Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Interac.
Interview Details – Initial communications were via e-mail, then a phone call and standard phone interview regarding education and experiences. Next was a trip to Utah to do the in person interview, pretty basic for an interview. The next was a video recording of singing the ABC's and examples using flash cards. I then waited 2 weeks to see if I got the job. I was called on a Friday and ask if I could be in Japan the next week.
Interview Question – Ask to sing the ABC's and how would I teach children to pronounce different words. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – no negotiation and your contract is not signed until you complete your training after traveling to Japan, if you do not make it through the training you are out. You pay all costs upfront, air fare, apartment costs, furnishings for apartment Etc.. You will not see a paycheck for 6-8 weeks, Take wads of cash, There are many things they do not tell you in the interview and negotiation. It can be a great job, the locals are usually wonderful but the company sucks to work for.
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Interac in April 2011.
Interview Details – Apply to and attend a group interview in your home country. The process takes a couple of months. You are given a location to accept or decline.
Interview Question – What is the proper level of interaction with the schools? View Answer
Negotiation Details – Very little in the way of negotiation. You are offered a position in a certain location and can take it or leave it.
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Interac in April 2010.
Interview Details – The hiring process begins with applying online to the Interac website. The application involved entering your basic information and ask that you upload your resume. The final online process asks you to write two short essay style questions. The first asks "Why are you applying for this job?". The second asks "What do you think the position of an ALT entails?".
If you pass that portion of the process, you will be given a phone interview. The staff over the phone were extremely friendly and helpful. Their reassurance helped me to feel relax throughout the process.
After the passing the phone interview, you are asked to attend an in person interview along with other potential candidates in your area. Your resume is reviewed and you are asked to perform a demonstration lesson which is recorded. The recruiter from that interview sends their impressions along with the video and other relevant information to the Tokyo office where they determine to hire you.
After accepting the offer, your location in Japan and what level schools you will be teaching is sent out after a month or so.
Interview Question – "Would you still accept the position if you are assigned to a remote location?" Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There were no negotiations in the entire process. The compensation and benefits detailed on the website is what was provided.
Very Easy Interview
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Interac in June 2010.
Interview Details – They lied to me, showing me a "sample contract" that they specifically stated would be the same one that I got. After I put in my two weeks at my old job, and went in to sign the new Interac contract, they pulled a bait and switch and revealed that it was technically only a part time job and that I would not be given the health insurance that the government legally required them to give me.
Interview Question – "What is an example of a noun?" View Answer
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Interac.
Interview Details – Applied online in May (after undergrad) and received an offer to interview within a month. Went to a regional interview that included a group info session and individual interview. Received a call within 2 weeks extending an offer for starting in September. Tried to negotiate visa permission so that I could enter Japan earlier, but could not. Went early on tourist visa, then took a short trip to Korea to get my first visa.
Interview Question – Pretty standard questions. At that time, if you were energetic and had a bachelor's degree, you were in. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Not really. They contract with school boards, who have a set budget. Unlikely to get anything more as the company itself isn't getting anything themselves.
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 10 months - interviewed at Interac in April 2010.
Interview Details – Had a Skype interview, then an in person interview.
Interview Question – Who is the current prime minister of Japan? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – You either take your offered placement or move tot he bottom of the list.
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Interac.
Interview Details – Interview, some sort of personality test, teaching test.
Interview Question – I expect the most difficult part for most people would be the video-taped demo lesson. You are told to teach some random topic from a textbook. Basically very easy for anyone who has taught in Japan. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Negotiation?
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Interac.
Interview Details – I was asked to translate a short Japanese text regarding a teaching activity. Afterwards, there was a personality test (Myers-Briggs?), some standard questions about why I wanted to work there, relevant experience, etc. Finally I was asked to demonstrate a lesson, imagining that the interviewer was a class of Japanese elementary students. This was also videotaped for "reference purposes".
Interview Question – Nothing was particularly unexpected, although it was difficult to demonstrate a lesson with just one participant. The interviewer was polite and professional. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – They did not have any jobs in the city I was interested in living in so I joined another company (Cosmo). However, they contacted me again a few years later when they won the contract for my city, so I accepted in the end.
I applied through other source and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Interac.
Interview Details – Initial phone interview, followed by face-to-face interview. Visit the website. There are answers to the questions that will be asked of you.
Interview Question – Nothing unexpected. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation. Either accept or don't.
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Interac in December 2011.
Interview Details – First, you have to submit an online application. Questions have to do with your location preference, whether you are willing to drive, etc. As most of the positions open to overseas applicants are fairly rural, it is quite important that you are willing to drive and that you are quite flexible with your location preference.
The next step for me was Interac contacting me about a phone interview. I remember that the questions were not that hard and I was invited to the seminar they were having in Seoul for a one-on-one interview.
At the seminar, you learn more about the company, have a one-on-one interview, and have a teaching demonstration. The interview was not very hard, but you should know some specifics about the company and have opinions on what the important qualities for an ALT are. The teaching demonstration was, by far, the hardest part of the process. They film you giving a teaching demonstration to imaginary students and when they have seen enough of one part, they tell you to move onto the next part of the lesson. It was very intimidating for me and I went home thinking that there was no way I would get a job offer from them.
I did get a job offer, though, and accepted it.
The next step is the placement process. Interac will contact you regarding open positions that they have that fit your criteria the best. They try to be accommodating and patient and I rejected two placements before accepting the third one, received the day that I left for Japan. I was afraid of being placed near Fukushima, but after telling the company my worries about this, they gave me a placement that was further away.
After you get your placement (or sometimes before) comes training. The training was tough, but useful and I left feeling like I would be prepared for my first day of teaching. You have to do a teaching demonstration on the last day, but it's much better than the first one because your fellow future-ALTs are there pretending to be your students, so you have someone to interact with. In my group, everyone supported each other and because of this, my lesson demonstration went well and I was confident to go into a real classroom and teach the lesson that I'd demonstrated.
Interview Question – I think the most difficult question for me was about what qualities I thought were most important in an ALT. This is something you really have to think about after researching the position. I have many friends who have been ALTs for years and all of their experiences were different, so I had a lot of difficulty answering this question. Answer Question
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