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First interview over Skype for an international school

Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by RBRudge, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. Hi!
    I have my first Skype interview soon for an international school that I have applied for. It is a preliminary interview, and was wondering if anyone has any tips for me? Or any experiences you can share with me to ensure I am prepared.
    Many thanks
    Rebecca Rudge
     
  2. Hi!
    I have my first Skype interview soon for an international school that I have applied for. It is a preliminary interview, and was wondering if anyone has any tips for me? Or any experiences you can share with me to ensure I am prepared.
    Many thanks
    Rebecca Rudge
     
  3. All skype interviews Ive had have been fairly relaxed meandering from informal to formal lasting anything from 35mins to 2 hours even. Be prepared for questions on your subject specialism aspects, professional development, assessment for learning, etc. If your any good at your job you'll be fine. Relax and just be precise and concise with our answers always remaining on your guard even though it feels too comfortable. Best of luck. Incidentally where is the school?

     
  4. As silly as this sounds, make sure your in a comfortable seat!! If you are sitting comfortable then you will be a bit more relaxed - always helpful if stressing about questions! :)
     
  5. Gut

    Gut

    I had my first Skype interview last month, they're usually the main interview not a prelim as far as I'm aware. It was quite laid back but you need to remember that it is an interview. The interviewer may be in their own living room about to go to bed but you should be dressed for interview sitting by a table or desk. Call a friend on Skype beforehand to check that you're in a good position and that they can see you fine.

    Good luck!
     
  6. Think about the positioning of your camera. Too low and you get a less than flattering view up the nostrils. This is a particular problem with laptops so if you're using one you might want to elevate the laptop on a pile of books so the camera is more face on. If the camera is too high it often looks as though your eyes are shut when you look at the screen, this can be minimised by talking to the camera during answers giving the impression of eye contact.
    Think about lighting too. The ghostly glow of a computer screen seldom helps any of us look our best, positioning a lamp benind the computer so it shines on, not in, your face can make a big difference here.
    Get rid of anything distracting in the background, don't bring a mug of tea to the interview and don't be tempted to only dress from the waist up.
     
  7. I'm interested by all the responses. I've done a few skype interviews but I have never turned the camera on. I prefer voice only. No one has ever complained.
     
  8. ian60

    ian60 New commenter

    I would have a glass of water at hand.
    The post-its sound a great idea. Wish I had thought of that.
     

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