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Job nightmares: What a waste of time

Last updated 11:53 27/11/2012

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Teacher interviews are often between people who already know each other and are often quite friendly. However, I have unfortunately experienced the opposite of this.

I gained an interview at a school after the place I was working at was unable to keep me on for the next year. My principal had given a rave review to the potential new employer and the interview was quickly arranged.

I was greeted warmly but that is where the good stuff stopped.

I sat down with the principal and the head of the area and the first question (not really a question) they said was that my qualifications were "weird".

My first thought was complete disbelief. For the record they were good solid qualifications thoroughly suited to the job?

They then proceeded to tag team me with extremely condescending questions and treat me with general disdain. I was then given the world's shortest tour, where she mostly gestured towards various important facilities.

At one point I was asked to list all the papers I had studied at undergraduate level - on the spot. I was refused my request for a piece of paper and ordered to carry on. My university days were a couple of years back and remembering all 24 papers from memory was unlikely. Again there was complete disdain.

In summary, I was treated like I was wasting their time and that I had somehow deceived them as to my perceived gross unsuitability.

I left that interview with two distinct thoughts: They felt I had somehow slighted them immensely; and that I would never take a job there.

I have heard a number of horror stories from people who have worked or know people working at the school.

Fortunately, it ended well as my current employer created a job for me.


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