First Interview

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  • Lucy
    8 March, 2008 at 14:15
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    I completed a one month intensive CELTA @ International House, London in January. On Monday I have my first TEFL job interview, since completing the course, with IH Milano. I feel quite nervous about it, it’s been one month since I completed the course and I haven’t had any other English teaching experience.

    Does anyone have any advice for a first time teaching job interview?

    Also, does anyone have any info with regard to International House in Milan?



    8 March, 2008 at 17:51
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    Reply To: First Interview

    Hi Lucy

    Welcome to the forum. As it’s your first teaching job, the interviewer will proably focus quite a lot on your course and what you learned from it, so give some thought to that primarily.

    Remember also that IH Milan wouldn’t have invited you for an interview if lack of experience is an issue for them, so don’t worry too much about that.

    You’ll find some typical interview questions [url=]here[/url].

    Hope that helps and good luck!


    8 March, 2008 at 19:36
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    Thanks Keith, good advice and a great help. Much appreciated. Lucy

    13 April, 2008 at 21:39
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    Reply To: First Interview

    Hi Lucy,

    IH Milan are one of our competitors, and like most IHs they are a franchisee of the brand. However, sincerely speaking they are one of the handful of schools here that I respect, and you could certainly find a lot worse in Milan – I give them a thumbs up.

    I hope the interview went well, and all the best of luck in your career!

    Take care,

    26 May, 2008 at 5:36
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    Things that you’ve heard from fellow classmates and friends that the first job interview for a teaching position can often be a stressful experience.

    1. Dress appropriately. The way you dress-up tells a lot about you, don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression. Women should dress tastefully. No shorts, halters, cutoffs, miniskirts. Men should wear a nice pair of pants, and shirt and tie. Polished shoes are a good idea and say a lot about you.

    2. Speech. Most all the times interviews that are otherwise excellent crash and burn because the interviewees mispronounce words, speak much too fast, and use expressions such as "like" as a form of punctuation.

    3. Portfolio. Make sure the portfolio is not overly complicated. it means it’s easy to read and understand, make sure you have carefully checked all spelling and grammar.

    4. Technology. Bring appropriate samples of your technology skills – graphics design, presentation software, word processing, etc. Let the interviewer know you have them, and do not offer to show them unless asked to do so.

    5. Money. Remember, the principal or other interviewer does not negotiate salary, benefits, etc. Don’t even mention them in the interview.

    6. Mastery. Be as current as possible on educational books and research, especially if you have an area of specialization. You should be able to explain in clear, unambiguous language why the content you would teach is important.

    And one last thing: if your interview is in the morning, be sure to have at least a small breakfast not less than 90 minutes before the interview. Your brain will work better.

    Hope my ideas give some enlightenment of what you need.

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