If you didn’t get to study abroad in college but still want to experience life in other cultures, consider applying to teach English abroad! The process is like any other prospective job: you apply and interview. The only difference is that it’s likely your interview will take place via Skype.
Sean Lords, just returned from teaching English in Seoul provides this advice: “An interview is not only an interview for them (the hiring agency) to get a feel for you and gauging your
fit for the position, but it’s a wonderful opportunity for you to realize who
you will be working for and what you can expect when heading overseas to teach
English.” Sean’s provided the following guest post on how to to make the most from your Skype interview. We think these tips will work great for a Skype interview for college admissions, too!
Top 3 Tips for a Super Skype Interview:
- What to wear?
Treat the Skype interview like you would an in-person interview. Clean yourself up, shave, fix your hair, and wear nice clothing. Because you’ll most likely be sitting at the computer while attending your interview, remember interviewers will only see your top-half, so wearing nice pants, fancy skirt, or dress shoes isn’t a necessity. Make sure your shirt is ironed; males should wear a tie, and ladies should not overdo the makeup. Be formal but also be comfortable.
- What to say?
There are job interviews and there are social meetings. If your Skype interview is a job interview, respond in ways that express your interest in the position, ways that display your unique qualities and sets you apart from the other applicants. If teaching abroad is something you would really enjoy doing, you shouldn’t have a problem with expressing your passion for the position. Just make sure whatever you say is with complete honesty, you keep eye contact, and you don’t stutter, ramble on, or “try too hard” to impress the interviewers.
- How to act?
Eye contact was mentioned beforehand and nothing exerts a person’s confidence more than speaking clearly, concisely, and looking the person in the eye while doing so. Eye contact with Skype is tough, because to
truly make eye contact, both the interviewee and the interviewer will need to be looking straight into the web-cam. You’ll be fine looking at the screen, but for even greater impact make eye contact with both the camera lens and the computer screen. Refrain from fidgeting around with your hands, biting your fingers, or other actions that indicate nervousness or anxiety. Be calm and take deep breaths. Make sure you’re in a quiet room with no outside noises to distract either you or the interviewer.
Skype interviews are my favorite. You don’t have to worry about driving/traveling and arriving to the destination on time. You can complete the interview in the comfort of your home and quickly slip into comfy clothes after you’re finished.
Just think of the alternative – most of these people you’ll be interviewing with live in an entirely different country. You don’t have to spend money on expensive airfare or travel documentation. Instead, you can sit in your favorite chair while you blow the interviewer’s socks off. Your opportunity teaching English abroad awaits!
About this guest blogger: After obtaining degrees in English Literature and English Secondary Education, Sean Lords packed up his bags and headed to Seoul, South Korea where he lived for three years teaching
English as a second language. Sean has since returned to the States and is currently at work on his Master’s degree.