Interviewing at International Schools
Interviews aren’t everyone’s favourite thing. However, international school recruiters will put a large emphasis on the interview in order to assess a candidate’s personality, their values and teaching style, team fit and how well they handle pressure. This is especially important when you consider that teachers have busy schedules, deal with a wide variety of issues and have significant responsibility demanded of them.
There’s no getting around the interview when applying for an international teaching position, therefore the best thing to do is become the best interviewee possible. So how does one achieve this? Here are a few things to keep in mind to have your best interview:
A smiling and friendly face is always a good icebreaker. It will help you to relax and show your interviewer how you can connect to students with warmth.
Research the School and the Position
This will not only provide you with talking points, but it can show a recruiter that you have done your research and take the position seriously.
Any recruiter will welcome questions about the position and the school. This will again show the recruiter that you care. It will also give you a better idea of the position so you know if it’s a good fit. This is especially the case if you’re applying for an international job. For example, if you’re looking at teacher jobs in Shanghai, you’ll want to ………. .
Dress the Part
It’s important to make sure you create a good first impression and we all know that looking professional for a formal interview makes sense. A prospective teacher should look smart and dressed for the occasion – whether the interview is in-person or via Skype.
Prepare to talk about yourself
This may sound obvious but make sure you prepare some good examples you can share with the interviewer about past successes and difficulties. This allow you to demonstrate your achievements as well as how you’ve learnt from (or overcome) a challenging situation.
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