Interviewees are treated like cattle

23rd July 2010 at 01:00

I recently attended an interview for a senior leader position. I was given a 15-minute time slot to teach. For this I had to change into sportswear in a cupboard, with a door that did not close more than halfway, in view of other candidates not of my gendcr, and with nowhere to hang my clothes.

The day continued on a similar theme, as I was rushed from lesson to interview to scenario task and on to another interview. By 11.30am all was done, and the agony of a lengthy wait for the decision began.

In the corporate world, a candidate for a post would at least have been given a cup of tea. A tour around some well-furnished offices, perhaps. But not in teaching today. Despite six years of university education and more than a decade in teaching, I find myself treated like cattle in a market. No wonder teachers are leaving the profession.

Secondary teacher, Name and address supplied.

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