Job sharing

28th October 2005 at 01:00
Ms K writes:

I have an interview for a 0.6 FTE job share coming up. Not quite sure what to expect.

Is the other 0.4 of the job share likely to be on the interview panel? Are there any questions specific to job-share posts that they are likely to ask?

I know they've probably got a sitting tenant in the job.

Alison_Stewart replies:

I am a 0.6 job-share in a school nursery. The 0.4 teacher will not necessarily be on the panel, (if so, they are not supposed to be able to say anything at the interview, just listen), but if you don't see them, I would ask if it is possible to meet them as it's crucial you get good vibes (and vice-versa) before making a decision were you to be offered the job.

I would ask how the headteacher sees the job-sharers liaising: is it through telephone or coming together at some point during the week? I once job-shared for a term with a teacher who didn't want any communication with me, and I felt that was really unprofessional, not to mention lazy.

Job-sharing is really hard work - you always do more than you should - but if you work alongside the correct person, it can be very fulfilling. Good Luck!

Busybusybee replies:

Sorry, can't answer your job-share questions specifically, but just wanted to say try to go in as positive as possible. Don't assume that there's an internal candidate or known entity ready to take the job ...

If possible, ask to see around the school: does it have a website?; can you get hold of the school development plan?

At the end of the day, just be true to yourself. Personality is important in job-share, so there's no point trying to be someone they want you to be, then being miserable because you and your job-share partner have a clash of personalities!

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