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Teaching in Asia 2018 - interview technique

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by dancer404, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. dancer404

    dancer404 New commenter

    Hi there,

    I have many questions about teaching in Asia for an August 2018 start. I am in the year after NQT (Biology specialism) and my partner is a Physics NQT.

    To start, is the recruitment season well underway across all of Asia, or just for some countries? As there are some places like Vietnam that I have seen nothing for yet, but Hong Kong/Singapore etc seem to have a lot more positions out there.

    Are there any countries where teachers cannot resume a reasonably similar way of life to the west? By that I mean any countries where internet access/standard utilities and quality of accommodation are a drastic change?

    How is the best way to make a strong first impression in such short 15-20 minute skype interviews?? As I found this very difficult despite being very prepared.

    Finally, when is the right time to bring up the teaching package? It is not the main reason I am seeking overseas work, but I do think it is best to be fully informed and ask... the question is when.

    Many thanks in advance!
  2. ejclibrarian

    ejclibrarian Established commenter Community helper

    Recruitment across Asia is well underway. Some schools post early, others wait until they know who is leaving and then post. For example my school asks for this info from us at the start of December, and then they post the jobs. Most major cities in Asia you will get similar standards of living (if not significantly better) than the UK. My internet speed is insanely fast, utilities are cheap, and we have an apartment we could never have afforded back home. Unless you deliberately choose a location that is off the beaten track then most places have a very good standard of living.

    Usual advice is that package isn’t discussed until second interview. But I could be wrong. I interviewed last year for a post and the Head brought it up at the very end of the Skype interview. We talked for well over an hour.
  3. february31st

    february31st Established commenter

    With Biology and Physics the international schools will be begging you to come and work for then. Every school I know in Shanghai is short of science specialist.

    Any interview you have should be you interviewing the school.
  4. amysdad

    amysdad Established commenter

    It's well under way. I've just been chatting to my HT and he's already filled a couple of the (small number) of vacancies which we have got this year. Pretty good going?

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