Skype ESL Interview Tips
When applying for TEFL jobs abroad you might find some interviews are face to face, some are over the phone whilst we are now finding more and more recruiters are using Skype to hire teachers.
We have put together some useful information and tips if you are going to have a Skype interview for a TEFL job overseas.
Some people are a little shocked when they get an e-mail asking to take part in an online interview over Sky but don't worry having an interview over Skype is very common. Remember a lot of TEFL schools are based all around the world and it's likely the manager will want to see you and have a friendly chat before hiring you and Skype is often the best method to do this.
If you are new to Skype, this is a program which allows you to chat to someone around the world similar to a telephone but you are connected to the internet instead. You can download a Skype app for your computer or mobile telephone free although you will need to add credit if you are calling someone. If you have a webcam you can also video chat which is now the most popular option for TEFL job interviews.
Here are our top tips for TEFL Skype interviews:
- When you register for Skype you will need to register a username, choose a sensible one this will be visible to everyone you speak to. Also there is a the option to add an image, again use a sensible picture of yourself
- If you have never used Skype before, test it out with a friend or family member so you can get used to the look and feel of the program
- It's always good to make a good first impression and so dress appropriately, remember this is a job interview which could help land you a dream job abroad
- Confirm the date and time of the interview and also get a telephone number of the contact so you can phone if you don't see them online
- Go to a location where you can get good and fast internet access, try to avoid a pub for example which doesn't look very professional. Also avoid noisy locations
- Be friendly, patient and speak clearly, sometimes the Skype connection can not be the best whilst remember your recruiter might not speak English as their native language and so understanding their accent might take a while
- Write down a list of questions you might have about the position and it's also good to keep a list of the positive things which can support your application
- Once the interview has finished and before signing up always research the institution on websites like Facebook to get feedback from previous teachers
For more information and advice about Skype TEFL interviews contact us.