unnecessary nerves?

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  1. mitten

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    Well, I probably have my last interview of the summer tomorrow morning. This is sort of the job I thought I could "fall back on" if I didn't have something better by the end of the summer. Now it is feeling as if I would be really lucky to get it. This position is for a part-time middle school computer teacher in my husband's school. I finished the year as a long-term sub in this position last year after the teacher resigned. The middle school is small - only 3 teachers per grade level - and I am close with majority of the staff because of all my subbing and coaching. The school just hired a new principal and she has decided they need to fill the position because it wasn't going to be able to be swallowed up internally. I guess I've passed the first hurdle, which is that she is not opposed to having husband/wife in the same school.
    However, I was in the school today helping my husband unpack his new supplies and organizing things and one of his partner teachers came in to talk to us. She informed me that she is part of the interview committee (there are going to be three teachers and the principal). When she said this I felt my stomach drop. I don't know why I didn't think teachers would be interviewing as well...there always are. I guess it just made me really nervous because I will know all the teachers asking the questions. Most people would probably be stoked, but I want to throw up. I'm terrified now of not interviewing well. I have had four interviews so far and I haven't had a bad experience yet (besides always being the final two and not getting hired), but I keep thinking there is a first time for everything. Also, she mentioned that one of the other candidates is the daughter of the high school librarian. -I didn't need to know that. My husband told me to feel good about this because all of these people would do anything to have me work in the school and if they don't hire me the principal will have a plethora of people upset with her (community members included). I'm not sure if I want that. Plus, there is always the fact that I am technically not highly qualified to teach computers as a single subject. If there is one candidate that is, then she has to hire that person before anyone else. However, I don't think anyone was highly qualified. I know I would be an excellent asset to the school as a computer teacher, so I'm not worried about not having the skill...just the pressure of formal vs. informal. I like having interviews be formal because then you don't have to wonder if you're being too laid back. Maybe I'm not making sense. I have another beef about this whole thing, but this is too long. Any words of wisdom that won't make me cry or run to the bathroom? :blush:
     
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  3. Freebird

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    By reading your post, I got the sense that you did a good job last year and all you have to do is be yourself. You will be fine. Go for it and good luck!
     
  4. Maryhf

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    I only ever had one interview that included teachers. I didn't know about it until I got there or I would have been nervous too. However, I really felt like they were all on my side and I got the job. You have experience - make it work for you. Good luck!
     
  5. Yank7

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    Just relax. You are worrying about too many things,many of which you have no control over. Just answer the questions to the best of your ability and let the panel worry about who they are going to pick.Good Luck
     
  6. cmw

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    Dwell on the positives and what you can bring to the table in your interview!
    #1 You've already worked there so you know the routine!
    #2 You work well with the staff!
    #3 You coach - USE THAT!
    #4 You know the kids!
    #5 You're reliable, right ? Use your past attendance.

    I've been interviewed by other teachers, principals, AP, supt, asst. supt, C & I supervisor, and even parents. A few of these have been groups of 3...yikes! Just breathe and know you are the best person for the job! :2up:
     
  7. Aliceacc

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    Ignore all the fluff.. who is on the committee, what their job is and who they know and what you think they want. Go in there and sell yourself as the right person for the JOB.
     
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    I have been interviewed by teachers for a LTS position. If they know you did a good job they are on your side. I got the job. Hope you get it too. Best wishes!
     
  9. mstemple05

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    you'll be fine..

    go get your outfit ready for school coming up.
     
  10. mitten

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    This is my forte. I excel at worrying about things I have no control over. :) However, I just got back from my interview...and a lunch date with the dh (dear husband?). -I don't really have the lingo down yet. Anyway, the interview went fine. I was a nervous wreck, but I settled down once I got there. Good news, interviews are getting easier/I'm getting better at them. Bad news, the feeling I get after interviewing doesn't seem to change. (Meaning, I have no clue what they thought...just know I didn't say something completely ridiculous.)
    Interviewing was my biggest fear approaching the job market and it turns out it's not so bad. I just realized this afternoon that I have not had any interviews for elementary positions yet...all middle school positions. I'm okay with that, but a principal I interviewed with earlier this summer told one of my acquaintances (who works there) that they all thought I would make a phenomenal elementary school teacher and he would make a personal call if there were any openings in the district. It's interesting to find those things out after the fact...I guess the committee was split on that decision and that's why they couldn't go with me, but the principal wanted me.

    ---------phone's ringing-----------
    I got offered the job! :woot:

    I just accepted the position as the tech teacher. It's a stepping stone, but I think it is a good one. :) It seems a little surreal.
     
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    Congratulations! I am sure you will do a wonderful job. If at a latter time you decide you would like to work in an elementary school,you can always try it. There are many positons for computer specialist in the elementary schools. Have a great school year and keep us informed.
     
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    Congratulations! See, you just had to be yourself and you were fine! :cool:
     
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    Congratulations!!!! Have a great year!!!! I am glad it all worked out for you.
     
  14. mitten

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    Thanks...now I'm just a little overwhelmed with where to begin. :)
     
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    Congratulations!! There are many grade-specific forums you could check out here that could give you advice on how to deal with each grade level. You deserve it!! See what happens when you calm down and don't worry!
     
  16. teach57

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    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You're a teacher!!! I only hope that my interview goes as well as yours did! Good luck in your new position!
     
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    well wishes to you teach57!!
     
  18. #1 Mrs. H

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    You have a job in Michigan....any job....be very thankful. School starts next Tuesday and I have no real prospects at this point.

    Where are you at in Michigan?
     

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