“Why Do I Bother Interviewing?” Monday August 8, 2016

That was a complete waste of time. It was a panel interview. There were five candidates and four people interviewing us. It was me, this older woman who was laid off from her last school due to budget cuts, a hippie-dude who needed a haircut (and actually included recycling on his resume), an Asian woman who could barely speak English, and this black woman who’s been with Teach for America and speaks three languages, and volunteers with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and has advanced degrees and quotes philosophers by name and uses the words “rhetoric” and “methodology” when answering questions about education.

hilarious-bikini-reaction-gif-28I feel like the only reason I was there was to make this woman look better. And of course I was sitting next to her so I either had to follow her or she followed me. In both cases she made me look stupid.

The interview lasted for hours. We even had to take a break for lunch! It started with a bunch of essay questions and we had to grade writing samples. Then they gave a long presentation about the school, gave us a tour, and then we sat for a panel interview where they gave us questions based on our essay questions.

There were dozens of hypothetical questions that we each had to answer.

Then we went into a summer school classroom and taught our fraction lesson.

Then we separated and had individual interviews with the different people. The worst part was while we were pulled out for the mock lesson and interviews we were stuck getting to know each other. I don’t want to know these people! They’re the enemy!

I played on my phone most of the time.

Waste of an entire day!



One thought on ““Why Do I Bother Interviewing?” Monday August 8, 2016

  1. It’s a strange interviewing process, to say the least. However, it does have one clear intent: to intimidate candidates so they will be weeded out. Unfortunately, it sounds like you got swept up in that. So I think there are some lessons in this for you:

    1. Don’t let other candidates intimidate you. You have no control over who else shows up for a job, whether you meet them face to face or not. Is it a job you want? Then show them the best version of yourself. Also, keep in mind–your perception of yourself is going to be different than how the interviewer sees you. It’s important to keep things in perspective. Don’t get too hard on yourself–but also, don’t get too enamored with yourself.
    2 Just because someone knows a lot of educational buzzwords doesn’t mean they can teach worth a damn. Also, TFA has some of the weakest teacher training in existence, so take that experience with a grain of salt. And school leaders know this.
    3. A big part of the education profession is being forced by regulations or administrations to jump through pointless hoops and participate in tasks that in no way shape or form help you as a classroom teacher. Every teacher I know who loves their job (myself included) puts up with that as a necessary evil to do what we really want to do: be in the classroom with our kids. Unfortunately, the teaching profession has become so weighted down that one cannot exist without the other. Do you want to be a teacher? Then you’ll have to put up with a lot of bullshit. Whether they intended it to or not, this interview process became an example of that. In short, if you want the job, stick it out and don’t lose focus. Don’t turn them down because you don’t want them to turn you do down.

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