Tips for Getting Hired With VIPKID
I started teaching with VIPKID a few months ago. I wrote an article about applying for VIPKID that you can check out here. But today I wanted to share some tips to help you through the hiring process itself. The hiring process can feel a bit overwhelming. As I referenced in the last post, if you apply and do not pass, you can reapply! Many people, myself included, have reapplied and gotten hired their second time through the process.
Currently, they are revamping some of the steps in the hiring process. I’m going to give some tips to help you each step of the way.
If at any time you have questions in the interview process, feel free to email me at email@example.com
In this stage of the process, they want to see that you meet the necessary qualifications to be a teacher.
- Do you have a Bachelor’s degree?
- Do you have at least a year of teaching experience in some capacity? (can include tutoring or homeschool!)
- eligible to work in the US or Canada (though you can teach anywhere, as long as you have steady internet)
This is the time to highlight any teaching experience you may have on your resume!
Interview (live or demo)
*updated 1/5/17- they are now also offering an interview express to some candidates. This is similar to the recorded demo, but instead of the ten minute lesson, you’ll only be teaching two slides. You’ll first take a short quiz on ESL teaching, followed by a recorded video. The video will include you introducing yourself, as well as teaching two slides. If you are offered the chance to do an interview express, I would recommend doing that!
Depending on how you do the interview, you either talk to a live person and answer their questions, or you record yourself. I did a recorded demo, and I really enjoyed that.
Main tips for teaching:
- limit your incidental language (extra words the student may not know)
- use the target sentences provided
- be energetic/excited
- use TPR (total physical response)
- correct mistakes (during the live interview, they will purposely make mistakes. If you’re doing a recorded interview, pretend to hear a mistake and correct it)
- be familiar with synthetic phonics (here’s a helpful video on synthetic phonics)
The main piece of advice I have for the mock section comes from one of Hope Williams’ videos. If you have been watching youtube for vipkid tips, you may have seen Hope Williams’ videos. Be sure to check out this video to see her walk you through her process!
- Make sure you know the lesson objectives!
- Read through the vocabulary words and the sentence patterns the students are expected to use
- Check to see what prior knowledge is listed for the student, if any is given.
- You can use the prior knowledge (what the student already knows), along with the vocabulary and sentence patterns the students are supposed to use for the lesson, and plug those in to your teaching.
*background- make sure you have a nice background! This is one of the items you will be scored on during your mock class, but it doesn’t have to be anything expensive. I ordered a stick on world map to put on the wall behind me, but you could find an inexpensive one at Target, or maybe even the Dollar Store.
*lighting-this is another thing they’ll be grading you on during your mock class! Make sure you have good lighting. Here are a couple of good videos and articles on the importance of lighting…
*camera and headset– you could use the camera on your computer if you feel the quality is good, or you could use an additional camera. You’ll also want to invest in a headset, if you don’t already have one. It doesn’t have to be expensive. I ordered a logitech headset online for a good deal. I really like it, and it also has a mute button, which is very helpful.
**this last step is a recent step added to the interview process**
Kick off Meeting or Mock 2
After your mock 1, you may be invited to begin teaching immediately. But if you don’t, you may get an email about doing a mock 2 or participating in a kick off meeting (this option is newer).
If you choose to do mock 2, you’ll have another opportunity to practice one on one with a mentor, but you’ll still have to pass the mock 2 in order to begin teaching. If you choose to attend the kick off meeting, you can begin teaching sooner, but you may be limited to just teaching trial classes at the beginning.
If you receive an email saying you did not pass the mock 1 portion, you can reapply! The company used to say you could reapply in 3 months, but they do currently allow people to reapply with a different email address. If you do reapply with a different address, you’ll most likely only be given the option of recording your demo lesson and interview, rather than having a live interview. I did the recorded version, and I really enjoyed being able to record it when I was ready.
Here’s my link, if you are choosing to apply. I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have about teaching online with VIPKID along the way! You can leave a comment, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.