Venting, post-interview limbo

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  1. scamper

    scamper New Member

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    Ugh...I'm in that post-interview limbo and the waiting around is putting me in a serious funk :(

    So I'm going through the alternative route program in my state, it's a little shaky because I'm trying to get approved through a very specific, and unknown to most, path. The state employees in charge of the ARL program aren't familiar or particularly supportive of this path. Due to the lack of support from the state office of education I held off applying for jobs until this July, when I said heck with it. School starts around mid/late August here so I figured the schools would be scrambling to fill any positions still open and with a general teacher shortage here, plus a shortage of teachers in my specialty I figured I might have a shot.

    I was called for an interview with school #1. The interview went well and that afternoon they called my references (all same district employees who gave me rave reviews). I was super excited. I set an thank you email to all three people who interviewed me the afternoon after my interview. Was told during the interview that they would be making a decision asap. A week went by, nothing. School starts on the 22nd of August for them. Wondering if they made a decision already or what? They told me they would contact me either way to let me know. Not so sure. This coming Monday will be two weeks since my interview.

    Applied for another job with school #2. Applied that morning and was contacted by the school that same day to set up an interview. Had a brief interview the next day, went well. Got the feeling I was the sole candidate. Was asked to return the following day to give a demo lesson. Busted my butt working on the demo. Did I mention I've never taught my own lesson before? I've subbed, but never taught my own class or gone through a teacher prep class. Demo lesson was good. I felt like I gave it my all and it was well received. Had a good chat with the dept head. Had some shared interests with the AP which we talked about. I think they like me. Was informed they had one other candidate to interview. Sigh. This school starts next Monday! My demo was Wednesday. It's now the Friday before school starts for them. That's right, Friday/Sat/Sun and school starts. This position has 5-6 preps. Whoever is getting the job needs to get to work already. I feel like I can't plan my weekend because I may be teaching Monday. Wish they would call already.

    I've been staring at my phone, willing them to call. I've prayed about it, tried to stay positive. I need a job in the worst way and would love an actual teaching position in my field. Fingers crossed.
     
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  3. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    Can you give more details on your ARL program? It could definitely be that there is something about that program that is holding you up.
     
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    Realistically the longer you wait, the less likely they'll call. They say "We'll let you know either way," but I've found that phrase to be a BS platitude. If they want you, they let you know and don't need to ignore you for weeks while they figure it out. What ends up happening is that they find the candidate that they really want and just kind of forget about everyone else. Is it possible that it will take time? Sure. But I wouldn't spend my time waiting by the phone or obsessing about a job. I've been down that road. It doesn't help and will only drive you crazy and make you super depressed. Keep applying for jobs & move on.
    :)
     
  5. vickilyn

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    This district knows when school starts, and if they called today, they probably would need to get your name approved by the board before you could teach. They will start with a sub and they already know that. A factor to consider is whether or not one applicant is already approved to work in the district, such as a sub. This is a case where being a sub in the district could be a deciding factor. I agree that waiting for a phone that doesn't ring is depressing and counter productive. If they call - YEAH. Until that moment, stay looking for a job. It isn't rare at all for teachers to be hired after the school year starts, no matter how nutty that sounds.
     
  6. scamper

    scamper New Member

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    Well, I got the job at school #2! So happy and thankful.

    Now I have to figure out what I'm doing, lol. School starts Monday. I will be there today and all weekend doing as much as I can to prepare. Where to begin?
     
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  7. mckbearcat48

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    Congrats on the job! Good luck with preparation!
     
  8. vickilyn

    vickilyn Multitudinous

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    :celebrate:
     
  9. MrsC

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    Congrats!
     
  10. tigger88

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    Congratulations!!!
     

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