By Josh Barraclough
It's mid-August. You've done all you can do. The kids sat their exams back in May and June. And its showtime! The nervous energy that goes along with it. I will always recall my first results day as a trainee teacher in Nottingham. I had effectively taken over the teaching of the GCSE physics group at NCN, and actually got a mistake for a student by the chancellor of the college.
I saw children who had worked hard, done everything else I had asked of them fail at the final hurdles. I saw children who had worked hard get the rewards they want. And obviously, I saw those students who hadn't worked hard enough fail, and have to think about how they moved forward. There were smiles and tears in equal measure, both frustration and joy but overall, it's the nerves which the teachers feel.
In recruitment, results day is of course interview day. And it's very much the same. All the hard work, both from myself and the candidates come down to one final moment. One hour when they sit down with the companies, talk to them about their experiences and decide whether they are for them. There's still the smiles and sometimes tears, whether that's the next step in the career, or a big new package which the candidate wanted, or that blue-chip company you have always been wanting to work for since you saw their vans roaming around the country.
There are the obvious tears too, be that from frustration at being passed over, thoughtless of by someone you were trying to impress, or anger that you have put yourself out there, without any reward. And there's the nerves, the stresses and strains from me, the recruiter, waiting for the call from my candidates and clients to have the verdict.
As I am writing this, not publication day, I currently have 5 people on interviews today. The day could either be outstanding, good with disappointment, disappointing with a bright spot, or disastrous. It could be I get to make 5 calls this afternoon and evening, or into tomorrow, with excellent news. It could be that I have to make some good and some bad. Or it could be that they are all bad and that deflation will be huge.
What I will say, is I would approach it the same way a co-worker told me back when I first started teaching. For every bad call, make a good one, and always, ALWAYS, end on a good one, it lifts you up as you walk out of the door. So tonight, I will be making those calls, hopefully, all positive, but making sure that success is the final thing I am thinking about.
Any of my co-workers in the office today will confirm that today, the day of writing, I am nervous, I am pacing more than normal, a small amount of stress holding regardless. I have spoken to other people, doing my usual job, but at the back of my mind are those five people whose future employment are in the balance.
And that's where it differs from teaching. Teaching results day is one day. And you don't have your normal job to do. You don't actually even have to attend or speak to the young people who are either elated or disappointed. I have to be in work. I have to speak to them, regardless of the outcome. And, although I have had interviews before, never had this many at once. And the nerves remain every time I have people out on interviews. So that one day of nerves is repeated over and over again. But the successes and thrill are there too. And that's the beauty of it.