Job offers

How to handle being offered the job at the interview

Unlike other employers you may have encountered, schools often like to make appointments on the day of interview.  This means you will have to make your decision pretty much straight away and it can mean you feel pressured. So you’ll need to know what you are looking for – and maybe more importantly, what you are not looking for – when you attend an interview. If you’re not completely sure on the day, it’s perfectly reasonable to ask for 24 hours to consider an offer or to be allowed to consider overnight. Don’t feel pressured into taking a job you are offered if it is isn’t right for you.

It is not uncommon to attend interviews at several schools before being offered a post. Although frustrating, see this as working in your favour, allowing you to see a variety of schools and get more sense of what is realistic.

Conversely, your tutors and other experienced teachers may (rightly) recommend that you don’t jump at your first job offer. But if you’ve done your homework beforehand and been offered a job which you know is right for you, don’t hesitate to accept it!