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Third Time’s the Charm

9 Aug

After not getting the two jobs I interviewed for, I resolved I was done. And then a great job appeared in the district postings. I applied and was selected for an interview the following Tuesday. The day before the interview I questioned my sanity. Why was I doing this to myself? I wondered.

Just after 5 pm on Interview Eve an email came from the principal.

I doubted my sanity even more. Then, I got to work.

I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare, but I had done my homework in the days following the invitation to the interview. I had researched the school and learned what I could about the IB program and the Middle Years Program. The IB learner profile seemed the logical way to organize my presentation. I also needed some chutzpah, so I started with a bold first slide:

On each of the next slides, I named two characteristics and added an image for each that would inspire me to talk about how my life and career reflected the IB learner profile.

During the interview, the presentation took 11 minutes. No one noticed. the rest of the interview felt more like a conversation about teaching philosophy. When I left, they said they’d make their final decision after an interview the next day. Then they’d need to check references and HR would call probably Thursday, maybe Friday.

All day Wednesday, I hoped for a call. When the end of the business day came on Thursday, I felt a little disheartened. At least I hadn’t received the “thanks but no thanks” email. There was still hope.

At 8:30 pm, my phone rang. It was a school number and the HR person on the other end offered me the job, which I accepted enthusiastically.

I will go in on Monday to relabel the boxes I had packed to change rooms and get them ready for a new adventure.

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