- 6 months ago
I applied for a teaching job online just before Christmas. The recruitment agency that the school had used phoned me up and asked if I’m qualified, I said yes but that my qualification hasn’t be validated in this particular country where I live/work. They said they would find out of its ok.
Then last Thursday they called again and said it’s ok, and that the school wanted to phone me.
Later that evening I got a WhatsApp message saying ‘Hi. I am *insert her name here* from *insert school’s name here*, we are looking for a primary school teacher. Can I call you later today? I’m flying to *insert country name here* and arrive at 8ish. Can I contact you over whatsapp at 8?’ I replied saying that’s fine blah blah blah .
8pm comes .No call. 9pm I message her asking if we still going to be taking that evening. She then rings me about 5 minutes later. The conversation was bizarre. She asked if I’m qualified and then asked if ive taught primary or secondary. And then explained the position would be to teach art (all good. I love art). Then she mentioned the pay. I asked when the starting date is and she said ‘about 2 weeks ago’…and then it went silent …like she had kind of offered me the job?? I said to her ‘ok. Can I think about it?’
I think messaged later that evening asking I can come into school and look around on Tuesday (yesterday – first day back after Xmas). She said that was great.
So I went in yesterday….she took me into her office and said to me ‘i can’t open your Cv. you don’t have a copy with you by any chance?’ I said no. So she said ‘nevermind .You can tell me’. So we spoke and she hurried me around the school and introduced me to some people and then took me into the office to give a load of paperwork to fill in and told me which documents I need to send to them and by when etc etc.
Anyway…I left feeling really overwhelmed. Got a whatsapp on my way home asking me to send her my passport number when I can.
After speaking to my SO I decided maybe to decline. I messaged her saying I was sorry but I wouldn’t be accepting the offer blah blah blah. She asked why and said she hoped it was something they could solve. I told her some reasons and then later on she got back to me again saying ‘thinking about you and this job. Maybe we could offer a higher salary. Would that make it more attractive for you? I really want you to work for us’
I haven’t responded yet.