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Re: Being diplomatic in an interview
Do your homework. Call previous directors. Call the local music store rep and local directors. In the interview ask what are the challenges they see—try not to talk about the revolving door unless they bring it up. Work up a list of questions that will get your the answers you are looking for without pointing fingers. A few things like, what is the daily schedule, how many electives do you have can lead you to figure out what is going on without being accusatory.
You are interviewing for the HBD position in a 5A/6A program. Program health is strong, pretty much a lock for a Sweepstakes every year in a region where every band in that class is a strong program.
Problem is that it seems that the band hall has a "revolving door" on it as far as directors are concerned. Having a director stay 3 years is a miracle; usually two-and-done. If it happened once in a blue moon, you could say that it was due to a "bad fit" between director and school. However, in this case, it is a chronic issue that has been going on for decades; every two (or on occasion three) years the position is open.
In an interview, how would you approach this issue...or would you even bring it up? I have never been in this situation, but it would be nice to know how to avoid stepping on a land mine in a future interview if possible.