Amity English Teacher Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Native English Teacher Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Amity in April 2014.
Interview Details – Applied one afternoon and got the invite to interview in LA the next day. The interview was split into two parts over two days. I think my case is exceptional because I only had one recruiter present during my initial interview where i presented my lesson plan.
Interview Question – Having the recruiter pretend to be a child and having to "teach" that child for ten minutes. Answer Question
Native English Teacher Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Amity in May 2010.
Interview Details – First step is a group interview/introduction session to the company. You're told about the company, take an easy grammar test, and watch a video about live in Japan. You conduct a prepared lesson for your interview group - lesson doesn't have to be amazing, you just need to demonstrate you can plan one and execute it. Second step is 1-1 interview, you're asked more about why you want the job and asked to make a lesson on the spot. Again, just demonstrate you can make a lesson that follows their formula and you'll be fine. If you're offered a job they'll ask if you want to be placed in a certain area and you can wait for an opening if you're picky (I personally was allowed to wait 8 months for a Tokyo spot to open). The company will handle your visa processing, though you may need to appear in person at a consulate.
Interview Question – How the word "alot" is misspelled. View Answer
Native English Teacher Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Amity in April 2012.
Interview Details – I attended the group interview in Florida. I had to demonstrate a lesson with the other candidates and also listen to the recruiters speak about Amity and living in Japan.
I was accepted for the personal interview the next day. I met with the other recruiter who had not watched my group lesson. She gave me ten minutes to form a lesson plan, and she stepped out of the room to give me privacy. When she returned, I demonstrated my lesson with her acting as a student.
She asked me questions about why I was interested in teaching in Japan, what value my experiences could bring to Amity, whether I accepted wearing a suit to work, what interested me the most about Japan and teaching, etc.
My recruiter was distant and intimidating at first, but as we warmed up to each other during the interview, I felt more at ease. She even kept me 45 minutes longer!
Interview Question – May I ask why you are not wearing a suit today? View Answers (2)
Negotiation Details – There is no negotiation in regards to salary, but you are able to request a region in Japan that interests you. Tokyo is very difficult to attain, but I didn't want to live there anyway. I live in Tottori-city, which is a small suburban community on the Sea of Japan.
Very Difficult Interview
Native English Teacher Interview (Negative Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Amity in February 2011.
Interview Details – The first day begins with a presentation about the company and working in Japan. Then there is room for questions and answers followed by a 2 page grammar quiz. Following the quiz they give you approximately an hour and a half for lunch then you must have your 5 minute teaching presentation prepared with lesson plan. (Make sure to bring props because they collect some samples). I was in a group of about 9 other interviewees and in a room with 2 other groups of 9+/- doing presentations in front of one interviewer at the same time. This was a little distracting considering some people are singing...loudly. After all the presentations are complete you can leave and wait to be called in for a second interview. At the second interview you have a one on one interview that lasts approximately one hour. You must be prepared to give a 10 minute lesson plan based off of the lesson they pick for you. My interviewer intentionally acted like a 9 year old non-English speaking child while I was giving the lesson (don't let that throw you off). Then the interviewer will tell you what you did wrong and how you could have made it better. Next the interviewer will ask you questions like what would you do if you were responsible for an infant class and on the first day the kids cried as soon as their mothers left the room, what makes a good teacher, etc. Finally, the interviewer will go over a typical day and demonstrate proper business attire and leave the last few minutes for any questions you have.
Native English Teacher Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Amity in December 2008.
Interview Details – If you have never been in a group interview setting before, this might be a little intimidating. I had, but a lot of the others hadn't had much interviewing experience. Relax, listen, and don't stress about the presentation. Just prepare for it as much as possible before the interview day and you will be fine. Out of my group, I was the only one with a job offer, but I was also the only one who clearly spent the time preparing quality materials for the presentation and was relaxed (and showed a lot of energy) during the actual presentation.
Interview Question – Do you think you will be able to complete the year contract? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – N/A