I have to say that i have interviewed ... ummm... 6 or 7 times in theis district. It's a huge district. The first was a screening interview.. after that it's individual schools. But I am seeing a strange pattern...adn I am wondering .. what s UP with this? Screening Interview... *Interviewer gets many interrupting calls. He apologizes that something is "up" and he has to handle things. No problem. *A Secretary disrupts the interview. No problem. *Someone does a very odd Walk-by the window. I lose my train of thought for a moment-apologize and begin where i left off. Interviews since... *During a number of interviews the principal or one of the panel members either excuses themselves in the middle of an answer or arrives suddenly. And often they are seated to the exact right of the interviewee. This interview: The principal (again to my immediate right) announces that "At this point, I'm going to excuse myself. It was nice to meet you." and she's gone. - I would have worried at that point-but the interview continued on very well. Secondly...after I answered a question (after the principal left) there was a loud...almost like a balloon fa#ting sound from out in the outer office. You know... when they spread the opening of a balloon wide and it gives off a really obnoxious sound...but this was very loud and somewhat jarring (As far as I knew...there was no one else in the outer office). After if ended I made a little joke about it whatever it was didn't like that answer (and I felt able to joke because it had gone over so well with the panel). But I could see that that MIGHT have been to check if the candidate could be thrown off balance and unable to compose themselves again. ****** Could this BE a planned thing? I mean...seriously???? To test a candidates composure? (If I put myself in their shoes...maybe it would be a test I would be curious about... but it actually do it? And for it to be similar at a number of schools in the same district? Anyone ever been on hiring committees (or close to one) that can tell me if this has merit? Or has it happened for others during THEIR interviews?