You've all heard about speed dating, right?
You know - where you sit in a room filled with tables. There's a person sitting at each of those tables. You have about 10 minutes at each table...you share, you discuss, then you hear a buzzer telling you it's time to move to the next table. At the end, you decide if you found any possible love matches - and decide to exchange numbers.
Well, imagine that scenario - but instead of love interests being on the other side of those tables..there are potential job offers.
That's exactly the scene I encountered yesterday. Speed interviewing.
There were six principles from six different schools stationed at six different tables. There were six candidates interviewing at a time. You sit down, introduce yourself, and the ten minutes begins. Ten minutes to explain why you think you'd be a good fit in their school, and answer the questions they have.
It was a little...well...urm....SCARY!! Yeah, that's a good word. Terrifying? Yeah, maybe that too.
I will say this now. Ten minutes is a very short amount of time. VERY SHORT. Just when you get into a great conversation, things are going really well, you're enjoying the time....BEEEEEPPPP...time's up, move on and start over.
Despite how nerve wracking it was - it really was a great experience.
I had a wonderful opportunity to talk to five principles I've never met before - and the principle I've been with since August.
Each principle had different questions, so I was constantly thinking on my feet - trying to extract the best answer from my brain....but overall, I think it went pretty well.
I like to think of myself as a person that performs well under pressure. That was, of course, until the pressure is the fate of my future career...even that was a little too much pressure for my liking. Despite my nerves kicking in and my hands dripping with sweat - I think I did pretty well.
There were a couple of questions that got me rambling - and I don't like to ramble. There were a few questions that got me really excited - and the excitement transferred to the principle. There were a question or two that froze me on the spot - the questions I just didn't expect and sent shock waves of panic through my body...because those questions weren't on my practice sheet. But I managed to compose myself and answer to the best of my ability.
Before I knew it, the hour was over. I had completed six mini interviews and I left feeling pretty good about the whole thing.
It was definitely a learning experience.
Now, I'm ready for the "real deals". Let's just hope I can get one or two.