Joy Talk Interview

Thursday March 20th, 2014 at 12:16 am

Long time no blog (again)…

I’ve been rather busy since I started my TESL classes. Most of my free time either goes to practicing Japanese, attempting to find time to work out, playing Pokemon, or sleep. I’m supposed to be finishing my lesson plan, which is due tomorrow afternoon. It’s hard to believe that my practicum starts in 2 weeks!

But the point of this post is that I had the pleasure of having my first interview for teaching in Japan tonight! Since I don’t have a lot of teaching experience, I didn’t think I would land one so quickly.

The company is Joy Talk and it’s for an ALT position. I found them through Gaijin Pot. They were one of the few jobs I could find that had a start date later than April and they provide visa sponsorship. I applied for job about a week ago and woke up yesterday morning to find an email asking me to schedule an interview. The interview was over Skype and conducted at 9 PM CDT (11 AM JST).

I honestly haven’t had much practice with interviews in the past, mainly because I landed my current job rather quickly and it was the first and only job I applied to at that time :/ That was almost 4 years ago! So I was really nervous. Overall, I think the interview went great. I later thought of some questions I wished I had asked but I can always ask them later if I land the job. It was a 1 on 1 interview and lasted for about an hour.

The questions were pretty straight forward and no big surprises. I was asked questions such as (in no specific order) why I want to come to Japan, how long do I plan on staying, what can I use from my previous work experience in teaching ESL, what age group would I prefer to teach, where would I prefer to teach, what is my expected salary, what kind of foods can I not eat or do not like to eat, why I decided on a career change to teaching ESL, what do I know about teaching English in Japan, etc. The interviewer was very nice and helpful.

I wasn’t asked to do a mock class but I was asked to sing a children’s song since it’s common for songs to be used in class to teach. The first song that popped into my head was The Itsy Bitsy Spider, so that was interesting.

The start date of the job is a bit too early since my lease doesn’t end until September. I could make it work, it would just be expensive. Everything else about the job sounds great and its around the area where I would like to start off. Not too sure what I’ll be getting out of this but I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

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One Response to “Joy Talk Interview”

  1. Michael says:

    Hi. Thanks for your blog entry :)
    I’m having an interview with Joytalk tomorrow. After being rejected by CocoJuku :O I thought they employ anyone to be honest.
    The only part of this interview coming that I dread really is the singing part. I never sing. Ever. Haha

    I saw your eBay link and wondered how many things you have been able to sell while you’ve been in Japan as I also want to attempt to sell some things while I stay in Japan.

    Thank you once again,

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