In my experience, English teaching interviews tend to be friendly and reasonably easy. In Berlin, the fact that you are going for a freelance position adds to the general air of informality. Questions generally range from inquiries on your previous teaching experience along with more personal information including your motivation for moving to Berlin. Ironically, the most arduous interviews tend to be for the schools offering the least money and worst conditions.
Following is a list of questions I have been asked:
Why did you come to Berlin?
What teaching experience have you had?
There seems to be more business than general classes in Berlin, so it’d be worth highlighting your business teaching experience, or any experience in business you had before starting teaching.
What levels have you taught before? Which do you find the most difficult to teach?
There tend to be more higher level classes in Berlin than lower levels. It might be worth pushing your higher level experience, how much you love complicated grammar and explaining it lucidly to your students.
What are you strengths and weaknesses?
Stock interview question. + Everyone loves me. – I push myself too hard. That’s a joke by the way. Make sure you come up with something a little more imaginative.
How would you teach present perfect?
If I’m asked a grammar teaching question, it is invariably this one. Note: whilst being the obvious answer, ‘use a textbook’ is not acceptable.
Tell me about a time that something you were teaching went wrong
This is a reasonably common question that will show the interviewer how well you can handle stress and improvise when necessary. Every teacher has times when things don’t go quite to plan. Make sure you add that the experience made you a better teacher and that you always learn from your mistakes.
What do you want to do in the future?
Apart from not working freelance? Get settled into the city. Go on to do the DELTA/management. Become prime minister of the world. Be the first person to walk on Jupiter.
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