Once an application has been accepted, we aim to schedule an interview with employers as soon as possible.
As we recruit internationally, all of our interviews are done via video chat. Each interview lasts approximately 30 minutes and gives employers the chance to assess a candidates suitability and gives candidates the chance to find out more about the role.
Interviews can be intimidating and nerve-wracking, so we have put together a guide explaining the process, offering tips and giving example questions:
Firstly, you'll need to set up ready for the interview. Our interviews are conducted via WeChat - a communication app similar to Whatsapp and Skype.
Download it here:
Once you've installed the app and set up an account you can add us as a contact using our QR code, or give us a call and we'll walk you through the process.
Each interview is different and each employer needs different information to assess a candidates suitability. However, interviews tend to follow a particular structure and use particular questions.
Here's an example of how interviews typically go and some advice on answering the questions.
(please remember that this is intended as a guide only and we cannot guarantee interviews will follow the plan laid out below)
Employers tend to begin by explaining the role and a little about their school.
Then they will want to find out a little more about you:
- Your basic information (e.g your name, age and location)
- Your relevant education and employment history
- Your specific teaching experience and if you have any form of TEFL qualification
Once they've gotten to know you a bit better, they'll want to understand your motivations:
- Why do you want to teach English?
- Why do you want to teach in China specifically?
- Why do you want to teach this specific age group?
- What are you most excited about with regards to this role?
After that, they'll want to assess your competency with a few teaching-based question:
- Do you enjoy working with children?
- How would you deal with difficult students or conflicts in class?
- What do you think is most important to keep in mind/practise when teaching children?
- Are you comfortable dealing with challenges/ new situations?
Finally, they'll want to know about your availability:
- When are you available to relocate?
- Will you be moving by yourself or with family members etc?
Tip: try to practise giving concise, well-thought out answers to these questions and make sure you relate anything you mention to the role. (For example explaining how different, non-educational jobs in your employment history will benefit your teaching)
After the employer has finished asking you questions it's time for you to ask any questions you have about the role.
Ask about anything you need clarifying; typically candidates ask about relocation support, accommodation and teaching schedules.
Some candidates will be asked to attend a second interview, depending on the school.
Employers will typically respond with a job offer within a week of the final interview.