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Old 11-07-2018, 12:33 PM   #2326
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2 more days till the deadline, my status is still submitted.

2nd time applying since the start of year, what do i got to do to make they call me?
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Old 11-07-2018, 02:11 PM   #2327
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Hi All,

For those who have been interviewed, do you mind sharing what type of questions the panel will be asking?

Thank you so much in advance!

Went for interview the last round. Aside from the standard questions (why do you want to be a teacher, do you know there's a lot of admin work etc), there were a few questions that surprised me.

- They asked what I thought was lacking in terms of teaching my subject (English) in Singapore

- They mentioned that I have always been from good schools. Was I prepared that not all students will be well behaved if I were to be posted to a neighbourhood school.

- asked for my opinion about meeting students outside of school (related to my essay question)

From my experience they will question your answers and try to pick at them for loose threads. Apparently this does not necessarily mean you gave a 'bad' answer, since my arguments got nitpicked quite a bit but I got it in the end. Be prepared to defend your stance and be firm, but acknowledge other points of view. Hope this helps
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Old 11-07-2018, 04:54 PM   #2328
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2 more days till the deadline, my status is still submitted.

2nd time applying since the start of year, what do i got to do to make they call me?
same here...very demoralised..i am still waiting..

could it be the competition is very high?

Or due to over supply of potential candidates?
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Old 11-07-2018, 06:18 PM   #2329
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Went for interview the last round. Aside from the standard questions (why do you want to be a teacher, do you know there's a lot of admin work etc), there were a few questions that surprised me.

- They asked what I thought was lacking in terms of teaching my subject (English) in Singapore

- They mentioned that I have always been from good schools. Was I prepared that not all students will be well behaved if I were to be posted to a neighbourhood school.

- asked for my opinion about meeting students outside of school (related to my essay question)

From my experience they will question your answers and try to pick at them for loose threads. Apparently this does not necessarily mean you gave a 'bad' answer, since my arguments got nitpicked quite a bit but I got it in the end. Be prepared to defend your stance and be firm, but acknowledge other points of view. Hope this helps

You had been shortlisted for secondary?
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Old 12-07-2018, 11:34 AM   #2330
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You had been shortlisted for secondary?
Yes, secondary
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Old 12-07-2018, 11:40 PM   #2331
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Hi all,
I need help with something.
Iíve recently been shortlisted for the PGDE
course but they offered me the subjects
English & Math but Math wasnít my option
at all but rather, English and Social Studies.
Does anyone know if this is something that
can be appealed? Thank you.
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Old 13-07-2018, 07:02 AM   #2332
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Hi all,
I need help with something.
Iíve recently been shortlisted for the PGDE
course but they offered me the subjects
English & Math but Math wasnít my option
at all but rather, English and Social Studies.
Does anyone know if this is something that
can be appealed? Thank you.
Based on what some of my friends went through, you can appeal. However, most of the time, they won't entertain unless you have a strong case. However, if you don't take up the offer, they will offer to the next person in their list though. You will then have to reapply again.
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Old 13-07-2018, 07:08 AM   #2333
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same here...very demoralised..i am still waiting..

could it be the competition is very high?

Or due to over supply of potential candidates?
Any news on your application?

frankly, they are slowing down the recruitment process due to the merger of schools. Those teachers affected by the mergers will have to be redeployed to other schools first. However, teachers do come and go, hence so it is a long process for applicants sometimes.

don't give up. Hope you get it.
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Old 13-07-2018, 08:18 AM   #2334
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Hi all,
I need help with something.
Iíve recently been shortlisted for the PGDE
course but they offered me the subjects
English & Math but Math wasnít my option
at all but rather, English and Social Studies.
Does anyone know if this is something that
can be appealed? Thank you.
Hi. I recently faced a similar situation. I was shortlisted for a different subject combi from what I chose. So I called to ask if it's possible to make an appeal.

They were discouraging me to appeal and said that if I really wanted to, they will have to take me out from the slot that they have offered me for the interview and see if they still have vacancy for the one I requested. No guarantee that I can still get back the former position they offered. They did mention that the one I wanted to appeal for is almost full so they can't guarantee a slot there either. So it sounds like I can risk losing both.

I decided not to appeal. Haha.
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Old 13-07-2018, 10:18 AM   #2335
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Hi thanks for your input. Iím a bit apprehensive about
teaching Maths. My concern is in the long run, how
I would be able to handle it but if it had been English &
Social Studies or Science. I would be more comfortable.
Sigh... I am waiting to hear from them this morning
and am not sure whether should appeal or now. Anyone
has done the appeal before?

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Old 13-07-2018, 10:22 AM   #2336
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Based on what some of my friends went through, you can appeal. However, most of the time, they won't entertain unless you have a strong case. However, if you don't take up the offer, they will offer to the next person in their list though. You will then have to reapply again.
Yeah, itís definitely a long process.
I applied in February and only now
they called me. Iím worried if I
appealed, how much longer it
would take.
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Old 13-07-2018, 11:49 AM   #2337
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Hi all,
I need help with something.
Iíve recently been shortlisted for the PGDE
course but they offered me the subjects
English & Math but Math wasnít my option
at all but rather, English and Social Studies.
Does anyone know if this is something that
can be appealed? Thank you.
Hi jerichorose88, I was actually shortlisted for subjects entirely different from what I applied for. I went to the interview with the hope of being able to convince them for a change in subjects. It worked out for me. Feel free to PM me if you'd like to know more about my experience.
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Old 13-07-2018, 11:59 AM   #2338
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Hi jerichorose88, I was actually shortlisted for subjects entirely different from what I applied for. I went to the interview with the hope of being able to convince them for a change in subjects. It worked out for me. Feel free to PM me if you'd like to know more about my experience.

Thatís great to hear. Thank you kindly. Iím new here.
How do I pm you?
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Old 13-07-2018, 12:01 PM   #2339
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hi jerichorose88! may i know which day you are scheduled for the interview?
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Old 13-07-2018, 12:11 PM   #2340
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hi jerichorose88! may i know which day you are scheduled for the interview?

They wanted to schedule me in about two weeks
time but the recruitment officer that I spoke to
seemed to be steering me away from the conversation
of appealing to change subjects but she was
quite persistent on calling me back to confirm
the interview date.
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