“Tell me about yourself” – “Well… I don’t like job interviews!”


The nervous wait in reception; the scary prospect of talking about yourself for more than five minutes; the anticipation when you leave and wait for the call back… What is there to like about job interviews!

My worst interview was for a teaching job in France, which didn’t go badly (I got the job) but which due to my mistranslation led to me earning a much (much!) smaller salary than I thought my interviewer had offered. Numbers Nervous wait...have never been my strong point, and apparently I’m even worse at translating them into French! I ended up travelling one hour each way, 5 days a week, for three-hour shifts (to fit around my university study), and earned about €3 an hour… Let’s just say I didn’t stay long!

I’ve had some interviews in my time, but none maybe as bad as this lot. Roofs collapsing and buying lunch for your interviewer… It’s not a good start to a new career!

If you’ve got an interview coming up, the best thing you can do to get a head start is to make the most of your CV. Onestopenglish Jobs has some detailed careers and teaching tips, including this detailed article by Adrian Underhill.

And if you’re looking for or interviewing for jobs having just completed your CELTA, then take a look back at our CELTA report season, with articles about finding a job after CELTA, and working outside of teaching with the CELTA qualification.

Have you got any terrible interview stories to share? We won’t laugh, promise! Or do you have any invaluable interview tips that have got you through those nerve-wracking interview hours? Then leave us your stories in the comments section below!


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