Today I have been working for VIPKID for 31 days. I waited about 6 months to even do the first interview because I had just left a very stressful Principal position at an International school in Germany. I really enjoyed my previous job, but was ready to move on to spend more time with my family.
My husband is in the military and I find my family suffering when I am working full time outside of our home because my husband is deployed often. To ease the burden on my family, I decided to stay home and homeschool my youngest daughter. Friends quickly introduced me to VIPKID when I left my full time job.
I chose to apply for VIPKID in the summer of 2017, but did not follow through with the interview until I was invited by email to do an express interview in November. I felt somewhat ready to put myself out there in this new online environment, but I was nervous to look like a fool online. I wasn’t sure that my teaching style was right for this job, but I finally decided to just go for it.
I am so glad that I took the chance because I love this job. The first step was to record my 3 minute interview video and send it in. Of course I waited until the deadline to record my video because I was still on the fence about actually doing it. After waiting for everyone in my family to go to sleep, so they wouldn’t hear me being goofy, I stayed up until midnight recording my interview video. It wasn’t perfect, but I was tired so I just hit send and crossed my fingers. I woke up to an email saying that I passed the first step and was now on to the next steps.
I had to read all of the teacher prep material and then set up a time to do the mock 1 interview, where an adult acts like a student and you have to teach them a class. Oh…I was SO nervous and then at some point I decided that I was going all in on this. I decided that I wasn’t going to be embarrassed anymore about acting funny and doing TPR on video. It was very much out of my comfort zone until I got over myself and just went back to being the fun teacher that I have always been. Then I finally RELAXED! I realized VIPKID wants you to get hired! VIPKID needs really good, experienced, fun teachers to teach the sweetest kids English.
I enjoyed doing the teacher prep and learning about the company and I scheduled the Mock 1 interview. I was so nervous when I did the Mock 1 that I watched so many You Tube Videos. The best advice I can give you about watching these videos is to find a VIPKID teacher that is like you. Find the teacher that gives you good advice for your teaching style. I found that You Tube was filled with over the top teachers that made me feel like there was no way I could even come close to what they were doing. My favorite teacher to watch was Teacher Angela at https://youtu.be/eCf6vD71CfM . She taught like a normal person and was very encouraging to me.
I practiced and practiced the Letter X lesson for my Mock 1. I entered the classroom and my Mock 1 teacher was so awesome. He sent me a message in the chat box to tell me how to check my settings and to let me know the class would not start right away when he open his camera, but that we would talk before class. He was in Brazil and I was in Germany. He had been stationed in Germany when he was in the Army! We chatted a bit and then began the class. After the first lesson, he gave me some feedback and then we started the higher level class. He gave me some more feedback, I asked a few questions and it was over! I felt like it went ok, but was really unsure of what the outcome would be.
I woke up in the morning to an email saying that I passed my Mock 1 interview and would not have to do a Mock 2 class! I was so excited because I wasn’t sure I would make it through another interview with how nervous I was. To my surprise the email said that I was going to be certified for Level 3, 4, and 5! I thought I was terrible at the higher level interview, but my interviewer thought otherwise. To his credit, he was right! I really enjoy the higher level classes. The lower level classes are fun too, but the higher level classes are my jam!
After the interview there was paperwork to turn in and a background check to be done. I also had to write my own biography and make an introduction video. With zero experience, the introduction video was difficult to ace. After one month of teaching, I have decided to redo my intro video to attract the higher level students and their parents.
All of this interviewing was in the middle of the Thanksgiving holiday, so I was trying to balance starting this new job and spending quality time with my family. I managed to get everything in to VIPKID just in time to finish the hiring process. My family was so supportive and helpful during this time. Finally I became a VIPKID teacher! Now I actually had to teach a class!!!!! See my next post on VIPKID trial classes at http://wildoliveadventures.com/how-do-you-teach-vipkid-trial-classes/