Interview attire

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Interview attire
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Fri, 08-03-2012 - 11:00am

How many articles have we all read about proper interview attire? I think we need some from the other side of the desk, though. I know summer is a more casual time in schools but, yesterday I had a job interview and the principal who interviewed me was wearing shorts, loafers and a baseball jersey! That takes the cake. I've see principals in track suits and polo shirts in the summer but, never at an interview. There were two more people on the committee and one was wearing khakis and a polo. That's fine in my opinion but, the other one was also wearing shorts. Is it me or do you think this is a little too casual for interview attire even if you're not the interviewee?

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Sun, 08-05-2012 - 3:37pm
Giuli, I wish you the best. That's all I can say for now.

--Beth
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Sat, 08-04-2012 - 3:03pm

I'm going back and also doing some staff development courses for the university. I turned down one job last year because it was a long commute.  Nothing has popped up yet except one opening at a private college that's very close to my home. I applied last year and never heard a thing. Now it's reposted so we'll see. The library job is OK, but our schedule is so crazy and the teachers have so much testing and curriculum work to do that they are in do the basics/survival mode. Last year I ended up with 20  minute periods and teachers that would skip their period without ever letting me know. I can't really develop much of a program unless something changes and I get some time, cooperation and support.

If you remember, I got this job because they were building a new elementary collection in a building that had been a MS and became an elementary last fall. I processed 10,000 books last year and got it going, but the job isn't done. We moved the library from one temporary location to another in June. They are looking to do some renovation and construct a new media center in the 2014 budget. Until then the library is will be in a portable classroom right outside the main building. This will be a lot better than in the corner of a gym like last year.  I still have some shelves to adjust and a little decorating to do. The movers just stuffed books in and stacked books in when we discovered the installers set the shelves  a notch or two too short for many of the the non-fiction books. They wanted to get done and were not patient enough to get the majority of the nonfiction on the shelves correctly.  I'll probably have a week or more of moving them off, adjusting and reshelving when I go back. Then I have to place orders for about $3000 in materials by October 1 or lose the money. Nothing exciting.

I'll keep my fingers crossed and send you lots of good luck wishes!

Sherry
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Sat, 08-04-2012 - 10:39am
I hope you're wrong too. The principal said I should hear by the middle of next week. That of course, means exactly nothing to me since I've been told that countless times only to hear nothing at all.
I also have another interview for a part-time position at a private school a week from Wed. so we'll see. I try to stay hopeful but it's hard. At least this time I know how crappy the job market is and I know I could be it in for the long haul again.
Sadly, I think schools just hire newbies so that they don't have to pay them.
What's going on with you? Are you not returning to your school from last year? If so, I missed that if you already mentioned that.
School here starts a few days before Labor Day so there's about 3 and a half weeks left of summer.
Thanks for the good wishes!
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Fri, 08-03-2012 - 10:27pm

I think it says that the process is informal because it's not a big deal to them. The ones I've had like this were a waste of time. They already had someone in mind and I was one they called to just go through the motions to make it all legal.  They don't care to dress if they know they are wasting their time. I think it also shows their lack of respect for the process and the people they are interviewing.

I hope I'm wrong in this case. I know how frustrated you've been. I sure do know how you feel. Sadly, there's not much positive around here. The last board meeting they hired over a dozen beginners and the others, except for one, had less than 5 years of experience.  The one with some experience was a math and physics teacher. Why is experience a liability?????? Can't they understand that they get what they pay for? If they really want to improve test scores, discipline and motivation, hire people who know what they are doing from Day 1! 

When will you hear something?  Some schools are already back and most start August 15. I hope you get good news soon!

Sherry