Interviewing for an international teaching position can have both strange and comical moments. Although recruiting conferences can be serious business, there’s always room for the unexpected. In My Strangest Interview, teachers relate “memorable” interview experiences. Have something to add?
Interviewing with a school in Japan several years ago… I was single… after 45 minutes of intense questions the guy gets up to get a drink while I’m in the middle of an answer. I finish and as he walks back he says, “Do you like Asian women?” I have no idea what to say so I umm and ahh for a second and then say “I find them attractive.” He practically yells out, “Then you’re gonna love Japan!” He then tells me that although married he wished he had the opportunity to dabble.
I was interviewing for a job in the Philippines. The interviewer came late, smelling of cigarettes. We sit down for a talk. He asked a question and then leans in real dramatically for the answer. He did this over and over. Freaked me out. I also was grabbed by some men from Saudi Arabia at a job fair. They told me they had the perfect job for me: 5th grade Math and Science. But I teach History and English, I said. “You will be perfect”. Will I like the job? “No no, you will hate it, the kids are horrible”. Will I be able to meet many Saudis and have a social life? “No no, the Saudis hate foreigners. But there are many nurses in Riyadh. They are from the Philippines. We can hook you up.” Strangely enough, I didn’t take the job. Read the rest of this entry »