New graduate.........interviewing :)

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Registered: 09-13-2004
New graduate.........interviewing :)
Thu, 06-15-2006 - 8:28am

Hi everyone, I have been lurking on this board the entire time I was in school. I may have introduced myself before. My name is Rachel, and I am new graduate as of May 13th. I have a BS (i love saying that) in Elementary Education with an emphasis on urban education.

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Thu, 06-15-2006 - 8:54am

Hi, Rachel! Congrats on the degree. I know you're excited and waiting for that call. How long you wait can vary from a day or so to several weeks. Some schools interview and hire quickly. Others interview and wait until they are more sure of enrollments, resignations, and transfers. I've seen schools hire the week or even day before teachers return for a new year. I was in one that would hire during the first week of the new year if enrollments jumped up a little. Then they were splitting classes and moving kids to new rooms. Yuck! What confusion.

Be patient and be prepared for a call-back interview. Know all you can about the schools where you apply. Learn their programs, textbooks, needs, and philosophy. Make sure you're familiar with what they do and how they do it as much as possible. Be able to address specifics. If they have a specific reading program or use a certain textbook, try to have examples and show how you have experience or ideas that fit with what they need and what they do. Don't lie, they'll catch you sooner or later, but show your knowledge, experience



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Registered: 03-25-2003
Thu, 06-15-2006 - 8:55am

Welcome! I was in your shoes last year and again this year (since I only took a one-year temporary position).

I think you should ask about a call back when you are closing the interview, just to get a time frame. I've found that most principals tend to tell you when they'll make their decision and that you can call them back at X time (which means you didn't get the job if you have to call them back..I hate that!).

2 days seems a decent amount of time UNLESS the principal has specifically told you about other interviews he/she has, then call after those are done.

And I've been there with the scarcity. Last year was a much better playing field than this year. I took the first job I was offered. I did receive 2 calls from this system after, but that was rare.

This year, I'm not supposed to get a job (even though I'm highly qualified in middle school math and they have to hire MSMath teachers EVERY year). The superintendent SAID (and was quoted in print) that no new teachers would be hired...teachers would be moved around only. If you didn't get a contract in April, you wouldn't be in the system next year. Yeah, okay..I already know of quite a few teachers who have a new job in the system! I mean, they had a job fair in June!

Anyway, there were 250 teachers at job fair and ONE elementary position...1st grade. Outside of that, there was 1 middle school math position, 1 secondary math, 1 HS social studies but you had to be a Jr. High Boys' BB coach, 1 English position for 6-9 weeks, and several Spanish & SPED positions.

Good luck...keep us updated. I'll be thinking about you.