Update: They called early this morning and left a message that they had hired another candidate. I'd be wallowing in misery all day except my Woot! bag of crap is being delivered today and one can't be depressed when there's a BOC to look forward to!
I just finished my first Skype interview...it was awful!! It really is difficult to dazzle people with my winning personality through a computer screen. I took Linda's advice and didn't wear the bright fuchsia jacket...I went with my basic black and white and I wore my slippers!
I was ready to answer the question, why do you want this job? But they didn't ask it. I hate to waste a good answer...
Why do you want this job?
After a year in retirement I miss being in the action, making a difference for kids. I enjoyed subbing, but I miss the ongoing relationships. Yeah, I've got some skills. I can write grants. I'm a great presenter for staff development. I've written hundreds of teacher evaluations. I'm calm under pressure and screaming parents don't throw me. I'm a team player and will go the extra mile to make sure I don't let you down.
When we were establishing our smaller learning communities at my former school, one thing we wanted to do was make sure that every student had at least one adult who knew him by name and knew him on more than a superficial level. The research is pretty clear on kids who have been successful against great odds. Many report that it was one person who made a difference, one person who believed in them, one person who gave them a break I want to be that one person.
Oh, and I want to live closer to my grandchildren in Texas!
There are eight candidates. Five of them interviewed in person, one by phone and one other misguided applicant used Skype like me. I'm telling myself that if it was meant to be then it will happen. But it will be hard to not be disappointed.
So, I guess I'll have to be retired for awhile longer...and I really don't see a dowside to that. Except, I'm so far from the grandchildren. I think I better schedule a vacation so I really feel retired. I'm leaving for San Diego tomorrow!