- 5 years ago
- Wedding: January 2014
TL;DR: Went to interview for awesome job. Asked an unexpected math problem at interview for awesome job. Failed at math. Didn’t get job. But I can come back later and try again. Still sucks.
I just need to vent. Bear with me!
I’m a poor student. I had an AWESOME job last year tutoring for $25/hr, but that fell through this year because of issues with the school district.
So I’ve been job hunting and get a call back for a tutoring job at a charter school. I would be leading a small class with 5 – 10 elementary and middle school students doing some sort of after school academic program. The hours are great, the location is convenient, and I think I would really enjoy the work. I don’t even care about the pay at this point because I’ll take just about anything.
I felt great going into the interview today because the guy who had called me about my application said I was exactly what they were looking for, and he was impressed I had some actual teaching experience.
So I go in and meet with some other lady. First off, she is from another country (Uzbekistan – can’t say I’ve ever met anyone from there before!), so she was hard to understand at times, but I hung in there. We had barely talked when she pulled out a piece of paper and asks me to do a math problem. WHAT MATH? I was so not expecting this! I was so caught off guard.
And not some elementary math. Some freaking advanced algebra. I have’t looked at a problem like that since I was about 14! Okay, maybe since I took the SATs, but after that I washed my hands clean of advanced math.
So I stared at it. I rewrote the problem. I attempted one way to do it but realized that it was a stupid method that wouldn’t work.
After an awkward minute or two, I looked up and told her I wasn’t sure how to do it now since I had not done that sort of math in years.
Her response? “Then I’m afraid this wouldn’t work out.”
I could have burst into tears right then! I so wanted this job.
I assured her I could do the math and that I had gone up through Precalculus in high school and that I was at the top of my class. I just had not looked at anything like that in years and needed to refresh.
Apparently she did like me because she assured me I had a great personality and she thinks the kids would respond well to me. She said they are always looking for more tutors, so I can refresh and call her back and come in another time.
While I do have some hope, I am still so bummed. As soon as I got in my car to leave I realized what kind of problem she had given me. And by the time I got home I realized how to solve it (damn you quadratic formula!). I can do it, but it’s going to take a lot of review.
I’m just so frustrated. I thought I had this in the bag. 🙁
And now I have another interview tomorrow for another tutoring job, but it has fewer hours and probably less money at a further location. The paycheck would hardly cover the cost of gas to drive there. I don’t know if I should even accept if they offer me the position because I really want the one at this charter school.
Blah, I feel lame!
Aaaaand… end vent.