Whether you're doing it face-to-face or over the phone, here are five tips to give yourself the best chance at getting a fresh start.
A rewarding teaching journey starts with a successful phone interview. After signing up and booking an interview slot, you are now waiting for 51Talk’s call. Most of the time, this interview is your one and only chance at making a good first impression. Thus, spending a bit of time and effort preparing for it can be the deciding factor in whether or not you make it to the next round.
The sweaty palms. The thundering heartbeat. The spiking blood pressure. Whether you're doing it face-to-face or over the phone, interviews can be quite nerve-wracking. Here are five tips to give yourself the best chance at getting a fresh start:
1. Find a good location for the call.
After signing up, expect a call within 24 to 48 hours. Take the call in a quiet location that’s private and comfortable, avoiding interruptions or noise interference. Be ready to state your full name, birthday, and highest educational attainment.
2. Be prepared.
Since you are being interviewed for an English teaching opportunity, make sure to speak in English at all times. Prepare a short introduction about yourself and talk about your work or teaching experiences with confidence and enthusiasm. Also be ready to get asked about your technical requirements.
> A desktop or laptop computer operating in Windows 7 or above.
> A wired DSL Internet connection of at least 5 mbps.
> A headset with an extended microphone and noise-cancelling feature.
> A high-definition external or integrated webcam with at least 720p resolution.
> A quiet, clutter-free, and well-lit space in your home with plain white background.
3. Be in the moment.
During the interview, actively listen to your interviewer’s questions. Concentrate on what your interviewer is saying and keep your mind from drifting off.
4. Brush up on your communication skills.
Regardless of the quality of the connection, make sure to speak clearly and deliberately. Practice pronouncing the letters in the alphabet, enunciate your words properly, and provide answers in complete sentences.
5. Put your teacher face on.
You are almost there. Now is the time to show your interviewer your willingness to teach children. Prepare for situational questions like cheering up a sad kid or singing nursery rhymes.
You are now all set to answer the phone. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, they say, so these tips will surely help you pass your 51Talk interview. Always remember that preparation is key. In light of the world’s current health situation, a fresh start from home is an opportunity that is too good to miss.
51Talk is looking for thousands of home-based online teachers to give one-on-one English lessons. You can earn up to Php80K as a full-time teacher and enjoy a wide range of perks –