even though it was for a Elementary position). This HS principal was on his cell phone texting the entire time...not even looking at me....2 years later, today this high school is under fire for teachers' (yes, plural) sexual relationships with students and the administration at the high school (yup, the principal) is being investigated for possible cover up and maybe involvement!
     
  2. nyteacher29

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    A few stick out

    1. Person interviewing me was on her phone the entire time-- texting. I wanted to ask her if I was boring her but just decide to keep my answers short- my mind was already made up

    2. I was basically told that my skin color did not match that of the school's population and I wouldn't be able to handle the students....I was speechless. If only I could call this guy up and ask him to come watch me teach now,.

    3. Another admin was DRAWINGS on my resume! In front of me! Turns out they already hired someone and I was a curtesy interview
     
  3. cupcakequeen

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    I interviewed for an elementary sped position and they asked me multiple times during the interview if I would be willing to coach lacrosse at the middle school that shared their campus. I told them that I had never played lacrosse before, but that I had run cross country and track in high school.

    They got really excited and started talking about the high school needing a track coach but I'd have to teach at the high school because they only wanted coaches that were also teachers at that school. They asked me if I would interview for a science position at the high school and I pointed out that I was not certified to teach science, and was definitely not qualified to teach it at the high school level. The principal said, "oh, too bad," and ended the interview.
     
  4. greendream

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    My worst one was not an interview for teaching, but for an office job, and it was completely my fault it went so badly. The job was at a company across town. I had never been there before, so I left early. Ridiculously early. Like 2 hours early.

    It turns out I got there in about 15 minutes, so I was just sitting around being nervous. I decided to go scout out the front of the building so I could be sure I knew where I was going when it was time. As I approached the front of the building, a woman was leaving, and I almost bumped into her. She asked, "Can I help you?" I awkwardly told her I was there for an interview. It turns out she was the manager I was interviewing with. She blinked, looking at her watch. "Weren't you supposed to come in at 3:00? It's a quarter to two." I told her I mistimed my trip, that I would wait outside. She said not to do that, that I could go ahead and do the interview early, but I could tell she was put off by it. I was so preoccupied with my faux pas that I couldn't think straight, and ended up giving possibly the worst answers I have ever given. Needless to say, I didn't land that particular job. :)
     
  5. AlphB

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    This probably isn't TRULY a worst interview story because I got the job, but I drove 5 hours from out of town the night before my interview. I'd subbed the same day as driving and my voice had been scratchy following a sore throat earlier in the week that passed. I didn't let myself try to sing in the car or anything because I could feel my voice going. When I arrived at the destination and went to talk to the friend I was staying with, I had NO VOICE! My interview was at 7:30 the next morning so there was no calling to warn them. I interviewed with a panel of administrators and the entire 3rd grade team in a conference room and had to do it all in a whisper!

    Now I get to tell my future kids that they have no excuse for not finding a job because I landed my first position from a whisper interview!
     
  6. ChildWhisperer

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    Why am I just now discovering this thread??
    I have THREE interviews that really stand out.

    One. I could tell they had scheduled interviews back to back. There was a lady leaving as I arrived, and another one waiting when I was leaving! The (daycare) director who gave me a tour showed me things twice and even forgot my name. She forgot I was not living in town yet (I drove 2+ hours for the interview) even though I had told her. Daycares usually do second/working interviews, but I did not get one from this place. They gave me an offer instead ($11/hour with a Bachelor's degree? No thanks), which I obviously turned down.

    Two. I drove 40 minutes to get there and I arrived 10 minutes EARLY. They had me wait 20 minutes, and the actual interview lasted 5 minutes. She didn't ask me any questions about myself or my past experiences. She just looked through my transcript, asked how much I was expecting to get paid, and when I would be able to start. I told her I would think about it and call her back, and then I left. No way, Jose.

    Three. My first interview was with the Assistant Director (another daycare), who I really clicked with. I absolutely loved her and I could tell she really liked me as well! I was asked back for a working interview and to meet the Director (who was on vacation previously). They put me in the Preschool room for 30 min, which was okay. Then they put me in the Toddler room even though I had specifically told them I wanted older children (they noticed I had a few years experience with toddlers). Well THEY FORGOT ABOUT ME. I was in the Toddler room for 3 HOURS. And the teachers in there put me to work. I was cleaning the tables, helping the toddlers, putting them down for naps, etc. Finally, it was naptime and one of the teachers left to ask the Director what I should do. I didn't even get to talk to the Director at all. She was rude and said she'd let me know. Well, she called a couple days later and wanted another working interview! So I went. This time, they put me in the School-Age/Summer Camp program. AGAIN, I was forgotten. The teacher felt bad for me and called the Director. I had previously told her that I had to be somewhere else at 11am so I HAD to leave by 10:45 at the latest. Director told Teacher to tell me to stay until 11......... I told her no, so Teacher told Director, and she said I could go. I walked to the front office, and once again, I didn't interview with the Director at all. She was rude and said "I'll call you". That was it. Even if she had offered me the job, I would have declined. It's too bad, because the Assistant Director was amazing.
     
  7. msrosie

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    Played phone tag with a principal on a Tuesday then again on a Wednesday morning, the secretary said he'd called me back and the P called just as my first student was walking into the room at 9 a.m.

    We scheduled an interview at 3:45 that afternoon - keeping in mind the district was 45 minutes away and I got out of school at 2:45 and had to run home to get my portfolio and change - because he said it was the only day he was interviewing and couldn't do a phone interview.

    When I got there, all he wanted to hear about was my 8 weeks of experience in 5th grade even though by that point I'd had a variety of experience at other levels and nearly an entire semester in cross cat. He kept cutting me off and redirecting me back to the 5th grade class.

    Then as he was giving me a tour of the building, he said that they had another two days of interviews and then I'd hear from them. And all I could think was really? I rushed out of school, across town, and sped most of the way here because this was 'the only day we're interviewing' to find out that you were interviewing other days too.
     
  8. kpa1b2

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    I interviewed for a daycare position, director or maybe assistant director. The owner spoke very accented English & I can barely understand her. She wanted the person she hired to close the center at night. Not what I wanted to do plus I was about 45 min. from home. There were some other things that I didn't like, but I don't remember them. She called to offer me the job, but then got mad at me when I turned it down. I remember her telling me that since I interviewed for the position I had to take it.
     
  9. TeachCafe

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    I had one that went like this:

    AP: "The majority of our discipline referrals are from level 1 violations and we usually push for teachers to deal with those type of violations in the classroom. How would you handle that through you discipline plan"

    Me: "What constitutes a level 1 violation"

    Instructional Specialist "Our students will cuss you out in class repeatedly. This is almost 90% of the level 1 violations"

    Me: *Crickets* "Umm.." while inside I'm going "Wait....what!?!"

    This was for 3rd grade! :eek: You mean I have 8 year olds cussing me out with 20 other kids in the class and I'm not never refer them to an admin? I winged it and kept going. I thought it went fine but I know it was Baby Dangerous Minds after that question.

    It was one of the worst because admin accepts verbal abuse in the classroom. No bully zone my foot. Bullying goes both ways.
     
  10. msrosie

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    Oh wait! There was also the interview in the tiny town that was very not diverse where the P told me they needed to have a more diverse staff, but she wasn't sure I'd fit in...followed of course by a significant look. And where the kids and the teachers looked at me like they'd never seen a brown person before when the p gave me a tour of the building.

    Needless to say I'm not looking at it as any great loss that the position wasn't offered.
     
  11. Stlteach89

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    This is tricky.

    BEST: The one I had just a few weeks ago. I had already worked with the staff and love them, worked in the building, felt comfortable, and was able to provide many examples to questions. I was hired the same night!

    WORST: I went to interview for a classroom assistant job in a school my first few months out of college in 2012. The principal or AP...whoever she was...just seemed really critical of everything. She did not smile once. I felt so uncomfortable. I think as I was getting up to leave I even bumped my knees on the bottom part of the table and made some awkward comment about it. I actually didn't like the distance it was from home, the atmosphere of the school, or the woman leading the interview, though. I left the interview pretty happy knowing there was no way I would get that job. I didnt!

    Then there was the time I was told to bring a demo lesson to a first interview. I had a 5th grade lesson on finding the formula for volume, and they didn't even ask me to do the lesson. I just sat through it with my lesson and my manipulative for the lesson. One even said they thought my bag of unit cubes was snacks for them at first. Maybe that's why I didnt get the job XD

    I also had one interview that just never called me back after saying I'd hear either way. I even followed up.


    Just remember, a bad interview is another experience to learn from. A lot of times the school is not a good fit for you anyway (especially if they lack professionalism or common decency).
     
  12. kpa1b2

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  13. Tutor

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    I had an interview at a charter school with the principal, who was very nice. Then the director/owner of the charter came in. She asked me "why do I want to work here?" I gave a simple answer and she asked again a little more demanding, then said it again and again. I really just wanted to say because I need the money and you are hiring. It was quite awkward.

    I don't remember if they offered me the job but I know I left there not wanting to work there.

    Now I work at a Catholic school. We were hiring a K teacher a few years ago. My principal had a great candidate and one of the last steps was for her to interview with the priest and my principal. When they scheduled, she said she would be coming from work. She came in for the interview in her swimsuit and flip-flops. She was a lifeguard, she didn't put on a cover-up. Just the 2 piece swimsuit. Needless to say she didn't get the job.
     
  14. ChildWhisperer

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    ...What. Why did she agree on that scheduled time?! She could've asked for a different time or taken time off of her other job to get ready for this interview. I don't understand some people.

    I remember one time when I was working at a private preschool, a girl came in for an interview in jeans & uggs. She looked really nice & clean, she was a mom of 3, educated, etc. But jeans & ugg boots to an interview?! Come on, people.
     
  15. Stlteach89

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  16. Crafty6

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    I completely agree! The fact that some of these kids cannot go places is all the more reason for us to bring the world to them! I always use to talk about my travels with my students and show them pictures and they loved it. I would not like to hear that kids from a low SES background should not dream of seeing the world.
     
  17. Lumi

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    I went to an interview one time because I was referred to by a teacher who recommended me but I didn't know personally or socially (she was a blog owner in the area that I live in and I had written to her about something and we corresponded a bit and she found out I was looking so she referred me). I went in for an interview and dressed nicely in a jumper with a half slip underneath. Had a nice interview with the principal and she gave me a tour of the school. During the tour I realized that my slip elastic had decided at that very moment to relax and stop working and as we were walking down the hall I felt my slip drop further and further down my legs. I was able to stick my hands in my pocket to grab it before it fell all the way down to my ankles but it was noticeably visible below my hemline by this point. Later the principal left me to talk to the teacher who referred me and I finally had to step out of my slip at that point, in front of the teacher as I explained what happened to her. She was very understanding but I was soooo embarrassed. It was awful. Probably the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to me. I didn't get the job (no big surprise) but found out later that I was just one of three people that they interviewed for the job and I was just one of those "required" interviews that schools do to fulfill their quota for district requirements despite the fact that they had already hired someone for the job. Up to that point I had no idea they did this. I felt used and mad and embarrassed on top of everything else.
     
  18. burgandy01

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    1) I gave myself plenty of extra time to get to my interview but lo and behold they closed off the freeway exit I needed which got me lost and I was about 10 or 15 min. late. I called and let the secretary know but ended up not getting the job.

    2) Just last week one of the questions that was asked was about the importance of parent communication. I let them know that at my last position the parents loved that I wrote weekly newsletters to them. I reached into my portfolio to hand the P some examples and she didn't reach for them. So I (fingers trembling) awkwardly put them back.
    In that same interview I discovered my shoes were 'killing me' so I walked like the Hunchback of Notre Dame and gave an awkward handshake. I also said "um" a lot and more than once tripped over my words---yeah no word from them yet, lol! I found out it was for a grade level I didn't want anyway, I should have asked when they called.

    3) I posted about this in a recent thread, but yesterday I had an interview where I wasn't even asked any questions and it lasted not much more than five minutes! Gee thanks!
     
  19. Boba

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    My worst was not in education but for being a bookkeeper at a supermarket. It was at a job fair where each of us had a number and we had to wait to get called. When it was my turn, the guy who interviewed me flat out said that he was going to give his sister the job. He then viewed my resume and sneezed in it using it to blow his nose. I'm not kidding.

    In education, honestly nothing was that horrible. On an adult ed. interview I went on, the principal essentially bad mouthed the previous counselor making it a bit awkward for me. He also seemed interested in hiring me contacting the references I gave but I ended up not hearing if I actually got the job or not. I emailed HR today but didn't hear back.

    On one I went to yesterday I was interviewed by 4 principals, 1 counseling director, and 1 HR person. 1 principal, and the director looked bored with everything I said lol.

    Lastly, I recently had a 2nd interview with a very small, prestigious district that's very hard to break into. By my own fault it wasn't a great interview. I was nervous, repeated myself a lot, wasn't familiar with 1 program that 1 school in the district offers (the funny thing is, the one I knew I was interviewing for didn't even have that program so i didn't study it), and I didn't elaborate on answers. To make matters worse, I think I was giving eye contact predominately to 1 person in the interview since I found him attractive (I've never done that before!). I didn't get the third interview =(
     
  20. Lisabobisa

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    I was working at a summer camp and had to drive from NY to PA on my day off for an interview. I drove the night before and stayed with my mom that night, then headed to the interview bright and early the next morning. The interview was at a school an hour away. Of course I got lost and ended up on a long, steep, and winding road when my clutch went out. I had to pull over and wait for a tow truck/my mom to come rescue me, calling the school frantically explaining the situation. They agreed to let me come in whenever I was rescued. My mom dropped off her car to me and waited for the tow truck, otherwise I would have been two hours late instead of one.

    The actual interview went great and I was SHOCKED when I got the job.
     

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