Ten Interview Tips
We understand that preparing yourself for an interview for a job that would have you moving to a brand new country can be a little bit stressful. I think if you keep these pointers in mind, it will help you impress the interviewer and make sure you get the job you are looking for.
The job hunt process with Teach ESL Korea is a bit different than some companies, since we do as much work as we can before the interview, to make sure were selecting the best school for you, right from the beginning. From the type of job, to the type of city, to making sure we show you the best job first, we want to make sure this process is comfortable for you. Be aware we could show you multiple offers, but we focus our energy on the school that is the most reliable.
- Ask some questions. Make sure you ask a few questions about the school. Schools do not want to hire tourists, so you need to show a genuine interest in helping kids learn the English language. Try not to bombard the interviewer with questions, as you may seem picky, or just intimidating if the interviewers level of English is not too high. We can always get you the answers to any questions, so feel free to send any you have through us.
- Be aware of your accent. If you are not from North America, it is not a bad idea to even Americanize your accent.
- Speak slowly. The interviewer is listening to make sure the students will understand you when you are speaking. Force yourself to slow down.
- Speak in full sentences. Even if it seems like the interviewer doesnt understand exactly what you are saying. Avoid yes/no answers.
- Be ready for anything, even a very casual interview. I am always asked for tips on the types of questions in interviews. It can vary dramatically. You might be asked about class control, culture shock in such a different country, or even if you have ever seen anyone do drugs (always deny any drug use or knowledge, since Korean culture is not accepting of drugs). Sometimes teachers email me later saying they must not have done well in the interview, since it was so short. This is not the case, it was just a casual interview.
- Be energetic, sincere and flexible. This is what every school is looking for in an applicant.
- Be ready for the call. The times for interviews will be consistent, depending on your country. If you live in North America, the schools usually call around 11am, KOREA TIME. This is 10pm EST, when it is not daylight savings time. If you live in England, South Africa, New Zealand or Australia the schools generally call around 5-6pm, KOREA TIME. You must always make sure TESLK has the best numbers to reach you at for an interview. View world clock.
- Expect a job offer. Keep in mind we have an extensive number of schools we deal with in Korea, but we have selected this school to be the best option for you, in our opinion. In Korea, the school will look at a few resumes, but generally will only interview the candidates they are most interested in hiring. The interview is more of a confirmation of the schools decision, and making sure they like the sound of your voice, and energy level.
- Be prepared to make a decision. For the most part, schools in Korea will expect a decision in no more than 2-3 days. Once they start the job hunt process, they want to secure the best teacher quickly, so if you delay too long, the job might be gone.
- Trust your instinct. Even if we have had good luck with the school that interviews you, but something just doesnt feel right, do not feel pressured into taking this schools offer. We want to make sure you are 100% comfortable and excited as you move through this process, on your way to Korea.