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Interview nightmares: 'I play the guitar'

SONIA SMITH
Last updated 13:31 13/11/2012

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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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