Teaching English Abroad: Tips for Job Interviews on Phone and Skype

Top 11 Expert Tips for Interviewing for Jobs Teaching English Abroad over Skype and the Phone

By Shay Ames


Interviewing procedures and practice vary widely for jobs teaching English abroad.  In some cases, you should expect to interview face-to-face with schools in the country where you wish to teach.  In other cases, you will apply and interview for jobs in advance from home.  This is typical for positions teaching English in the Arab Gulf countries, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, European countries like Turkey and Russia, and some Latin American countries (Chile, Colombia, and Mexico, in particular).  Such interviews are typically conducted over the phone and/or by Skype.  As in any job interview, you want to do the best possible job in selling your qualifications, presenting yourself as a professional and convincing your potential employer that you are the best possible person for the job, but here are some particular points to help you master interviews for teaching English abroad conducted over Skype and the phone.   

What Are Basic Start-up Costs for Teaching English Abroad?

How Much Will it Cost Me to Teach English Abroad?


To move anywhere whether it is from New York to New Jersey or Chicago to Madrid, you’ll probably need to incur at least some basic start-up costs.

Depending on where you decide to teach English abroad, these costs will vary with the cost of living where you teach, travel expenses and whether you receive benefits like free housing and/or airfare from the school that employs you. For most people who teach English abroad, start-up costs typically include: