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akanemukade
April 4th, 2012, 02:10
So I recently had an interview with Interac and now I'm anxiously waiting to hear if I've been accepted. At the interview, our recruiter said that anyone who makes it to the interview stage has a 99% chance of being hired (either as a short-list candidate, an alternate or a deferral). Is it just me, or do you guys find this to be just a tad far-fetched?

I'm asking because there were a couples parts of my interview that could have gone better, so I'm a little worried... but I made it this far, so I just hope it all works out.

Gizmotech
April 4th, 2012, 09:44
Good luck!

Enjoy being part of the 1% for once :)

akanemukade
April 5th, 2012, 06:53
Hah, I know right? :roll:

anonymoose
April 5th, 2012, 12:43
I've been scouring all sorts of EFL forums, and a lot of what I've read about Interac is that they do most of their filtering before the seminar and that once you make it to the interview stage it really is very likely you'll be hired unless there is horrendous misbehavior. What do you think went wrong? If it wasn't serious, I would say you still have a very good chance of making it.

Good luck!

I have my seminar in the not-so-distant future. Maybe we'll meet at orientation in August/September if we both make it!

akanemukade
April 5th, 2012, 20:24
Thanks! Well, nothing serious I guess. My demo was fine and the interview was great! It's just that my recruiter was kind of hard on me for no reason. After we finished filming, she complained that I spoke too fast when I read off the script, even though the email said we had to keep it under 30 seconds, and that my lesson was only 5 minutes when it should have been closer to 6 minutes... but in the email, it said to keep it under 6 minutes no matter what. It's not like I finished at 3 minutes or anything. She also said I didn't say I was an American in my introduction, but I did say where I lived, so I thought that was kind of petty.

Meanwhile, the other people stopped around 5:30 and she congratulated them. I just felt like I was being singled out for no reason.

Then at the actual one-on-one interview she apologized to me for criticizing me, which I didn't expect to hear but I was very grateful, and said I really did a great job so... we'll see. She was really nice, it's just that now my confidence is shot.

And I guess I was just nervous during the video so that worries me too. I don't actually remember how it went now, it's all sort of a blur now. Hopefully a good one ^_^ I hope we both make it to Japan in August!

Kewne
April 14th, 2012, 23:14
I'm hoping it's true since I'm waiting for my results now. I applied in a different way though.

I do find it far-fetched, since up to that point they've not talked to you at all - only seen your writing and study results.

anonymoose
April 19th, 2012, 08:24
That's not true. There's a phone interview prior to the seminar/in-person interview.

My recruiter didn't mention the percentage of individuals who get chosen at that point, but he said videos should be about 5 minutes and up to 6 minutes. So, I don't think it's horrible that you stopped at 5, maybe it was just that recruiter's specific preference.

Kewne
April 19th, 2012, 08:42
Oh right. I did the whole thing online through a recruiter, so my application process must've been really different. I never had a phone screening - just an interview.

Regarding the original topic, it does seem promising that on the 'Official 2011 Non-Jet Applicant List' topic, no-one mentioned being rejected. There are some who never updated though.

Laevatienn
April 25th, 2012, 10:16
Oh right. I did the whole thing online through a recruiter, so my application process must've been really different. I never had a phone screening - just an interview.

Regarding the original topic, it does seem promising that on the 'Official 2011 Non-Jet Applicant List' topic, no-one mentioned being rejected. There are some who never updated though.

Sorry but I like raining on parades :). The acceptance rate is closer to 65-80 percent depending on the season. 80 for this season.

They screen the hell out of people before you are invited to a seminar. You had a phone interview, phone screening = phone interview. Did you at any time talk and answer questions from someone on the phone during the time up to your seminar? Were you sent an email from them including an FAQ they wanted you to read before they gave you a call? If so then you had a phone interview.

You got to a seminar which is good, 80 percent acceptance is nothing to laugh at but it is not a guarantee you will go over. Your demo lesson and hard work during the process will decide in the end. Good luck.

Junipe
April 25th, 2012, 10:32
Sorry but I like raining on parades :). The acceptance rate is closer to 65-80 percent depending on the season. 80 for this season.


If you don't mind me asking, where are you pulling this number from?

Laevatienn
April 26th, 2012, 07:29
If you don't mind me asking, where are you pulling this number from?

No minding to worry about. I was an intern for Interac a little while ago so I did some paper work for them ( a lot) and I notice numbers more than most, the data was mostly consistent throughout the years. These are general numbers, obviously, but not by too much. I took the average which is why they are so well rounded. From my old contacts still working in Tokyo the numbers haven't changed much.

anonymoose
April 27th, 2012, 10:58
Thanks for the input Laevatienn.

I'm just waiting to hear the results now. I hope it doesn't take too much longer.

akanemukade
April 28th, 2012, 00:13
I was told yesterday that I got the job with Interac :) so your results should come pretty soon! Good luck!

anonymoose
April 28th, 2012, 02:49
Congratulations!

I'm looking forward to my e-mail. :) I'm about to graduate, so I'm just wondering if I'll have to wait up to three weeks from when I send in my letter of graduation. I turned in everything else, and they said those documents weren't needed immediately from those soon-to-graduate, so I kind of think they'll be able to give me a response before I send it that's contingent on my graduation, rather than waiting until the end of next week when I can send the document and then sending the offer. Oh well, hopefully I'll have good news soon already and we'll be going to orientation/training together!

cobbabygirl
May 1st, 2012, 04:43
I got the job with Interac! I hope to see akanemukade at orientation!

Kewne
May 1st, 2012, 04:49
I got the job with Interac! I hope to see akanemukade at orientation!

Congratulations! Hoping I join you two there too.

When did you find out?

akanemukade
May 1st, 2012, 06:28
cobbabygirl and I went to the same seminar! Congrats girl! :D I can't wait to see you in Japan!

neggo
May 10th, 2012, 18:16
Sorry to bump this thread but my seminar is in two weeks and I've already been thinking about what I will do for my presentation. I did not want to start a new thread as this thread kind of deals with the topic at hand.

Aside from being energetic, genki, and smiley, for the "warm up" activity for elementary school kids, what did everybody else find they had to do? I am not much of a singer, so I am not sure If I can sing the numbers song without butchering it...do you think a simple activity while going through things coherently, clearly, and energetically would suffice? Also, would speaking a bit of Japanese during the lessons be a plus or a minus? (As I know some people do their entire introduction in Japanese)

Thanks.

akanemukade
May 10th, 2012, 21:33
I only needed to speak Japanese in the introduction. It's an English lesson for a reason. The most important way to get across your ideas to the "students" is to speak slowly, emphasize key words and use hand gestures.

Everybody else at my interview did head-shoulders-knees and toes, but I wanted to do something a little more creative for the warm up. I acted out phrases like "play basketball!" "eat ramen!" "talk on the phone" sort of like a Simon says-type game, and afterwards I had to students respond to my commands by acting them out when I only said the words. It seemed to be good enough.

neggo
May 11th, 2012, 08:38
^ Thanks for the reply and for the insight.

Congratulations on the placement and I hope to see you guys there! :D

I will definitely keep in mind what you have said in regards to getting your points across during your presentation.

Sirrus
May 20th, 2012, 00:23
I was interviewed by Interac and ended up not getting accepted.

Everything seemed to go well with the exception of a few moments during my English lesson where I got nervous and fumbled on some things. Also started having trouble keeping a smile going as the interviewers signaled me to do more of during the lesson. The one on one with the interviewer went very well however.

Also, if you get turned down after the interview process, they pretty much won't look at you again if you reapply I've found.

anonymoose
May 20th, 2012, 08:53
Sorry to hear that Sirrus! There are many employers out there, so just keep trying. Good luck on your continued search.

Sirrus
May 24th, 2012, 23:37
Sorry to hear that Sirrus! There are many employers out there, so just keep trying. Good luck on your continued search.

That was actually some time ago. Teaching in Japan for me doesn't feel to be worth the effort to pursue anymore to be honest, and I've moved onto focusing my efforts towards starting a career. I popped back in and just wanted to throw in my two cents from my own experience with the Interac interview on here.

Merkypie
May 26th, 2012, 14:11
I had a phone interview with Interac and didn't make it. I don't know what went wrong since I answered the questions the same way I approached my JET interview but Interac was like LOLno. So, it's probably not as easy to get in. I guess if I sounded more desperate? idk

anonymoose
May 26th, 2012, 16:07
Oh wow Merkypie! I've seen your posts on the JET forum. I can't believe Interac wouldn't select you. Maybe they thought you wouldn't actually end up going to Japan with them. Maybe the recruiter you spoke to was having a bad day. It just shows the imperfection of the selection process.

Merkypie
May 27th, 2012, 01:22
Yo~

Well, I had that phone interview right after I had my JET interview but like a week or two before shortlist results came out. So I guess I didn't sound hungry enough like the type of applicants they were getting during that period (JET interview rejects, etc)

anonymoose
May 27th, 2012, 07:01
Yes, JET rejects like me. Well, I didn't even get an interview. Hungry like the wolf.

Merkypie
May 27th, 2012, 12:51
Try this fall? Interac isn't as derpy during the process.

anonymoose
May 27th, 2012, 17:22
Oh, I should have said I was hungry like the wolf. I already got accepted with Interac for fall! JET is the better of the two money-wise, but I'll at least have flexibility with placement and lots of vacation time, and money isn't really such a big concern as long as I can support myself. So, I'm still happy and looking forward to living and teaching abroad. d^.^b

Jujiroll
May 27th, 2012, 21:24
Hey all

Been trolling this site for a while now however never signed up or posted before.

I thought id say I had my interview with Interac last week waiting on a yes or a no :)

Merkypie
May 28th, 2012, 00:58
Oh, I should have said I was hungry like the wolf. I already got accepted with Interac for fall! JET is the better of the two money-wise, but I'll at least have flexibility with placement and lots of vacation time, and money isn't really such a big concern as long as I can support myself. So, I'm still happy and looking forward to living and teaching abroad. d^.^b

Oh well, congrats! Maybe we'll cross paths in Japan in the future ;)

akanemukade
May 28th, 2012, 01:28
I'm starting to see a pattern here. A lot of people who got into JET said they were rejected by Interac, and vice versa. I wonder if they both look for different criteria altogether?

I've been accepted with Interac for the fall intake as well. JET didn't even so much as glance at my application from what I can tell. Either way, I'm content, despite the fact that JET would have been the preferable choice.

anonymoose
May 28th, 2012, 04:36
@merkypie Thank you!

@akanemukade Probably they look at criteria a little differently, I'm sure the SoP is more important to JET than any essay I wrote for Interac was for them, but mostly I think it reflects the slight randomness of the selection process. With either JET or Interac they have multiple human application evaluators with a level of personal bias in interpreting their organizations' values who go through a ton of apps very quickly knowing there are more qualified applicants than there are positions. And the difference in interviewers is probably even greater. There are friendly as well as strict interviewers, and not all interviewees perform the same with each type.