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www.kdi.ac
Mitaka-shi (Japan)
51 to 200 employees
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Preschool & Child Care
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Kids Duo International Reviews

  • Helpful (3)

    "Its what you make of it"

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    Current Employee - English Teacher in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - English Teacher in Tokyo (Japan)
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    I have been working at Kids Duo International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Like all teaching jobs, it really depends on a lot of factors. Some schools have different owners so I'm certain some skills have a different feeling. The school I work at is very fair and reasonable with all things and they treat the workers who are foreign as well as they treat the workers who are Japanese, something previous jobs never did.

    Biggest Pros:
    You get to work with the same kids all year. You can learn all about your students, and you don't change classes every day. Its a regular Monday to Friday kind of job, where you can get home before the sun sets.

    Unlike other companies I've worked at, this company has overtime pay and overtime work if you want it, but if you don't then you can mostly just do a regular shift everyday.

    Very transparent if you ask the right questions. Management doesn't play games or hide information and when decisions are made they always seem fair and with purpose.

    The amount of lesson planning is minimal since they have their own curriculum that's actually well thought out and decent. They change it and update it often enough that it seems like they know what they're doing.

    Company helped with Visa and helped with housing.

    Pretty good holiday structure.

    Lots of variety in events that keep things interesting and break up the monotony of the day to day grind / routine.

    Cons

    At some schools, there's a divide between Japanese and Native English workers. Sometimes there are communication or culture issues because its a multi-language environment.

    While many things are translated, some things aren't and there's an expectation that teachers in the classes should share with each other, but sometimes that doesn't happen and can cause some issues.

    At the end of the day, its still a business and a school so you need to know that some decisions wont always be what you think they should be.

    Advice to Management

    Produce every single meeting and document with both Japanese and English.

    Like all educational businesses, smaller class sizes would be nice. (currently its 24 per class for youngest students, and 30 per class for every other age group)

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Kids Duo International Interviews

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    Declined Offer
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    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Kids Duo International in April 2017.

    Interview

    This is a review for KIDS DUO in Japan. I couldn't find a job title for it so I used a similar company. I applied with this company through gaijinpot.com. I was contacted by a recruiter from “J-Career” within a few days. This whole process took around a month.
    Right away they asked me to provide:
    -resume with a photo (in business attire) attached
    -interview questionnaire
    -cover letter
    -copy of residence card (if you have one)
    I was invited to an interview a week later.

    This interview was LONG. I talked with the recruiter for an hour and a half. Kids Duo works with 3-12 year olds so the interview was children focused.
    They also asked me to do a mock lesson:
    “Pretend you have 3 flashcards that say happy, sad, and angry. Please introduce the cards and have the student repeat the words back to you and act out their meanings. Then, introduce the phrase, “How are you today? I am ____ (insert one of the emotions)” and have the student repeat it back to you.”
    The recruiter understood I have no prior teaching experience and then repeated the demo lesson himself for me. I was asked what was different between my performance and his. Then, he asked me to do the same lesson again. I basically copied his entire teaching style, and he said I made a huge improvement.
    After this he used the remaining time to talk about the history of the company and the contract.

    A week later I was notified that a specific location wanted to conduct a second interview with me. This interview was completely off-putting and played a huge part in my decision to forgo this position. The staff was having technical difficulties, and the interview started 10 minutes late. I was introduced to 5 of the staff members right away, then they asked me to introduce myself and asked me a few of the same questions as interview 1. I felt that this interview was awkward, unprofessional, and unorganized. One of the members interviewing me was actually the employee who I’d be replacing. The phone kept ringing the entire time and one of the 3 interviewers was answering it while I was speaking, so it was difficult to concentrate. I was then given the opportunity to ask some questions, which I did. After that, I was directed to speak to the manager of Kids Duo who would tell me more about the history of the company and the contract, but he was having more technical difficulties and we ended up not being able to discuss anything. This interview went horribly on both ends, yet 4 days later I was offered a position with the company.

    Interview Questions

    • “Why do you want to work in Japan?”   Answer Question
    • “Why did you choose Kids Duo as opposed to the other companies like NOVA, GABA, etc.?”   Answer Question
    • “What do you know about our company?”   Answer Question
    • “Are you interviewing with anyone else right now?”   Answer Question
    • “Why do you want to work with children?”   Answer Question
    • “What experience do you have with children?”   Answer Question
    • “The job requires some creativity; do you think you are a good fit?”   Answer Question
    • “Do you have any piercings/tattoos? Can they be covered?”   Answer Question
    • “Can you tell me about your strengths and weaknesses?”   Answer Question
    • “What qualities would make you a good teacher?”   Answer Question
    • “If a kid is misbehaving how would you handle the situation if you are alone?”   Answer Question
    • “If a kid is crying how would you handle the situation if you are alone?”   Answer Question
    • “Are you ok with working on Saturdays occasionally?”   Answer Question
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