23+ Must Know Interview Questions for ESL Jobs

By Editorial Staff •  Updated: 07/02/23 •  Teach Abroad

Teaching abroad as an ESL teacher does first require you to land a job. Depending on the tier of the school you’re applying will determine the types of questions you will be asked.

If you’re going abroad to teach at a government school in Thailand or a language center in Vietnam, then the interview process is not too difficult. It’s more a matter of do you meet the legal requirements for them to hire you.

Which is being a native speaker from an English speaking country. If you’re not from an English speaking country then you’ll need to take a TOEFL and obtain a specific minimum score the employer is looking for. International schools and employers will look for an IELTS test if you’re a non native speaker.

Interview questions for ESL jobs

With that out of the way, we’re going to assume you’re a native speaker applying to a mid to top tier international school that will have a developed hiring process that is competitive. Here are the most common questions you’ll be asked:

Background and experience

The most important questions will be about your background and experience. This is just to get to know why type of teaching style you implement and if you would be a good fit with the current curriculum.

Demo lesson questions

With any teaching position it’s completely standard to request you to prepare a demo lesson. Along with the demo lesson you’ll be asked more technical questions either before or after the demo class to better assess your teaching style and methodology.

Personal, “get to know you” questions

Finally, as you’ll be working with a team of other teachers and staff, you’ll be asked questions about your habits and hobbies to make sure you’re the right fit for the team.

ESL Interview Questions Conclusion

This should be enough to help you prepare for your ESL job interview. Don’t stress and over think it. Remember present yourself professionally and put a lot of thought and effort into the demo class as that is critical part of the interview process apart from the questions we laid out here.

Editorial Staff

I'm David Unwin and I head the editorial staff here at Teach and GO. I've taught as an ESL teacher in Thailand for 5+ years at all levels of education, from elementary to University. I was also one of the first 1000 VIPKID teachers. I and my team now share my extensive experience as a teacher here at Teach and GO. Learn more.

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