And life just keeps getting weirder. I mentioned last month that Girl Ninja has been applying for teaching jobs here in Washington. She went through a phone interview two weeks ago with a private school, and just yesterday heard that they’d like to set up a second job interview. Woohoo!!! In addition to an in person interview, they’d like to observe her teach a lesson to a kindergarten class.
That could be a little difficult seeing that Girl Ninja is currently in San Diego.
The principal made two proposals to Girl Ninja. If we were willing/able we would fly her up to WA (on our dollar) next week so she could spend most of Friday at the school doing a second job interview, teaching, and getting a feel for how things work. If we couldn’t get her up here, the other option would be to have Girl Ninja film one of her teaching lessons in San Diego, mail it to the school, and go through a final interview via a Skype session. Awkward!
Most employers will front the cost for any travel expenses incurred by an applicant. Teaching, especially at a private school, is a totally different gig though. We know they have interviewed at least a few other local applicants, so we don’t feel like we are in a position to request for the school to pay for her ticket. I did some quick searching last night and found a round trip ticket for $300. But should we really fork out three hundred big for a second job interview?
We considered going the videotape and Skype interview route, but ultimately decided this would put Girl Ninja at a severe disadvantage. If the administration was able to meet with ALL of the other applicants in person, why the heck would they hire someone they’ve never physically met? What’s more, videotaping and Skyping just seems weird. Have you ever filmed anything, or video chatted with someone online? Technology is unreliable. What if the tapes audio or video was poor quality? What if the internet connection is bad during the video chat interview? A technology glitch could seriously hurt her chances
I’d be lying though if I said the thought of coughing up $300 for a second job interview didn’t bother me. As I mentioned before, we know they have interviewed other applicants for the kindergarten position. What if we fly her up here and they go with one of the other prospects? We’re out $300 and a job. I wish the principal gave us a little more insight in to how seriously they were considering Girl Ninja for the slot. Is she competing with one other person, or ten? Is she the stand out candidate thus far, or just average? If I were Girl Ninja, I’d probably say something like “I’d be happy to fly up for a second job interview, but since it will be at my expense, I’d appreciate some assurance that I am one of the top candidates in the selection pool.” Maybe that’s bold, but I think it’s totally appropriate. Girl Ninja, however, wouldn’t feel comfortable asking such a thing.
So even though we are out $300 and have no guarantee a job offer is pending, we figure it’s worth a shot. It’s been four weeks since we last saw each other, so we are treating this interview as an excuse to hang out together next weekend. Okay… time to go get some liposuction, trim my nose hairs, and get a pedicure so I’m looking super sexy for her 🙂
What would you have done if you were in our shoes? Paid the $300 straight up? Requested additional information before agreeing to fly up? Or gone the frugal route and done the videotape lesson/skype as the second job interview? Have you EVER paid to interview!?