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My first overseas interview in two weeks time

Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by Training_2_Teach, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. Training_2_Teach

    Training_2_Teach New commenter

    Hi,

    I'm attending a job fair in two weeks time and hoping to secure some interviews. I have not attended any interviews for overseas posts so far. I have been searching the overseas forums and have made a list of possible interview questions posted by various members that could be asked, are there any other questions you can think of to add to the list?



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    • Tell me in two minutes what YOU have to offer my
      school'.
    • Tell me about youself",
    • "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?",
    • "What is your greatest failure and what did you learn
      from it?",
    • "Why should we hire you", etc.
    • Why should we hire you?
    • What Extra curricular activities you can offer
    • Describe a lesson you would teach with differentiation
    • Views on AFL and how it's incorporated into lessons
    • Use of Interactive Whiteboards..How you use them in classroom
    • Qualities of a teacher
    • If I walked into your classroom, what would I see?
    • Talk about your classroom management/behaviour management
    • How do you ensure pupils are engaged in lessons?
    • How would you deal with a pupils beginning school who doesn't want to be
      there?
    • What's the major difficulties facing a teacher in the higher end of the
      school?
    • What would be the major challenge of teaching in a school in the UAE?
    • Why do you want to come to the UAE?
    • How would you feel working in a school with Emirate children?
    • How do you feeel about parental involvement?
    • What experience do you have with EAL?
    • What are you best/worst at teaching?
    • How do you differentiate?















































    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Mainwaring

    Mainwaring Established commenter

    When I was interviewed for my first overseas job back in nineteen-hundred-and-frozen-to-death I was naively surprised at how much emphasis there was on my ability (or otherwise) to survive and flourish outside my native culture. As an interviewer I include a couple of questions along the lines of
    In what ways would you expect to find living in Qatar different from living in Wigan?
    Tell me about my school (i.e. have you done your homework, read the website, etc).
    Bear in mind that there are a lot of schools in the Emirates and that their client mix can vary enormously. For instance, does 'your' school actually have any Emirati children?


     
  3. I went to nine interviews when I attended a job fair about two years ago, and very few of the questions were related to my teaching experience. Almost all were about how I would manage in a foreign environment. Most recruiters seem to work on the basis that you are a good teacher ( they should have access to your references in the database ). What they will be looking for is to assess whether you will be able to fit in or whether you are likely to leave after a few weeks. Good luck.
     
  4. happygreenfrog

    happygreenfrog Occasional commenter

    Hmmm, so the thread title is completely misleading and the OP has not in fact got an interview lined up in two weeks. Whilst I wish him/her well at the job fair, and would suggest the comments made so far are well worth noting, may I suggest that should the other attendees feel as confident as the OP, quite a few people are in for an almighty shock of disapointment.
     
  5. the hippo

    the hippo Established commenter Community helper

    The great and good Harry Deelman of Search Associates is a fan of teaching portfolios. Having a folder of photos and other things that will help you to look good at the interview is a great boost to your confidence. Sometimes portfolios also spark some positive questions too.
    I once flew from Bucharest to London, changing flights somewhere in Germany, and then got a train from London to Leeds. By the time I arrived at the interview, I was absolutely exhausted and my brain refused to function. Therefore I would recommend making sure that you are actually awake when meeting a future employer!
     

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