This is a little bit of venting here, so bear with me... It seems that every job interview I've gone on, it's been like I'm only interviewed as the token interviewee. I am currently in the process of gaining my professional certificate through alternative licensure in my state. I have been teaching now for a couple of years and am at the tail end of the program. One of the major reasons why I am looking elsewhere is that I drive almost an hour to work and almost an hour and a half back (due to traffic). It is wearing me down. I also have small children, so I want to be closer to them should anything comes up. The other biggest reason is that I do not get along well with the new administration this year. I almost feel bullied and certainly intimidated this year by them and for the sake of my sanity, I need to go elsewhere. It is so bad (the two reason combined), that I am willing to give up the entire thing and just stay home with my children. That brings me to my title of this post. Every year now, I've gotten interviews from a few school districts. Few and far between. Each one, I feel as though I've been brought in just so that they can say they interviewed X amount of people. I'm confused as to what it is about me that makes me so expendable. Even when I got this current job, the principal just brought me in to be a warm body in the classroom. It wasn't until later that they were impressed with my classroom management and teaching. I have been told, however, that the previous administration (all except two) has thrown me under the bus on the way out. I had an interview last Wednesday. It was at 12:50pm, so I do my normal thing. I arrive 15 minutes early and wait. At about 12: 45pm, the principal comes to the door with the previous candidate. The candidate is a nephew of one of the teachers there at the school (I overheard him ask to go back to see their relative). My heart drops....12: 50 rolls by, 1pm, 1:15pm, and I finally get called back. When I get called back, the principal sits behind her laptop and asks me to direct my answers to the panel. I felt like the interview didn't even start off too good. I answered all questions and was even excited to show off my mini portfolios that I had made for each of the panel members. Towards the end, as I was asking a question, the principal told one of the assistant principals to answer it (barely looking up from the laptop). The only glimmer of hope was that I asked could I receive feedback on my interview (because I am truly a life long learner) and the principal gave me her direct line. That and the handshake was stronger on the way out. What can I do to find out if I am just being interviewed to fill a quota? How can I prevent this from happening? I am honestly beginning to think I am no good at what I do. That feeling is awful when you work a stressful job each and every day. Thanks for listening and I welcome any feedback!!