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to be annoyed they did not shortlist because of too few applicants

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kim147 Wed 20-Mar-13 12:14:13

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ffswhatnow Wed 20-Mar-13 12:15:40

thats a bit shit IMHO - surely it would be better to have someone specific in post rather than look to existing staff to fill the gaps?

ilovecolinfirth Wed 20-Mar-13 12:15:59

Very frustrating. Why don't you ask them for feedback on your application? X

cozietoesie Wed 20-Mar-13 12:18:31

Are they leaving it open to current applicants to re-apply?

cozietoesie Wed 20-Mar-13 12:19:42

PS - sorry - have their previous applications re-submitted I should have said.

samandi Wed 20-Mar-13 12:20:34

I've had this happen before. I don't get the logic. So what if only four people applied for the post? If there's a vacancy and there's someone suitable, give them the job. Waste of everyone's time.

kim147 Wed 20-Mar-13 12:20:48

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notahappycamper Wed 20-Mar-13 12:23:22

This happened to me a few months ago. My application was held on file until they readvertised. Apparently they needed a certain number of candidates before they could shortlist. This was a teaching post too. I didnt get the job in the end sad. It is crap after filling in the form.

LRDtheFeministDragon Wed 20-Mar-13 13:18:44

That's shit. Why do they need a certain number of candidates? confused Or is it just they can't be arsed interviewing if it's not a full day's worth, or something like that?

kim147 Wed 20-Mar-13 16:55:18

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cricketballs Wed 20-Mar-13 17:31:56

its often the case in teaching I'm afraid - at my school we have re-advertised several posts as the Head wasn't happy that so few applicants had the relevant experience etc; his take is that he would just be taking what was on offer at that time rather that the best person for the post

fairylightsinthesnow Wed 20-Mar-13 17:51:58

YANBU to be annoyed but it is the way it goes in teaching. Its not easy to get shot of a bad appointment and in difficult financial times, schools often look at their current staff to see how people can be redeployed.

nalubeadsgirl Wed 27-Mar-13 22:02:39

I have just failed to shortlist for a job I have been doing on a temp fixed term contract basis for over 18 months. I got pg and the contract didn't get renewed. Then, lo and behold, my exact old job gets advertised.

So despite excellent reviews from the other staff, governors and parents, I failed to secure my own job! It is a new HT I might add, so maybe that has something to do with it and she wants to bring in a fresh team?

Would I be out of line to write to ask for feedback? Also, for a copy of my reference that they are sending out to other schools I am applying for?

Feeling very disillusioned with the teaching profession at the moment. At the very time in your life when you need security (birth of first child) here I am jobless and wondering why the hell I bothered working so hard in that school.

StuntGirl Wed 27-Mar-13 22:59:02

It will be to ensure they have a large enough pool of candidates to try and get the best person for the job, not just 'who's available'. It costs about £7k on average to hire/train up new employees and is very difficult for employers to get rid of someone sub-par once they've started. It is in the best interests for many employers to leave hiring until they have a large pool of candidates to choose from. (Not saying you're no good or anything! Just what might be behind their decision).

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