by Sara Dorsey, Greenheart Travel Teach Abroad Program Manager
If you’re applying to teach English abroad in any of our destination countries, you will very likely be required to interview via Skype webcam with a representative at Greenheart Travel. Here are some of my tips and recommendations for how to succeed and make a good impression during your interview.
Note: If you are applying to teach in Korea, you will also have a Skype interview with a representative in Korea – and all of these basic ideas apply to that interview as well.
1. Figure out Skype ahead of time. Practice with friends or family so you know the basics on how video chatting and Skype works. There is nothing worse than spending 5 minutes at the beginning of the interview waiting for someone to figure out how to work Skype and turn on the video.
2. Accept my request to be a contact – or request me to be yours. Just like Facebook, Skype requires that you “accept” my contact request in order for us to be contacts. This has to happen in order for me to video chat with you. The request will show up at the top of your “buddy list” as a “contact request”. If you’d like to add me as a contact before the interview time just to be sure, please do!
3. Do your research! Make sure you know the basics about the program you are specifically applying for. Why are you applying for a position with Teach and Learn with Georgia (TLG)? Why the English Program in Korea (EPIK)? What makes this program more appealing to you than the others?
4. Learn about the food, culture, and language of the country you will be potentially living in. Do you like khachapuri? Can you read Hangul? Have you ever been to a Wat? Do you know what any of those things are? If not, you might want to learn some cultural basics about your destination.
5. Remember that this is a job interview. Teaching English abroad is not a vacation, nor is it a privilege. It’s not a guarantee that if you’re qualified you will be chosen. Show enthusiasm for the actual job and act like you want it!
6. Make a good first impression. Just because you’re on a webcam, it does not mean you can show up in your pajamas. Dress as if you’re interviewing in person! Also, make sure that in the background of your webcam there aren’t any inappropriate things hanging on the walls.
7. Be prepared to reiterate what you’ve listed on your application. Even if you’ve already sent me your resume and listed your past experiences on the application – I want to hear about it from you personally.
8. Don’t be nervous. I get really nervous for interviews, so I understand if you are nervous – but take a deep breath… and I promise I’ll be nice. 🙂