Post # 1
Bees I am SO nervous!
As some of you might know I have been out of school (Master’s in Education Psychology for School Counseling) for over a year now without a job. Monday I have one of the most nerve racking interviews ever!
Back story- On February one of the girls I went to College with let me know she was going on maternity leave and the school she was at needed someone to cover her. I let them know was interested and was hired the following day.
I worked there for a little over a month and really connected with both the faculty AND the students! Well, the counselor I was covering for decided she wants to be a full time mommy and the job is open now!
The counselor I was working with keeps texting me things like “your students miss you!” Or little things about the school, and things like “I hope they get you back here soon!”
So I have the interview on Monday and I don’t know exactly how to act because I will KNOW everyone there thats interviewing me! I want to be formal, but also not so formal because I know them all fairly well.
Also, and this is the MOST nerve racking thing… if I don’t get this job I am going to take it SO personally, because they actually got to get to know me, and see my skills at work. It will hurt SO bad bees… I am so scared.
I don’t know exactly what I am looking for here… words of encouragement maybe?
Post # 3
Unfortunately, in the school environment, they often don’t hire the person who was subbing or in the position temporarily due to seniority.
Last summer, I was asked to interview for the teaching position I held during the school year. It was my school, my principal, my classroom. I assumed I had it in the bag and that the interview was just a technicality. I didn’t get rehired, and was crushed. I have found it easier to interview where I don’t know anyone because it ensures that professionalism is at the forefront.
Be formal, even if you know them.
Post # 4
@SweetartMD: good luck, girl! As of the end of last month, I am officially a school psychologist. I have a second interview on Monday- I’m nervous too!
If you don’t get the job- dont take it personally. I am doing an internship in a district that will have two openings next year. Everyone (other school psychs and cst members, principals, teachers, parents, and guidance counselors – I have letters of rec from all of them!) is CONVINCED that I will be hired next year. I had an awesome year with my kiddos- made a lot of progress, implemented programs, worked incredibly well with everyone – welp – I haven’t even been called in for an interview. A lot of it is politics, which is unfortunate.
i do wish you well though! Good vibes for our interviews Monday!
Post # 5
@SweetartMD: I disagree with the person who said that schools don’t normally hire the long term sub. I’m a teacher and many of my co-workers were hired after long term subbing or working as paraprofessionals. If you have already made a good impression on the administrators then I think you have a good shot. I would make sure to dress nice for the interview and answer as formally as you would at any other interview.
I think you have a really good shot…good luck!
Post # 6
@somerrae: Okay, now I am more nervous…. thanks for that.
@sunkissed19: Sending you good luck vibes!!!!!
@citysparkle: Thank you! I feel a little bit better now.
I am going to try to stay practical about this… I really want the job, but I will be okay if it doesn’t happen… Its 40 minutes away from my home and I can always apply somewhere closer in the future… but its still totally worth it if I get the job!
Post # 7
Good luck! I really hope you get it. I know how it is to want a job so so so bad. I am in the same boat right now. I havent even applied yet!
Post # 8
I didn’t get the job….
Honestly feeling like giving up. Maybe I just wasn’t cut out to be a school counselor for whatever reason. Or I have a big “Do Not Hire” sign on my forehead that everyone can see but me… idk.
I am grateful my husband has a good job, but I feel like such a failure right now.
Post # 9
@SweetartMD: Not sure how your field is- but in New Jersey, there’s hardly ANY jobs in my field. As in I’ve applied to every job within a 1 hour driving distance (sometimes a bit more if I would be going against traffic). That was about 15 jobs. There was only one place I didn’t apply to and that’s because I didn’t want to be working in Camden (I think it was listed as the most dangerous or the worst city in the US).
I’m fighting for jobs with about 150-200 other applicants for every open position. In some districts, there are even more applicants. I’ve only had one school district interested in interviewing me (I find out tomorrow or Monday if I made it to round three of interviews). Don’t beat yourself up – it’s a really tough time in education right now.
Post # 10
@sunkissed19: Thanks. Its REALLY competitive here too. Especially because I live around a bunch of colleges that keep pumping out school counselors… 🙁
I am just trying to count my blessings though, my husband has a REALLY good job right now and he can keep us going. I am just focusing on staying positive. I applied to three jobs yesterday and made a bunch of cookies today… haha!
Post # 11
@SweetartMD: 10 years ago, when I was working my ass off pursuing my goal of becoming an NHL referee, someone gave me some very good advice I’ve remembered ever since:
You cannot control what you’ve done. You can only control what you’re going to do.
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
Yes, maintain professionalism at all times!
It will help calm your nerves if you brought your resume to the interview. (I always do; it’s like a cue-card for me)
Also, think of instances/situations that you can recall from your past teaching experiences. For example, they might ask you a situation where you had to deal with a difficult student; etc. They will most likely stress that the interview will be confidential and you could describe situations without naming your students.
Recall successes and failures (failures = opportunity to improve). Walk them through the interview with what you’ve done. If they asked a question where you have never encountered, be honest and say you haven’t faced any situation like that, but if you were… make a hypothetical answer.
Hope this helps.