How to pass an ESL job interview with Snaplingo

Happy Wednesday, Friends!

So I have had a few questions about interviews with Snaplingo so I decided to write this post and explain the interview process and how to pass yours.

The first thing you need to know about Snaplingo is that they are quite casual nd laid back. So try not to be too nervous or rigidly stiff during the interview.

When I did my interview, I was sitted on my bed with my back pressed against the wall. Of course, I didn’t show that I was sitted on my bed but the point is that it was a very relaxed environment.

My interviewer was very nice and the interview was very conversational, it was almost like we were old buddies.

After you have heard about the company and the job from your interview, take the initiative to ask questions. Write down any questions you might want to ask about the company, the job, colleagues, salary etc. This will tell the interviewer that you are really interested and know what you are looking for.

The second thing you need to keep in mind is that you need to prove that you are a teacher by nature even if you are not one by profession. So mention circumstances in which you might find difficulty while teaching and ask a question about them. For example, I asked what would happen if I got a child that doesn’t know English at all. The trainer told me not to worry about those kids as they will more often than not have an adult to help translate. If not, you can use google translate if you need to.

Questions such as these will show the interviewer that you know what you are doing as a teacher even if you have never taught before.

Third thing to do is download the Snaplingo App and get familiar with it. If you have any questions about it, do ask them. Again, questions show your enthusiasm.

Finally, if you can, get a few props like puppets and work them into the conversation with your interviewer. As a bonus, you can get a chart of numbers or the alphabet and stick them onto the wall as your background. This also shows initiative and interest.

You don’t have to get props and a background at interview stage. Most people wait until they get the job to get a background and props. This means that having them during your interview stage will give you an advantage over everyone else applying for the job.

TinyTip: Just buy a chart with the alphabet from a local store, cut the letters out and paste them onto the wall. This will give you a simple and attractive background.

So guys, this is my advice for anyone who has an interview for a job as an online ESL teacher with Snaplingo.

If you have any questions, please do comment or send me an email.

If you want information on applying for a job with Snaplingo, read my post here.

If you would like a sample letter to give you an idea on what to include in you cover letter, click here.

If you are looking for information about Snaplingo, click here.

Thanks for stopping by again.

See you next week.

Kel xxx

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Sample Application letter for an online ESL job with Snaplingo

Dear Andre,
I hope this e-mail finds you well. My name is _______________ and I got your contact from Kel Eya who is currently working as an English tutor for Snaplingo and has recommended me.
The reason for my e-mail is to express interest in becoming an English tutor with Snaplingo myself.
I have been volunteering with children for 4 years now which has exposed me to a lot of experience with children of different ages, abilities, and languages.
I believe that with my natural way with children coupled with 4 years of volunteer experience adequately equips me for the position as an online English Tutor for children under the age of twelve years of age.
It is therefore with keen interest that I apply for a position as an English Tutor for Snaplingo as and when a position becomes available.
I am available to start immediately and have a very fast internet connection, therefore, lessons will be smooth and uninterrupted.
If you have any positions available, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I look forward to hearing from you with a possibility of a Skype interview and a position with Snaplingo.

Skype Address:

Sincerely,

____________________


I hope this helps.

If you would like more information on Snaplingo, I have written a good bit of information about what they are looking for here and about working for them here.

Please do let me know if you need any more help.

Kel xxx

The perfect job for travelers

Hi Friends,

Since I started blogging and traveling, the one question that has been asked the most (4 people) is how I afford to travel so much. This post is not so much about how I afford to travel but how YOU can afford to get up and go travelling the world and still get paid.

Sounds too good to be true? Well, it isn’t. Just keep reading.

To be honest, I afford travel because I mostly travel within Ireland which in itself is a traveler’s gold mine when it comes to abundance. There is always something to see and do on this little Island. My advice to anyone who wants to travel is that you don’t need to cross borders to experience travel and adventure.

Back to the point, how can you afford to travel as much as you want? Well, you need to get a job that allows you to do so. One that you gives you the opportunity to work from anywhere in the world and in any time zone. It is literally the dream job and here is some advice for you if you would like to land yourself one.

I am an online language teacher- better known as an ESL (English as a Second language) teacher. I basically teach Chinese children English for a living. It is an extremely enjoyable job and as flexible as a job can get but with good enough remuneration. In short, if you work for 20 hours a week and get paid what I would have been paid if I was in a fulltime 9-5 job.

How do you get yourself one of these? Well, listen carefully- I am about to give you pure gold.

What you need:

1. The first and most important thing you need is a native English speaking accent. The most desirable accents are the American, British and Canadian accents. Neutral accents are also very important for non-native speakers, although many companies prefer not to hire non-native speakers.

2. Experience with children. If you have experience teaching children, you have a greater chance of getting an ESL job. Companies look for people who are able to deal with children in a professional yet effective manner. That said, I know loads of people who have gotten ESL jobs with no teaching experience whatsoever.

4. You will need to have a TEFL certificate course done or be in the process of acquiring one. You can get them on discount depending on the time of the year.

3. High-speed internet very important as the companies need to know that your lessons are going to run smoothly with little to no distractions due to the connection.

4. Availability in peak times which happens between 6 pm and 10 pm in the students local time.

Once you make sure you have the above listed checked, you can then apply for a job. The company that I work for is called SnapLingo and they are definitely a great company. I have worked for them for a while now and I can confidently say that I am very happy with them.

I have created a new page on the blog solely dedicated to recruitment advice. Here are a few things you need to know about getting hired with SnapLingo. Click here

I am also thinking of posting a few videos to help fellow travellers with the application process, interviews, demos etc.

Comment if this is something you are interested it.

Thanks for stopping by guys.