Friday, September 19, 2008


so I know you all have been waiting for my 2nd job interview update (lol, just kidding)! OK... so it went really, really well.. I made sure I was extremely prepared and even gathered together a list of questions that I wanted to have answered. The interview lasted about 40 minutes! I have a good feeling about it, eventhough I am really trying not to get to excited about anything yet. The next step in the process would be a final interview at the facility by an HR rep! The lady I spoke with told me to expect to hear something in about 2 weeks, give or take a lil and that the job wouldn't start until mid-November.

I also asked how many people they were interviewing..(I'm not sure if I mentioned this prior, but THEY found ME! I have my resume posted on 2 different job websites and they found it and called me for the available position! Kinda cool, right?) So anyway, they said so far they had 50 applicants and that I was 1 of 4 who are up for the job! I think that is pretty good odds.

I think the job has the potential to be very interesting and rewarding! I think that teaching children that have some emotional and mental problems also has the possibility for being very difficult! That is something that I have to think about also if I am offered the job! The lady that interviewed me also did say that I would never be left alone with the students and that I would have a male mental health supervisor with me at all times! There is also a phone in the room that goes directly to the front desk and (this is what spooked me a lil, but not too much) that there is a panic button on the desk! She gave me the example: it is there incase a student trys to stab you through the neck with a pen falls and hurts themselves and starts to bleed! I would be able to hit the panic button and help would come instantly for the child!

The good thing is that my salary has the potential to more then double and I would have full benefits, completely paid for! My day would only consist of teaching for 4 hours a day - 2 in the early morning and 2 in the early afternoon! The rest of my day would consist of educational reports, contacting public schools and preparing lesson plans. I thought it was pretty cool! But like I said - we'll see! I'm just going to go about my buisness and continue working at my present job! I mean I love my present job - but I also need to think about my personal security financially! I want to get married and buy a house and double the salary is a great start! And like I mentioned I am not going to get excited until there is something to get excited about! Who knows - I may not even want the job, right?(eventhough I kinda really do**BIG SIGH**)
What do you think!?!


Pam said...

I hope it all works out for you!!

Lori said...

I hope it works out for you. You may want to find out what kind of training they are going to provide you to assist you in dealing with any potential outbursts. You may want to be trained to restrain children which you can NOT legally do without certification in that area.

As you said working with this type of child can be difficult, but it also can be very rewarding and at least they recognize how much extra work comes along with it and provides you time to fill out all the paperwork and attend the necessary meetings

La Petite Belle said...

I think it's a fabulous job. When I read about the panic button, though, and I thought this was an 8-hour day job, I was like "omg, that sounds like a lot to handle) but teaching only 4 hours and then doing office work? sounds like heaven to me, because it includes teaching, which you love, but not all day, so you'll get breaks. (breaks to remove the stabbed pen from your neck, for example) hahaha I'm so happy for you, and of course the raise and benefits sound awesome, we are also lucky in that my husband's co. pays for our full benefits at 100%, no deductible, etc.. and not too many companies do that, so it's a good thing.

Ashley said...

Ooh, I don't know!

I have a friend who works in a hospital with kids and he has to RESTRAIN them - he's gotten punched, kicked, stabbed - everything.

If that's part of the job and you're willing to deal with it - then YES! Take it if you're offered! Because 4 hours of teaching and some office work is a wonderful balance. (Trust me - that was my last job. Just perfect!)

Hope you got to ask LOTS of questions - how long do most teachers stay? Why do they leave? Things like that...

Mommy Mechanics said...

I hope it all works out the way you want it too. And hopefully they get back to you soon cause the waiting game sucks and that 2 weeks is gonna feel like 2 months!

Amanda. said...

I think you probably
stunned them with your
fabulousness...and the
rest is up to them.
Whatever happens...
which I hope is in your
benefit...will be for
the best! And that's
the mindset you have to
keep. Positive thoughts!

You're going to be great.

You're a dazzling little
lady...and any place would
be sorry to not hire you.

Momma On The Go said...

Good luck. I'll keep my fingers crossed not that it sounds like you need it. I love your description of the panic button. Hopefully you'll never have to use it!

THopgood said...

Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

Anna said...

Such an exciting time in your life! Good luck! I wish you nothing but the best.

Andrea said...

That is really cool that they found you?! That doesn't happen too often! I hope it all works out for you though!

Katelin said...

oh yay, good luck dana!! hope it works out and you get the job, woo!

and have a fabulous weekend!

thatShortChick said...

::sending you tons of good thoughts & energy::

enjoy your weekend, nonetheless!

Christy said...

It sounds like it could be a great opportunity. DOUBLE THE SALARY? That is awesome.

EP said...

How exciting for you! That's an awesome opportunity, and I know you'll make the right choice if you get the job. (:

Keep us updated!

Tipp said...

1. I was anxiously awaiting the update.
2. I did this with special needs children in a hospital setting straight from a classroom full-time and if it weren't for a few very bitchy women I would still be there today.
3. It is not wrong to think of yourself financially.
4. If it is meant to be I can't think of anyone more deserving!

Keep us updated!

MoziEsmé said...

Hoping all works out for the best! Your description of the position reminds me a little of Torey Hayden's books - she's one of my heros.

I spent 3 years working for a vocational rehab for people with mental disabilities, and we were taught appropriate interventions for threatening situations. In the time I was there, the only time a staff was injured (and we called police to come intervene) - it was with a guy that I really liked and would never have felt threatened by. I believe the staff just acted without thinking that day.

So there are risks involved, but I'm guessing they won't feed you to the wolves - they'll make sure you have appropriate training and backup.

Auburn Kat said...

I hope it works out for you!

Job interviewing is an awful process, I've been through it a thousand times....hang in there!