30 Jan 2020 | Theodore
When working as an ESL teacher, most of the time our interviews begin first over Skype, or one of the many other video chat applications. However, the idea of doing a video Skype interview is daunting. No worries, I have you covered. Below are some tips that you can use in a Skype interview or in an in-person interview. While each company looks for something different, below are the tips that would assist you in acing all of them. Ready?
Whether you are pensive, imaginative, quiet, or high energy, it takes teachers of all different types. Your personality is a major selling factor. While doing an interview talk about some of your hobbies or things that make you stand out. Do you like sports? What about engaging in local culture? Do you like RPG (role playing games)? Do you like anime or Marvel? Show case it. Interviewers are looking for small clues that can help you stand out.
Seriously. Ask what the company stands for and what they are looking for in their teachers. If you are looking to be a long-term teacher, it is best for you to demonstrate your willingness to grow and develop as a professional. By asking questions you are showing that you have researched the company/organization (i.e. their about page), what they expect out of their teachers, and what makes them different from other recruitment agencies/schools. It will make you stand out.
Going off the first point, showcasing your personality is one thing but showcasing your passion is another. Whether you want to be a teacher for one year or for 50, having the ability to share your passions with your interviewer will go a long way. Why? Well, if you are passionate about let’s say My Hero Academia (♡), this can translate into some awesome lesson ideas (superhero day where students create their own superheroes or you can go over onomatopoeias and how comics do it, etc.). And since passion is contagious, your students will be excited to learn more about it and to participate. Another easy thing to showcase your passion is about why you want to teach (e.g. to reach new communities, to save up money for a year while experiencing local culture, help lower income communities, to assist refugees, etc.)