- 6 years ago
- Wedding: November 2011
So many of you may remember my last post on the NYC board, where my fiance had been offered a pretty good job/salary, but I was having a bit of an existential crises over giving up a job I love here in Dallas and having to worry about finances because of the cost of living in NYC.
So fast forward to now…we made the decision for him to take the job and he’s moving this week. I’m going to move to join him in June when the school year here in Texas finishes. Meanwhile, I’m sending resumes and filling out job applications like crazy. I even had a job interview in norther New Jersey at a school district already, but I didn’t get it.
So, I’m currently working full-time, planning a wedding, I’m on a book committee for my state which takes a lot of extra time, looking for a job, and planning a big move halfway across the U.S. Needless to say, I am S.T.R.E.S.S.E.D.
So here’s the issue: I got a response to one of my applications at an EXTREMELY prestigious private school in Manhattan. My interview is next Friday. So, for the second time this month, I’m spending $450 of my own money to fly to NYC for an interview that I may or may not get. Usually, I feel pretty confident in myself during interviews, but the fact that I thought I hit the last interview out of the park and *didn’t* get the job has shaken me a little. And that was just a PUBLIC school. This is a super-expensive, well known private school. I was still feeling super excited about the interview until I got the “interview schedule” yesterday. I am literally interviewing for 4 hours, 4 back to back 1 hour sessions, with several small committees of people. 4 hours of interviews!!! I’ve never been through such a rigorous interview process in my life.
So now, I’m secretly having a small confidence issue. I imagine all the other interviewees being people who have been on the Newberry committee and who went to Harvard or Columbia, or whose familes are super wealthy, etc. etc. I’ve read on their website that several of the teachers are former students, which means their families were paying $30,000+ for them to go there.
This is not something I would tell my fiance….but I’m feeling a little out of my league. I mean, I’m definitely still going to the interview and trying my best. But do any of you have any advice for me?
Are there any bees who have experience working in a fancy-schmancy school? Are the people who work there basically the same as teachers anywhere? Are there any tips you’d give me?
And finally….this is a job for the lower school, so elementary. I want to look “teachery”, but also professional. What should I wear?? I don’t want to look like I’m interviewing for a wall street job, but I do want to look good. Advice?