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How should I conduct myself during an interview?

by Manuel

Recently I've applied to both AEON and ECC. AEON turned me down after the Skype interview, and now I am trying my luck with ECC and going to be flying to their seminar soon.

My question is: Should I try to be as myself as I can be? Should I tell them I am nervous, yet excited and try to show how passionate I am about this job?

This is a huge dream of mine that I hadn't realized I had until visiting Japan in August of last year, and I'm dedicated to making it happen, so any help is appreciated!

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Jan 21, 2018

by: John

Hi Manuel,

I personally would not say that I was nervous. In your mind you may think - I'm being honest...and it is good.

They think differently. Try to put yourself in their shoes. They want teachers who present a positive, fun image to the students and parents.
They want high retention rates and teachers who are fun to be around.

It should not be understated that being up-beat is important so put on your happy face and look like you're enjoying the interview. EXUDE positive energy and act like you are into it. But not to the point of being haughty. Don't be stiff or fidgety Use some body language in a positive way but don't point.

As stated in other parts of this site, you want to get the point across to them in a crystal clear way that you are easy to employ and looking forward to teaching and sharing your culture.

If you have a teaching certification then say it as it proves you care enough to go the extra mile, even if you are still going through the coursework I would mention it. Here's a link to a highly accepted one.

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