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Telephone Interview for Dubai Job

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by Ceecees, Mar 30, 2016.

  1. Ceecees

    Ceecees New commenter

    Hi all,

    I'm in the process of applying for jobs in Dubai. I have received a request from one large education company for an initial telephone interview. Was wondering if anyone had advice on what questions I should expect and also the types of things I should not miss out on asking them?

    I will anticipate the usual questions: Why us? Why Dubai? Etc. So I'm looking for more 'what I should not forget to ask', as I have not worked abroad or in Dubai before.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.
  2. musikteech

    musikteech Occasional commenter

    Don't forget to ask what the salary is :) And is housing offered or do you have to rent your own, which can be expensive to set up I believe.
  3. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    Keep salary stuff for the second interview, if you get one, it is a common thing in international schools to have two. One where they ask about you, then the second to discuss other stuff, and offer the position. If its a half decent school then they should be upfront about what is included in the "package", if its not, then be careful. I would ask about class sizes, resources, extra curricular obligations, general class expectations. This would vary obviously depending on your subject area or school level. International job interviews in my experience tend to be a lot less formal than the UK. they should be looking to see if you will fit into the school and the wider community. Remember that is expensive and quite a risk to hire someone like this. If you end up hating it and want to leave it could cost them a lot replace you. International life is very different to working in the UK, and its not for everyone.

    Good luck
    Ceecees and zdaea like this.
  4. T0nyGT

    T0nyGT Lead commenter

    Don't ask for salary in the first telephone interview. All this will be included in the offer before you agree to anything should you be successful.
  5. Ceecees

    Ceecees New commenter

    Thanks all for the advice. Got a second interview, so fingers crossed.

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