Two Interviews!

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  1. heymiss

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    Today was a pretty good day. On the way to lunch, a charter school called me to schedule an interview for tomorrow morning, and then while I was shopping for something to wear to that, a public middle school called me to schedule an interview tomorrow afternoon! :haha:

    The morning interview is at a school I've already interviewed at twice, but the lady on the phone said that the principal had been out of town when I interviewed, so I was actually talking to someone else. Maybe I would have known that if the interviewer had told me who he was! I took this interview mainly as practice. Based on my previous interviews, I don't expect this school to be the place for me, but hey, you never know. The real P could be completely different from the person I talked to last time.

    This is the school where you have to teach a pretend lesson. I'm doing the same lesson as I did last time because I've already got all my materials for it and apparently the P never actually saw it. I think I'm interviewing for a multi-grade middle school math position, but they're never very clear on the phone.

    The second school that I'm interviewing at is a middle school 8th grade social studies position. I think this would be really interesting, but I don't know much about teaching social studies. All I know is that I passed the 4-8 Generalist test and I liked social studies when I was a kid.

    I haven't been called for an interview since JUNE, so today was really exciting. I've since read two books (Inside Secrets of Finding a Teaching Job by Jack Warner and Clyde Bryan and Teacher Interviews: How to Get Them & How to Get Hired by Robert Pollock) about interviewing and feel much more confident than I did in May and June. Also, I've read a LOT of the job seeker threads here on AtoZ, so I'm feeling pretty good.

    Please send positive thoughts and any advice my way!
     
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  3. emmakate218

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    Good luck!
     
  4. heymiss

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    Thanks, I definitely need it!

    Also, I'd like to say that even if I don't get an offer out of these interviews, I am just so happy to even have the opportunity. I was getting SO frustrated and worn out with looking for a job that I was about to give up. I checked the job listings today and there wasn't much, so I was just going to go about my day with a lunch date and a trip to the mall, and BAM, two interviews.

    So for those of you who are getting ready to throw in the towel...don't!
     
  5. SpecialEdTeache

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    The same happened to me when I decided to relax. Got two interviews.

    Hope you get it :)
     
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    Good luck and positive thoughts!
     
  7. Kangaroo22

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    Good luck!
     
  8. SCTeachInTX

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    OH! You go Texas girl! I hope you win the job! GOOD LUCK! Hope that things go your way!
    SMILE lots, make eye contact, speak slowly and articulate, and ENJOY the interviews!:):)
     
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    GOOD LUCK!!!!! :D
     
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    Good luck!!
     
  11. ryhoyarbie

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    I'll take your job if you don't want it. I have a bachelor's in history!
     
  12. suzerich

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    Me too, and I'm in the DFW area, but its probably too far away for me. Congratulations, and I hope everything goes well for you.
     
  13. heymiss

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    I GOT AN OFFER!!
    :2up::2up::2up:

    I had to say that I had another interview this afternoon, and the P told me he had to know today, so I said I'd call him after that interview and let him know one way or the other. I'll make a list of things about each school, and you guys tell me what you think, ok?

    School A:

    Offer on the table
    Exemplary for 2009
    4th-5th math
    Lots of after school and Saturday tutoring
    Closer to my house
    Awkward administration
    Salary is $7k lower than School B

    School B
    Interview later today
    Farther from home
    Higher salary
    Academically UNACCEPTABLE for 2009 and other recent years
    8th grade social studies
     
  14. jw13

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    Pick School A :).
     
  15. heymiss

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    That's what I'm leaning towards.

    My interview this afternoon is at 2. I need to call the secretary at School A and find out what time they close for the day so I don't miss the deadline just because I kind of want to go ahead and go through with my second interview.

    I think the traffic/distance situation might be worth $7k.
     
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    I am agreeing to lean toward school A, but definitely go to 2nd interview and then go with your "gut". Congrats and best of luck:)
     
  17. heymiss

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    I wish School A would answer the phone so I can get answers to about a million questions. I get that it's lunchtime, but I can't wait until too late or I'll already be driving to the School B interview!

    I think that 4-5 is the grade range that is most appealing to me. I just have MANY questions before I would feel good accepting School A.
     
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    School A!!!! Congrats!
     
  19. ChemTeachBHS

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    I just want to say congrats. I was in your situation last year, one offer was closer to home but less money (better school too)and the other was farther and more money. I decided that the extra money wasn't worth my happiness. So pick A!
     
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    I called and got all my questions answered, so I accepted! I'm gonna cancel the other interview (it would be good practice but it's 45 minutes each way) and go sign my paperwork.

    I was just SO CLOSE to giving up hope of getting hired, so all of you who are still waiting, it can still happen!
     
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    Congratulations, heymiss! That definitely sounds like the right choice!
     
  22. heymiss

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    Thanks, everybody, for the well wishes and congrats and support while I was looking. I haven't been here that long, but it's been SO HELPFUL to have a community of people who know what it's like to be struggling to find a job when everyone else thinks it should be so easy.
     
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    CONGRATS!!!
     
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    Congrats! It looks like you made the right choice!
     
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    Congratulations!
     

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