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Teach Away | The Vault Vol. 2

Are you applying for teaching jobs abroad and preparing for the interview stage of your exciting teaching journey? Answering challenging interview questions for teaching jobs abroad can be both exhilarating and nerve-wracking. But learning how to respond with confidence allows you to leave a lasting impression on interviewers, showcasing your qualifications and suitability for the position, while effectively conveying your expertise and passion.

In this issue of The Vault Vol. 2, we’ve curated essential Teach Away blog posts to help you approach these questions with composure, honesty, and a clear understanding of your experiences and abilities. These valuable insights will guide you on your path to success as you navigate the interview process and open doors to an enriching international teaching opportunity.

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How to Formulate Answers to 11 Commonly Asked Interview Questions

Learn how to answer these 11 common interview questions for teachers and feel confident walking into your meeting. From why you’re interested in teaching abroad to how you handle conflicts in the classroom, we help you craft your answer. 

Teaching abroad job interviews are generally structured in a predictable manner, which gives teaching candidates the advantage of easy preparation. By anticipating common questions and practicing thoughtful responses, you can cultivate confidence and leave a lasting impression on the interviewers.

These interviews offer an excellent opportunity to showcase your skills, experiences, and passion for teaching abroad. By preparing well and approaching the interview with enthusiasm, you can boost your chances of success and open the door to an exciting journey of teaching abroad.

Here are 11 questions most commonly asked during a teach abroad job interview:

  1. Why are you interested in teaching here?
  2. Can you give an example of a time when you had to think on your feet?
  3. How have you handled conflicts at work in the past?
  4. Have you lived in this country before? Do you speak the language?
  5. Where would you be willing to work?
  6. Do you have any questions for us?
  7. Do you have teaching experience/certification?
  8. What previous jobs have prepared you for teaching?
  9. How would you deal with situation X?
  10. What are your greatest strengths/weaknesses?
  11. How would you describe your teaching style?

To ace your interview, read the full post and find more valuable tips and insights from our teach abroad expert.

Questions Teachers Should Ask During a Teach Abroad Interview

Nail your interview with these essential questions covering work, career, culture, travel logistics, housing, medical care, and finances. 

Interviews can be nerve-wracking, but they’re a golden opportunity to learn more about your potential teaching abroad experience. To help you ace your teacher interview, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of questions across seven key categories:

At Work:

  1. What is the turnover rate? A lower rate means a more stable work environment.
  2. How many other teachers? Where are they from? Understand the diverse staff composition.
  3. Who else will you work with? Get insights into the school’s community.


  1. What kind of opportunities for advancement are there? Discover your growth potential.
  2. How much on-the-job training is provided? Uncover future development opportunities.


  1. What are some important dos and don’ts of the country? Embrace local customs respectfully.
  2. What are some good phrases to learn? Enhance your language skills and connect with locals.

Getting There:

  1. What documents do you need? Understand the required paperwork and assistance.
  2. Does the school provide a flight allowance? Learn about flight reimbursement policies.


  1. Where will you be living (what part of the city)? Explore neighborhood options.
  2. What kind of apartment/living situation will you have? Gain insights into your future home.


  1. What is healthcare like? Know your healthcare options and emergency procedures.
  2. What insurance do you get? Understand your coverage for medical expenses.


  1. What is your starting salary? Evaluate your compensation and cost of living.
  2. How often/how much does salary increase? Plan for your financial future.

From understanding the work environment to grasping the healthcare system and salary details, these insightful questions will make your journey a success and help you land the right teaching job for you. Read the full post to learn more about what questions to ask during teach abroad interviews.

Prepare Thoughtful, Insightful Answers To Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Interview Questions

Knowing how to answer DEI interview questions as a teacher offers a competitive edge, showcases cultural awareness, and demonstrates the ability to create inclusive classrooms, while contributing to school goals and personal growth, all leading to a positive impact on students’ lives. Here are some tips from an experienced international education recruiter, Jane Macleod, who has worked on extensive recruitment campaigns around the globe.

Prospective teachers often look forward to interviews, but questions about equity and diversity can trigger anxiety. How do you address these crucial issues during an interview?

In today’s global landscape, schools worldwide recognize the urgency of addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in education. OECD reports link recent global events like the pandemic, migration, war, and climate change to the growing need for DEI understanding.

The definition of inclusion has evolved significantly over the years. It now encompasses addressing the diverse needs of ALL learners, emphasizing cultural diversity and the advantages it offers in an educational context.

So, how can aspiring international teachers tackle DEI questions confidently? Start with honesty and self-reflection. Know yourself and understand your beliefs, experiences, and approaches to DEI in education. Reflect on your journey and consider the impact of your teaching practices and interactions with students from diverse backgrounds.

With this in mind, teachers aspiring for an international teaching job can begin by reflecting on the following questions as they relate to issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion in education today:

  1. What does DEI mean to me personally and professionally? How has my understanding of DEI evolved? Been challenged?
  2. What are my beliefs about addressing DEI issues in the classroom. Why?
  3. How do I create a learning climate that values student diversity and difference?
  4. What are my experiences in integrating DEI issues in the curriculum? My teaching practices? My choice of instructional materials? My assessment practices?
  5. What experiences have I had working with marginalized students – economically, socially, academically?
  6. What can teachers do to support a school’s or school organization’s equity statement? What have I done, and how did the students respond?

By preparing and understanding your values and experiences related to DEI, you can tell your story with confidence and navigate equity and diversity questions during your teaching job interviews abroad.

Embrace the opportunity to contribute to a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion in education, and let your passion and commitment shine through! Read the full post to learn more about the growing need for DEIJ in education.

Learning how to navigate challenging interview questions is a valuable skill to help you succeed at every stage of your teaching journey.

Answering challenging interview questions with confidence is a crucial skill that can set you apart as a standout candidate for teaching jobs abroad. By engaging in self-reflection, understanding the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in education, and preparing thoughtfully for interviews, you can showcase your qualifications, passion for teaching, and cultural awareness.

Be sure to use The Vault Vol. 2 as a valuable guide to help you navigate the interview process and embark on an enriching international teaching journey. Embrace the adventure, immerse yourself in new cultures, and seize the endless opportunities that await you as an international educator. Best of luck on your exciting teaching abroad adventure!

Embrace the adventure, immerse yourself in new cultures, and open the doors to a world of endless opportunities as an international educator!

Key takeaways:

  1. Teaching abroad job interviews follow a predictable structure, allowing candidates to prepare effectively by anticipating common questions and practicing thoughtful responses.
  2. These interviews provide an excellent platform to showcase skills, experiences, and passion for teaching abroad. By approaching the interview with enthusiasm and thorough preparation, candidates can increase their chances of success and embark on an exciting journey of teaching abroad.
  3. Interviews present a valuable opportunity to gain insights into the potential teaching abroad experience and gather essential information about the work environment, culture, housing, medical care, and finances.
  4. Asking insightful questions across various categories, such as turnover rate, advancement opportunities, language and cultural norms, healthcare options, and salary details, can help teachers make informed decisions and increase their chances of finding the right teaching job abroad.
  5. Addressing equity and diversity questions during teaching job interviews is crucial, and schools worldwide recognize the urgency of DEI in education due to global events.
  6. Aspiring international teachers can tackle DEI questions confidently by engaging in self-reflection, understanding their beliefs, and reflecting on their experiences with diversity, equity, and inclusion in education, ultimately contributing to an inclusive learning environment.

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