Please share why you are interested in this position

21 Apr

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For the last two years, I have been on of two PD facilitators at my school, an additional responsibility that comes with a stipend. I knew it was a three year gig when I signed on last year, replacing someone who moved to another school.

Last week, my principal invited me to make an appointment to talk about that position. She was very sweet when she started and I could tell that she was kindly trying to tell me that the position had been eliminated. I let her know I was neither shocked nor hurt and knew it was coming. She looked relieved. She also told me about a new position for next year: intervention specialist with the PD facilitator position rolled into that. She explained the school district  would fund one position, she would use building funds for an additional position.

For a few days I thought about it and asked some follow-up question. She announced the position at a staff meeting last week and handed out the application. I looked over the questions. There were five questions in all. I could come up with ideas on how to answer the last four questions, but the first one had me stymied. I didn’t complete  the form. When you can’t articulate why you are interested in the position, it seems unwise to apply for it.

And I am happy with that.

5 Responses to “Please share why you are interested in this position”

  1. Amy Whelan April 21, 2015 at 6:28 am #

    Sometimes bouncing ideas off of colleagues will help you get those juices flowing. Don’t sell yourself short, please don’t. Try…you got this!

  2. arjeha April 21, 2015 at 7:16 am #

    Sometimes it is hard to put into words what you know to be true but the passion comes through clearly to the reader. If in your heart you know this is something you want, don’t let words hold you back. You are a writer.

  3. Dana Murphy April 21, 2015 at 7:20 am #

    Interesting take on that infamous question. I’ve been answering a lot of those since I’m currently in the market for a new job. It’s hard to answer it honestly sometimes… sometimes people are just looking for a change with no specific, identifiable reasons, right?

  4. elsie April 21, 2015 at 7:23 am #

    Only you know whether this position would be a good fit for your life. Take time to consider and decide how you want to continue in your career.

  5. jmjd April 21, 2015 at 8:15 am #

    I agree that writing can help you to think this through and that you owe it to yourself to try answering the question. If you still can’t, then you’ve got your answer. Good luck.

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