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    Default "So, how'd your interview go?" 2008

    So the interview period seems to have started now... has anyone here had theirs yet? If so, how'd it go? Any thoughts, regrets or advice for others regarding the interview?

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    Ill sticky this now...

    Feel free to post interview (horror) stories here!
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    Wow, have they really begun already? US still hasn't sent any confirmations.....

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    Okay. Not great, not awful, just okay. I got asked the standard question. I wouldn't be surprised if I didn't get in (considering that the number of UK JETs that went was relatively low). Though obviously I want to get in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nimby
    Okay. Not great, not awful, just okay. I got asked the standard question. I wouldn't be surprised if I didn't get in (considering that the number of UK JETs that went was relatively low). Though obviously I want to get in.
    Don't worry about it - the number of JETs from the UK is low compared to the US, yes, but mainly because fewer people apply. You must think positive thoughts!
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    That's true. I never of it that way. I just assumed that JET prefered Americans to Brits.

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    Depends on the CO. My city only employs Australians if they can help it, the one next to me likes Poms and the one next to that likes Canadians.
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    What are Poms?

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    It is what folk from Australia call those from the UK

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alterna..._British#Pommy

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    I had my interview on Friday. Typically, I only found this forum today! Gah! At least I had a couple of facebook groups and a few ex-JET friends to pester.

    It went...erm...actually, I've *NO* idea how it went. It wasn't a disaster - I didn't forget to put my trousers on or start a fist fight in reception or anything - but I don't feel like I said anything to make myself shine either.

    Some questions I think I had pretty good answers for, others stumped me somewhat so I gave rather mundane replies.

    Ah well, that's the whole thing wrapped up for now anyway. Just have to wait until April to find out what happens next!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wooltech
    In other news: Hello! I've just found your forum.
    Welcome!!

    argh- i can't believe my hideous interview was a couple of years ago!!

    Just in case anyone does have a horrible interview- don't despair!! Mine was bad to the point that i went home and cried- yet somehow i still made it in (and to a really sweet placement!!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by josy
    Quote Originally Posted by Wooltech
    In other news: Hello! I've just found your forum.
    Welcome!!

    argh- i can't believe my hideous interview was a couple of years ago!!

    Just in case anyone does have a horrible interview- don't despair!! Mine was bad to the point that i went home and cried- yet somehow i still made it in (and to a really sweet placement!!)
    Yea my interviewers were out to make me cry too! (Though I didn't cry! I'm a big boy.) So yea absolutely agree with that. Don't worry to much if your interview seems to go badly - i think they want to see how you react to their being harsh more than anything - not necessarily that they don't like you. Even though they may even go so far as telling you that.
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    What's the worst question everyone got asked at their interview in terms of difficulty/no answer/vindictive/etc.
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    One of my thesis advisers in uni is always on an interview panel, and he told me that, generally, the stronger they see your application is on paper, the harder the questions they will ask you. So if they are asking you ridiculously hard questions, most likely they are just trying to see how you do under pressure, because it is already clear that you know about japan/have international experience/teaching experience/whatever. They want to see that you're able to think on your feet and don't crush under pressure. It's perfectly OK not to know the answer to one of their questions (unless its something really easy, like name the prime minister or the 4 islands), just as long as you are able to articulate something and come off as cool under pressure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waldroon
    What's the worst question everyone got asked at their interview in terms of difficulty/no answer/vindictive/etc.
    Mine wasn't really the questions that made it hideous, it was more the panel. They didn't really react to what i was saying so it made me unsure if my japanese was okay/ made sense :? I remember they asked me to point out what i thought the weaknesses of the British education system...

    ...I guess ALTs will be okay for that though as your interviews will be in English

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    Hi new here.

    Just had an interview in London at 12pm today.
    I wouldn't say I did too badly but I won't say I did great.
    And the panel consisted of two people.
    The questions weren't really off the wall or anything, so I don't really know what that means.

    Good or bad then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FSEffect
    Just had an interview in London at 12pm today.
    I wouldn't say I did too badly but I won't say I did great.
    And the panel consisted of two people.
    The questions weren't really off the wall or anything, so I don't really know what that means.

    Good or bad then?
    That sounds like how mine went on Friday.

    The grammar test was simple enough with one question I didn't like, the questions were pretty much what you'd expect, and I came out feeling...meh.

    Not a disaster, not an outstanding performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wooltech
    Quote Originally Posted by FSEffect
    Just had an interview in London at 12pm today.
    I wouldn't say I did too badly but I won't say I did great.
    And the panel consisted of two people.
    The questions weren't really off the wall or anything, so I don't really know what that means.

    Good or bad then?
    That sounds like how mine went on Friday.

    The grammar test was simple enough with one question I didn't like, the questions were pretty much what you'd expect, and I came out feeling...meh.

    Not a disaster, not an outstanding performance.
    I'm not certain on my grammar test though. The interview felt like a regular job interview.
    I noticed you're from Wales, so I'm assuming you also forked over around 62.50 for the bloody train (I'm from Manchester).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wooltech
    The grammar test was simple enough with one question I didn't like, the questions were pretty much what you'd expect, and I came out feeling...meh.
    There's a grammar test? Or is that just for the UK?

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