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    Hi. So I have just received an email for an international school asking for a Skype interview VERY SOON, following my application for a vacancy with them.

    However the email doesn't say that it's an interview, s/he just invites me to join them on Skype 'for a talk' where they'll also be willing to tell me more about the position.

    So is this a proper interview or not? I'm not sure how to prepare for this AT ALL and any opinion would be useful. This would be my first interview for a teaching position.

    Thank you.

    Which country is it? Depending upon the country, the school may already be willing to offer you the job. Seriously, if it's somewhere not too appealing, it is difficult for them to attract teachers, and especially as it is your NQT year, they may be looking for someone to take on the ***** work.

    As it is Skype, chances are there will be a few technological problems. Don't let this worry you. They will expect this and will be able to tolerate it. Dress relatively smart, sight up straight, with a plainish background behind you (so no TV or people moving about), and the conversation will be more like an informal chat than a proper interview. If you've not been abroad before to work, they will be checking out to see if you will be able to endure a whole year away, or will you crumble due to a significant lack of independence and a still intact umbilical cord. Going to university in a different part of the country may help if you can demonstrate the ways you paid your own bills, cleaned your own room, and wiped your own arse, but keep in mind that this will have been in a location with the same language, customs, and culture. If you're going somewhere that bacon and porn is illegal, it can be quite a lot to adapt to if this is part of your daily lifestyle.
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