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5 TEFL Interview Questions You Need To Know!

5 TEFL Interview Questions You Need To Know!

You’ve finished your TEFL course, applied for your dream job and are just starting to hear back from all those great schools you’ve contacted. It could be a matter of weeks before you’re on that plane heading for your new life teaching abroad – but first you’ve got to ace that TEFL job interview!

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So…to make things a little easier for you (we’re nice like that), here are a few of the most common TEFL interview questions and how to answer them!

1)     Tell me about your teaching experience…

You’ll be hard pressed to find an interviewer who doesn’t ask you this question. If you’ve got a load of experience then great, if not then this is the time to sell yourself with your TEFL course!  Make sure the employer knows that your TEFL Course is from an accredited industry provider and talk about the different modules that you’ve covered. Remember to tailor your answer to the position you’re applying to, if you’re applying to a kindergarten they’ll be more interested in your young learner teaching skills than your business English certificates.

2)     How would you deal with a child who breaks the rules?

Your employer is looking to check two things here; 1) that you’re not about to lose the plot the first time a child disobeys the rules and  2) that you have good classroom management skills. So…how do you answer? An ideal answer would explain how you set out rules for your class and have obvious consequences for those who break them. It’s equally important to show that you’d try to identify the reason behind your student’s disruptive behaviour – are they bored, not challenged, is the work too difficult?

3)     Why do you enjoy teaching abroad?

Now is not the time to mention your love of travel, exotic holidays and cheap street food. Your new employer wants to hear that you care about their students and are passionate about teaching them English (which of course you areJ)!  Make your answer come to life by talking about the time that you helped a child or language learner to achieve something. This is another great time to bring up your TEFL course to show that you have already committed 100+ hours of your life to becoming a great teacher.

4)     What do you know about (Insert Country)?

Not the typical interview question for the 9-5 in the UK. The interviewer here wants to know that you are culturally prepared for life in their country. If you can show a little knowledge of their customs and culture then you’ll be on to a winner. Avoid any controversial, political or cultural hot topics and remember that in this instance, flattery will get you everywhere!

5)     Do you have any questions for us?

Remember that the TEFL interview is also the opportunity for you to ask any questions about the job before accepting it. What will the students be like, what kind of level of English can you expect to find? Will you have co-teachers who will help to manage the class? Does the school operate split shifts? As with any other job interview it’s best to avoid questions about holiday entitlements and pay – these can be ironed out /negotiated at contract stage.

Weirdest interview questions ever…

From… ‘Do you like Kimchee?’ to ‘Which superhero do you base your teaching style on? (that’s a pretty good one actually….)’ If you’re working abroad in your dream TEFL job, let us know the strangest interview question you’ve ever been asked!

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