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Interview nightmares: 'I play the guitar'
I had been teaching for three years when I applied for a position at another school.
I felt the job was in the bag due to my qualifications and my particular skill set.
The interview had started off really well, I mean, I had remembered my name at least!
When the first real question came about, I was stumped. I didn't know how to answer it and it was the first of many to come.
I sat there, feeling the awkward silence, and then for some unknown reason I blurted out: "I can play the guitar," as if this would make everything better.
The principal said he would come back to that question.
So another was asked. Again, I was stumped. In hindsight I knew exactly what I could have said but I didn't say anything at all.
Again silence filled the room and then I blurted out: "But I can play the guitar".
GOD stop, stop me now I thought, why did I keep saying this?
They didn't need a guitar player! I saw that they were not that impressed with this and then came one final question, which I think was their way of giving me a chance to say what I could bring to the school.
And, you guessed it, out came: "I can play the guitar".
After that it was pretty much a thank you and goodbye. I have learned to be more prepared for interviews.
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