Wednesday, June 11, 2014
A Tale of Two Interviews
I wrote yesterday that I have accepted a new position for the 2014-2015 school year. Although I applied for more than five openings, I only interviewed for two.
The first school was intriguing. A local elementary school, it seemed a very familiar setting. The interview was only about twenty minutes long and it was clear to me that I did not shine.
There were three people interviewing me and only four or five interview questions. The whole experience felt flat. Perhaps they had already chosen a candidate, but needed to complete their quota of interviews. I don't know, but I wasn't shocked when I was informed that they had offered to job to someone else.
The second interview was a whole different beast. Interestingly enough, I hadn't even applied for the job, as it is not one I have contemplated doing. They sought me out. There were only two interviewers, but between them they asked over fifteen questions. And the questions were smart, intriguing and fun to answer.
I definitely sparkled during the meeting. It felt more like an extended conversation about my philosophy of teaching with friends than a job interview. At the end, they asked me to step out to the outer office and wait for a few minutes.
Then they called me back in and offered me the job on the spot. It was very flattering. I had a lot of conversations over the weekend while I contemplated the decision, but in the end I couldn't resist.
I say yes to adventure.