Not everyone is successful when they apply to us; we can’t unfortunately give everyone a job. If we decide not to go ahead with applications we tend to make that decision at two points of the process - when we receive the application form and also after the interview. It’s worth mentioning here that it is our policy not to discuss with applicants why we have rejected their application but hopefully the information on this page will be helpful and act as useful reference for future job searches.
While looking at the information a person puts on their application form, we of course bear in mind what the job entails and therefore what kind of credentials an applicant needs for that particular job. We’re also following a set of criteria given to us by the school we are recruiting for. Don’t forget that the school also has input into this so it is not always solely our decision. We might therefore reject an application at this point of the process as a result of their (lack of) qualifications, work background, location, family circumstances or availability. To be more specific, a school will often stipulate that they will only employ people with particular qualifications, or it may not be possible to get work visas without them. Applications from teachers working outside of the UK are often not pursued as we always prefer to carry out face-to-face interviews whenever we can. We sometimes reject teachers applying with a spouse or partner, particularly if the partner will not be working in the destination country. Salaries are usually of a level to support one person (sometimes very well) but often not a couple and there can also be complications when trying to find suitable accommodation for couples. And of course if the other person is not working they will usually be limited to a short stay tourist visa which causes issues.
If we look now at why applicants are rejected after having an interview, it’s generally because they haven’t met the standard laid out under “10 steps…” below. In general terms we expect someone we interview to approach it in a professional way, to do their research, to look the part and to put themselves forward with confidence and enthusiasm. We like to end an interview having enjoyed meeting the applicant and feeling that he or she is keen and has something to offer the school we are recruiting for. So,
10 steps to a great interview:
This might seem like a ridiculously obvious list of things ... but you would be surprised how often it is ignored. The main thing to remember is that it's your chance to convince the person interviewing you that (a) you really want the job and (b) you are the best candidate for the job.
1. Prepare for the job - if you are going to Japan for example learn something about that country in advance! Make sure you know what the job involves - do your homework!
2. Be prepared to answer questions about anything on your CV - especially if you don't have teaching experience.
3. Don't invent things to put on your CV - make the most of what you have done but don't exaggerate. Also don't leave big gaps - if you've been travelling say so, if you've been doing temp work while looking for something better, say so.
and at the interview ......
4. Arrive on time
5. Don't stink of cigarettes
6. Don't chew gum
7. Wear something smart and clean - it doesn't have to be a suit, but if you are applying for a job where you'd have to wear a suit, it might be a good idea.
8. Bring a copy of your certificates and CV if you haven't already sent them in - just in case
9. Look the interviewer in the eye - firm handshake. Don't be nervous, you are applying to be a teacher!
10. Try to enjoy it!