Interview Tips to Teach English Abroad

Interview Tips for Teaching English Abroad

Interviews are conducted via Skype. If you do not have a Skype account, you can sign up for a free account at After you have acquired an account please advise us of your Skype ID and add the interviewer’s Skype ID to your contacts. Please make sure your video camera and computer are in good working order and the internet connection is strong after your set up your Skype account.

You’ll be arranging your interview across different time zones. But don’t worry! Calculating time differences is easy with a world time server or you can easily just type in Google “time in China” or “time in Thailand” Be mindful of the day as well. You will most likely be working with a major time difference – China / Hong Kong / Thailand / Japan to the United States, for example – and because the time difference is so vast, Monday in the US will be a Tuesday in Asia. It’s important to remember these discrepancies when arranging an interview.

We recently found out a great world time zone converter app called “Miranda” that you can use on your iPhone. This app helps you find the best time to connect with people across different time zones.  It is a very simple tool for everyday use that is functional, yet aesthetically pleasing.

Dress as you would for a face-to-face interview. You may be in your own home, but first impressions are just as important in video interviews. It’s also important to check your surroundings – you don’t want to be sitting in a messy bedroom or dirty kitchen.

During the interview you maybe be asked about your educational background, motivations for wanting to teach in China / Hong Kong / Thailand / Japan / Indonesia / Saudi Arabia / Russia, relevant teaching experience, and your strengths and weaknesses as a teacher Scenario questions like “what would you do with a student refusing to participate or is disrupting others”?

Feel free to ask any questions about the job. Here are some commonly asked questions
About the Job / School
  • Student ages
  • Class group sizes
  • Materials used
  • Weekly and daily teaching hours
  • Class lengths
  • Training provided
  • Promotion opportunities
About the Compensation / Benefits package
  • What will my salary be?
  • When will I get paid?
  • Accommodation condition – Is it furnished? Will I be sharing with another teacher? Do I have the option of getting my own housing?
  • Flight allowance – When do I get it?
  • Insurance
  • Visa
  • Bonuses
  • Airport pick up
About the City
  • Cost of living
  • Subway information
  • Restaurant
  • Community
  • Shopping area
  • Grocery stores
  • Anything items that I should bring with me

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The way you communicate during your interview will be taken as an indication of how you will communicate with your students, so it is imperative that you speak clearly and positively. Remember that you are interviewing to teach abroad, so talk about your interest in education and traveling, as well as previous travel experiences and the true reasons behind your desire to teach overseas.

The interview is perhaps the most important part of the process of getting a job teaching abroad. An interview allows you to show the interviewer why you are suitable for a particular teaching position. Be yourself and enjoy the interview!

Please keep us posted on the results of your interview and which school you accept an offer from so we can follow up with the school on your visa process.