Preparing for the interview for your teaching job abroad:

Preparing for an interview is always daunting, especially when that interview is to work/teach overseas, somewhere you have never been before and with someone who may have no idea what teaching in South Africa even entails.

When we get interview requests from our schools for our teachers, we know that preparation is key – teachers need this preparation to give themselves every chance of grabbing this opportunity with both hands and securing the job.

Now, more than ever, these interviews on Zoom have been very important – as with the increased use of Technology in education, how you handle your Zoom/online interview speaks volumes as to how you will deal with Technology in your classroom.

So, some important tips:

  • Make sure your speakers are working and that you are comfortable with making and receiving a video call. If you are not familiar with the platform for the online interview, you need to practice and familiarize yourself with it before your interview happens.
  • It is VERY important that the lighting is good for an online interview: if you are near a window sit facing the window so that the light falls on your face, put any lights on and make sure there are .    no shadows on your face.
  • Please remember that the person interviewing you can see you so make sure that you are dressed appropriately, that there is (preferably) a blank wall behind you and that you will not be   interrupted during the interview.

What we have noticed over this past year is that the ‘angle’ of these interviews has changed. New questions related to “teaching with Technology” have become more relevant and schools are really interested in getting a grasp on what teachers in South Africa are doing from a day-to-day perspective.

Here are some of the most popular questions that have cropped up in our most recent interviews:

  1. Explain how you have adapted/incorporated digital/e-learning as part of your day-to-day teaching?
  2. What platforms are you comfortable working with?
  3. What have been some of the challenges (and rewards) on online teaching? How have you overcome these?
  4. What is a typical teaching day for you in South Africa?
  5. How do you think you will adapt to living and teaching in a foreign country?
  6. Have you done research on living and teaching in the Middle East?

As always, you will need to have 1 or 2 lesson plans prepared so that you can use them to describe how  you teach, incorporating differentiation and behaviour management.

The bottom line is that the more prepared you and the more effort you put into these interviews, the better your chances. For a school to request an interview, they already feel that (on paper) you can do the job, the interview is your opportunity to convince them of exactly that.


We will assist you in this preparation so you no need to fret.

For more information call on 021 100 3145 or email


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