If an international school is interested in considering you for employment they will most likely want to conduct their own interview with you. Educators Overseas will first give you a head’s up that a certain school is interested in you and that they may contact you shortly at which point we will also give you information about the school.
We’ll also give you the contact info of hiring manager of the school so that you can be proactive in reaching out to them if you choose (schools like to see ambition!). Otherwise, a representative from the international school will email you and request a time to set up a phone interview. When they do contact you, be sure to please respond right away. Oftentimes foreign emails go right into spam, so be sure to check your spam folder frequently.
After the interview, the school will usually take a few days to make their decision about whether to offer you a job. If you are particularly impressive the school might offer you a job immediately after the interview. If they do and you are sure you want it, feel free to accept it on the spot.
If you want some time to think it over (a wise decision), ask for a few days and set a definite date when you can provide a response. Don’t be discouraged if no offer is made. The international school representative will most likely want to consult with his or her head office first, set up a second interview, or interview more applicants before making a final decision.
For a Skype interview be sure your webcam is working and be sure we and the school has your correct Skype name and that you have the school’s Skype name. You’ll need to add them to your contact list to connect, but after the interview feel free to delete them.
Skype Interview Tips
Although the interview is online and not face-to-face, it is important to maintain a professional demeanor and appearance, as though you were meeting the interviewer in person. Research the school in advance and know what they are about. Try to find the answers to questions you may have on their website so that the questions you do ask in the interview are constructive and interesting. A digital interview can be a daunting experience, so below are some tips to keep in mind:
- Make sure you have lots of good lighting wherever you are taking your interview. Natural light is best. Ideally the lights should be behind your webcam (to avoid glare) and directed on you.
- Be aware of your background. If the background is too “busy” it distracts the evaluator from you. Have all pets, children, friends, and family in another room if possible.
- Speak clearly and do not whisper.
- Make sure your computer, internet connection, and webcam are working properly before the interview!
- Keep in mind that it is easy to come across as mundane or even depressed when talking to a webcam, so make every effort to smile and display your cheerful personality!
At the end of the interview, be sure to thank the representative for their time and consideration of you as well as ask any questions you may have.