I was fortunate to get hired in the district I teach in. Before getting hired, I had two other interviews. One happened in a large group atmosphere that narrowed to me sitting with three teachers or administrators and answering questions. It was my first interview for a "real" job and I performed miserably. My second interview happened over the phone for a position in another state.
In Chapter 7, "A Commonsense Challenge," Hess writes, "Districts need to put quality-conscious personnel in charge of the hiring process and eliminate the excessive paperwork and lengthy delays that deter good candiates" (203). I wonder about the hiring process.
Our district takes applications and reviews them. If the candidate seems intriguing, at least slighty, I suppose, that candidate is offered a pool-interview. If that goes well for the candidate, they are placed into the pool to be looked at by individual adminstrators. It is a lengthy process with the intent, I hope, of finding the most qualified candidates. But those interviewing the candidates don't necessarily know the needs of every individual school, nor what strengths and weanesses an individual principal is willing to develop. The two real interviews I had worked in similar ways, it seems, so I don't know any other way. It makes me wonder how others do it.
How does your district hire candidates? Is it a lengthy, beauracratic process? Is it site-based? District controlled? Who sits on the review panel and hiring panel?