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    Hello forum inhabitants,
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    Somewhat surprisingly, I've been accepted to take part in the interview stage of this grueling application process and haven't heard much about what the interviews are like here in Ireland. I can't imagine they differ too much from those in other countries, but I am wondering if there is a grammar test? I know the UK has one but I read that the USA doesn't, so if anyone can tell me whether Ireland does or not that would be great.

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    If you're anything like most Irish Jets, straightening yourself out with a few black coffees beforehand should take precedence over any test.

    It's not a deal breaker but the British one had a few quite obtuse examples a few years back. I made a few mistakes and got in so I wouldn't spend too much time worrying about it.

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    Thanks for the reply Mr. Charisma, I'll just wheel in an IV drip of coffee with me.
    I'm sure it won't be too bad if there is one. I saw a video where someone said it was possibly just to help them decide what level of student you'll end up teaching if indeed you get selected, so that's what I'll tell myself if I fail horribly!

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    Well, for anyone interested, the Irish interviews (held yesterday) did NOT have a grammar test, nor did we have to do a mock lesson. It was almost conversational in fact, to the point I'm finding it very difficult to gauge whether I did well or not.
    The wait continues...

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    FauxPandit, what interview room were you in? I was in number one in the basement (not sure if there were interview rooms outside the basement) and I had the same experience as you. From what I read online I thought the questions would be much more aggressive but I ended up just having a laugh and a chat with the panel for the duration of the interview. I did have to explain a grammar point to them as if they were a class however, which I did ok at but could have done better.

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    Those, I was in room #7, upstairs just by the registration desk. There I was, with my folder and prepped answers for the the mock lesson which never came. If they could've seen that I'd almost be confident of passing the thing! As it stands, I'm going to hope for the best but expect the worst...
    But yeah, they seemed almost disconcertingly friendly at one point, even making statements about their own interests and such without a question at the end, and seemingly expecting me to respond to them somehow (which I did of course, but was that the right thing to do? Who the hell knows!).
    As for you, Numerouno, that's interesting that you got one. Nobody out of the 6 people I spoke to on the day did. What format did the grammar test take? I'd be very surprised if it was formal, given others' and my own experiences.

    Did you guys get any curve-ball questions? I got asked if I was aware of any economic trends in Japan, or in Ireland that relate to Japan. On any other day I would've been able to answer that by just spouting some stuff about Abenomics/Abe's 3 arrows etc. straight out of the 'Tokyo On Fire' podcast, but for that moment my wits escaped me and I mumbled briefly about some BOJ bureaucracy story I clearly didn't know enough about...

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    Yeah, I was pretty much the same. No folder, but I spent a lot of time after applying with my head stuck in the part of the internet labelled JAPAN absorbing everything I could. If the interview just consisted of them telling me to talk about Japan for an hour or two I would have been grand. I found it tricky to work in this knowledge into the interview, especially when they were asking relatively personal questions because I don't have much actual exposure to Japanese culture.

    The grammar that I dealt with wasn't a test per se, I was given a sentence which read "I should have went to the shop" and had to explain what was wrong with it as if they were a class. I went full on teacher mode without thinking and actually asked THEM to explain it to me first, which prompted a moment of * deer in headlights * silence before it was pointed out that a Japanese class would be unlikely to respond to a question like that (which I actually remembered half-way though asking the question * facepalm *). I laughed it off and continued straight on.

    Would I be right in guessing you have a background in economics? I think they were trying to play to our strengths over-all rather than catch us out. I had prepared an economics question (along with basically everything else curve-ball-wise), but aside from the basic questions they stuck to asking me questions based on my experiences (having taught my own classes how would I deal with working with another teacher, etc.). On the basis of my interview, if you said you had economics experience and then were able to prove that I'd say that's what they were looking for.
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    I'd say it's pretty safe to tell them you wanted to travel there because Japan is interesting. That you got to the interview presumably means they think that you've displayed enough of an interest in Japan to justify considering sending you over. I'm fairly certain they just asked that to check if you'd scream something along the lines of "Because that's where Pikachu is from and PIKACHU IS LIFE". Didn't do that and I'd guess you're pretty safe.

    It's good to hear all the interviews all had pretty much the same tone, thanks for posting your opinions guys, I don't know anybody else applying so it was good to hear some Irish opinions on it all. Good luck!

    (Also, I've redacted some of my previous post on the not unlikely basis that the interviewers themselves occasionally browse the forum, and saying I made up stuff in the interview sounds flippant - for the record, my interest in rural cultural decay is real, but I didn't expect myself to be cohesively be presenting my ideas to anyone in the interview. I blanked, and that *of all possible things* just happened to pop into my head :P oh well.)

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    I meant to reply to this months ago, but kept putting it on the long finger, so to speak.

    For sake of closure for this thread, I somehow got accepted and am now processing the information, although so far that's just resulted in jittery laughter and increased perspiration. And celebration liquor, of course.

    How did you get on, Those?

    And by the by, I don't have a background in economics (I've a music degree) so I was somewhat surprised by the question. But then again I'm always somewhat surprised so that doesn't say a whole lot.

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    Hey FauxPandit, congrats! I'll see you at the orientation so! *virtual high five*

    You're actually making me retrospectively nervous by telling me I could have gotten asked a question about Japanese economics even though it's not my background. They were obviously going easy on me (or just couldn't get a word in to stop me talking).

    And BTW, I had a read over the previous posts in the thread and it's just occurred to me that I think I might have seen you as I was signing in. I distinctly remember seeing *somebody* sitting with an open folder and being immensely relieved that I wasn't the only person doing last-min cramming! I actually had ensconced myself in the restaurant two hours before my interview with my laptop, notes and motivational music.

    Either way, I'm the same as yourself pretty much, I've handed in my notice and at the moment am oscillating between delight at the fact I'm going to Japan, and also terror due the fact that going to Japan :P

    If you haven't seen it already, there is an Incoming JETS 2016 page on FB that's worth joining to talk to other international JETS both new and old, and there's also an Irish Incoming JETS 2016 page set up so Irish JETS can ask each other questions. Not too many people have joined so far, but I think the plan is for our coordinator to send around an email informing people of the pages existence. So everybody who's joined up till now is pretty hipster.

    Good luck with the preparations, and congrats again!
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    And congratulations to you too! We can also now safely go to the orientation knowing that we've spoken to at least one other person there incognito.

    Yeah that may well have been me, though I'm sure we weren't the only ones cramming so fervently. I too was poring over my folder in a café beforehand, and in a spat of foolishness I ended up leaving it there at the table I was sitting at. The interview voucher was in it as well and I didn't notice until I was on the DART out to Lansdowne Road, so I had to run back into the city to the café and then hot-foot it back out to the interview. I was so wrecked by the ordeal (and the unexpected fitness test...) that I was certain I must have seemed hung over in the interview and was destined for failure. Not so.

    You might think that Facebook page is pretty hipster, but like all true hipsters I'm not even on Facebook. I'm sure it's great though, what with the socialising and the fun and the preparedness that comes with inter-community intellectual cross-referencing...

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    Irish hipster? You mean a man who uses a 1950s vintage belt to drunkenly beat his wife?

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    Sounds about right

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    Lads, hate to pull the artisan wool beanie from over your eyes, but that's basically every hipster. An education: Rubberbandits. Hey Mister, are you a Hipster or a Hobo? - YouTube

    But yeah FauxPandit, christ, you really had to work for that interview! At least you used up some of that excess interview adrenaline. Far from looking hungover you probably ended up with a thousand-yard been-though-it-all stare. I'd say you looked like you were destined for *something* alright, although in that situation it's a coin toss between "they are obviously: The best teacher EVER/or/One bad kancho away from going absolutely postal"

    Sure, good luck with getting your info off sites like this one, you may need it :P. I'll stick with FB even though I know I'm basically giving away huge amounts of personal info to advertising companies and shadowy agencies in doing so. Hasn't affected me yet though, so that's future me's problem.

    Future me will likely be fighting sentient robots with decades worth of my personal data that are accurately capable of predicting my every move.

    Good luck future me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrcharisma View Post
    Irish hipster? You mean a man who uses a 1950s vintage belt to drunkenly beat his wife?
    No mrcharisma, Irish hipsters don't have wives, only abortions. We call who you described "the traveling community".

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    But yeah FauxPandit, christ, you really had to work for that interview! At least you used up some of that excess interview adrenaline. Far from looking hungover you probably ended up with a thousand-yard been-though-it-all stare. I'd say you looked like you were destined for *something* alright, although in that situation it's a coin toss between "they are obviously: The best teacher EVER/or/One bad kancho away from going absolutely postal"
    Haha I'd say I'm one bad kancho away from becoming the best teacher ever (when legal, of course).

    Quote Originally Posted by Those View Post
    Sure, good luck with getting your info off sites like this one, you may need it :P. I'll stick with FB even though I know I'm basically giving away huge amounts of personal info to advertising companies and shadowy agencies in doing so. Hasn't affected me yet though, so that's future me's problem.

    Future me will likely be fighting sentient robots with decades worth of my personal data that are accurately capable of predicting my every move.

    Good luck future me.
    The way I see it, the aforementioned shadowy agencies and sentient robot precursors can get my info anyway, but the principle did somewhat drive me to delete it, having flirted with the notion before. I was also really sick of seeing what people had in their latest sandwich, but what I've found out since then is that unavoidably knowing what someone is currently digesting is the price you must now pay to know about social events.

    Yeah, Japan perhaps isn't the best place if you're looking to avoid seemingly sentient robots, that future you could be in July!

    Also, thanks for making me want to know what's on the page. The anguish is almost worse than not knowing where in Japan I'm going to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beer Baron View Post
    congrats guys
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    Quote Originally Posted by Those View Post
    it's a coin toss between "they are obviously: The best teacher EVER/or/One bad kancho away from going absolutely postal"
    Great men of action never mind on occasion being ridiculous; in a sense it is part of their job.

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