What happens when teachers are faced with an ‘internal applicant’ during an interview process?
Our anonymous teacher shares his experience of attending a job interview.
As I arrived, I quickly discovered there was only one other person up for the role. After noticing a lot of staff speaking to this other person, the penny-dropped that the teacher already worked in the school, in a part-time position. Obviously, thoughts started to set in, and sooner rather than later, I thought that this was now a pointless exercise for me. Either way, valuable experience for the interview process I thought and carried on.
My interview was a two-part affair, where I delivered a presentation to two leading members of the sports department. I focused on ‘what is outstanding, teaching and learning within an elite college’ as they wished. My presentation went well, using handouts as well as areas from various well-known teaching books. The immediate feedback was promising, with me engaging well with the team and leaving the room full of confidence.
The next half of the interview was with the vice principal and another member of the pastoral team.
This began well when speaking to the pastoral member on issues such as safeguarding, accomplishments and ideas, but as I glanced over to make eye-contact with the senior teacher on the panel, he was checking and engaging in his phone. This happened at least twice – which hurt if I am honest – and upon reflection, use of a mobile device for purposes that are not relevant was a bit of a slap in the face.
There was no reason given for the use of his device. Legitimate reasons, such as recording the interview or dealing with an emergency did not come to fruition. When the interview questions arrived, the vice principal asked me (which in my opinion was pointless) ‘what GCSE’s did you receive?’
As a 30 year-old man with 14 years coaching and teaching experience, GCSE’s are something of a distant memory – many aspects of education have changed since my 2003! His questions had no, or little relevance to the position, or to me, and he didn’t engage with me on any level whatsoever, which I found demoralising.
Since this interview I have had no feedback whatsoever from the school. I am 100% certain that the position was offered internally. However, I will be continuing my search, looking for a school which puts its best-foot-forward; giving me an insight into the establishment and the values which permeate within it.
This blog was written anonymously by a member of the teaching profession. Have you experienced anything similar? Have you got anything you want to reveal? Get in touch.