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July 13, 2005

Interview Anyone?

Ah yes, the new school year is upon us, and we all know what that means--interviews!

Does anyone else hate them as much as I do??

If you're preparing for a change in your ESL position, or are a newbie going for your first interview, here are a few simple tips to help get you through it.

•Be certified. Although some schools will still hire teachers just because they are native speakers, those days are quickly passing. (I had a reader ask this week if certifications are a waste of time. My answer is a resounding NO! While it is possible to still get a job without one in some areas, it's important to remember that "getting a job" isn't the only reason to get certified. By attending one of these programs, you'll be better prepared to walk into a classroom full of students who don't speak your language, yet expect to!) Honestly, it takes more than "knowing the language" to be a successful ESL teacher.

•Dress appropriately. Just because you’re applying for a school located on a beach, that doesn’t mean you should wear shorts and sandals to the interview!

•Be confident. If you are well-trained, you should reek of confidence. Schools will usually question whether a shy teacher can take control of a class.

•Follow Up. There are scores of stories about a teacher following up on an interview, and being offered the job on the spot. Sometimes, a well-timed contact is just what an interviewer needs to make that final decision!

Do you have a funny interview story that you'd like to share? If so, drop me a line, and if I get some good ones, I'll post them here. It can only help to alleviate everyone's nerves in the interview season!

Until next time,

Michelle

Posted by msimmons at July 13, 2005 02:26 PM

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