I'm sorry, I realized I put no news is good news, I should have put
no news is "you're not being offered the job." Sorry.
I am just going from my experience. There is no set answer. I have
had literally 12 interviews since May, with 10 of them being "no's".
The responses have ranged from a Sorry we went with someone else"
call the next day, to a call 2 weeks later, to a form email to all
candidates who did not get the job sent out a couple weeks after the
I have 2 "second interviews" next week and both of these districts
called me the next day to schedule the second interviews.
MOST and I say most, interviews will involve you being told at the
end of the interview the "what's next" process with timeline of
hiring process, when you should hear back, and that. I was at one
where this was not stated and I just asked as the principal was
walking with me to the door. No biggie, he appreciated that I asked
and he was glad to tell me.
So the short answer is - it all varies from district to district
when you find out after an interview. You seem to have a special
case where the interview process is being extended.
That said - I have been told by someone "in the know" to send a
short, to the point, pleasant email after the interview re-thanking
them for the opportunity to interview, but not too "pushy" like
don't go on about how great of a fit you are for the school, the
job, etc. So you have given them followup contact, they know you
are interested in the job still. I personally in this situation
would not call them and press again. But I don't think it would
HURT to call the principal directly???? I personally wouldn't
I hope this helps, I'm sorry I'm not an administrator, I am just
giving my experience from having several interviews over the last
Good luck! I really hope you get the job and everything goes as you
hope. If it helps, I still have not secured a position, although
the possibilities are still there with these 2nd interviews next
week, but I am not counting on those as a solid thing yet. So we're
sort of in the same boat! Cheers and good luck to you! Maybe an
administrator will better answer your question from their
perspective, I just felt compelled to answer since I can relate!
On 8/10/13, anxious wrote:
> Thank you for replying, but your answer is a little confusing.
> you say you hate to be negative but then you say no news is good
> news. I gather that although they said they were going to make a
> quick decision, someone materialized that caused them to draw out
> the process by scheduling more interviews. If they chose someone
> else, I wish they would just let me know. I need to plan what I am
> going to be doing this fall if I do not get this position, yet I
> am hesitant to make other commitments until I hear something. Yet,
> I know about a bird in the hand, etc.
> On 8/10/13, not an admin but... wrote:
>> I would not call. I am also interviewing for teaching jobs,
>> and have had a lot of interviews since May. I have 2 2nd
>> interviews next week. Kind of getting down to the wire
>> considering teachers are starting back to work in 2 weeks.
>> Anyhoo, I am finding that hiring officials will call you
>> either within a day or two (meaning that you were eliminated
>> pretty fast and they moved fast on another candidate to land
>> them) or it may take a week to longer to get a response (that
>> means that they chose someone else, but is taking a while to
>> finalize everything with references, paperwork, etc.) and they
>> don't want to call the other candidates until ALL is finalized
>> with the other candidate as in signed a contract, references
>> checked, all that.
> > In your case it seems they may have gotten more applications
>> and candidates they wanted to interview.
>> I hate to be negative but usually if you are not hearing back,
>> it means you're not a top candidate, or they are having second
>> interviews with other candidates. Like the old - no news is
>> good news. Because this late in the summer, the principal
>> wants to lock it in and fill the position.
>> On 8/10/13, anxious, need advice wrote:
>>> I had one interview and then a second at private school in
>>> mid-July. Both went well and everyone said great things
>>> about me. The principal said he was interviewing one more
>>> person that day and that there would be a quick decision.
>>> The principal was on vaca the week after that,
>>> the 22-26. I called Friday Aug. 2 to check on things and was
>>> told by the person who answered the phone that they were
>>> interviewing more people! I sent the principal a brief email
>>> last Monday Aug. 5 just reiterating my strong interest in
>>> the position and saying I would be happy to
>>> provide any more information. Still nothing! Granted, this
>>> does not look good for my team, but it is hard to completely
>>> give up hope when you have not been given a definite "no."
>>> If they liked me as much as they appeared to, why haven't
>>> they offered me the job? If someone
>>> else popped up that they like better, why don't they just
>>> tell me?
>>> This is driving me nuts! I don't want to pester them, but
>>> should I call again on Monday and ask to speak to the
>>> principal himself? This is a small school, so it is not as
>>> if there is a bureaucracy that needs to go through a long
>>> process. Thanks in advice for any advice.
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