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If you think that TEFL job interviews are difficult, scary and worth losing sleep over, then you might be happy to know that they aren’t! Interviews vary according to the institution you are applying for, but unless you’re applying for top schools or universities, you will find TEFL interviews a breeze compared to the formal interviews you get in your own country. Nevertheless, you still have to make a good impression, so here are 7 tips to help you:
· Be friendly When employers call you, they have usually decided your CV/resume fits the bill so to speak. They are simply ringing to check you’re friendly and positive. Every school ultimately wants to keep its students happy. A friendly, positive teacher makes for positive students. Work the charm and laugh – don’t just save your merriness for Christmas!
· Show your interest in teaching Schools don’t want a teacher who just wants some money to support them through travel and doesn’t like teaching! Ask questions about the school and the students. Talk about what you like/would like to do with the students and how you like to create varied, fun lessons!
· Show off your teaching knowledge and experience Any experience is valuable, no matter how insignificant you think it sounds. If you have any experience, no matter how little – flaunt it! If you are a language learner then talk about the fabulous techniques you have learnt from your teacher!
· Show interest One of the biggest problems in many countries is that teachers can’t cope with the culture shock and leave before their contract is finished. Therefore it’s good to show schools how much you want to live in that particular country. Express how much you want to live there and why.
· Be flexible Schools want to know that you are willing to teach any level and age. State your preferences, but let them know that you can be flexible (if you want to that is!).
· Show willing to improve your skills Show the school you are a team player and like to work with other staff members to improve the quality of your lessons. You could also ask what professional development plans the school has and express interest in furthering your TEFL career!
· Listen and speak clearly! When nervous, many people tend to talk over others but try to stop yourself – an important quality in a language teacher is the ability to listen! Speak clearly, politely and in turn. If you have a strong accent, speak clearly as schools want to check their students will be able to understand you! Also try not to speak too quickly, instead keeping an easy pace. (Also it’s important to note that many school owners are not native English speakers).
Sometimes you might even find that schools ring to sell you the job! Above all remember that an interview is also your chance to find out what the school is like. For questions to consider asking your prospective TEFL employer click here.
Anyone else got any good tips for TEFL job interviews?