Thank you for Scheduling Your Interview
Hello, my name is Michael with Icon Recruit. Thank you for scheduling an interview with me. I am looking forward to meeting with you to discuss teaching in Thailand. Following is a guide to the interview process, pre-interview and post-interview. Please read through to help you be better prepared and understand the process.
It is very important that your online profile and resume is complete. I will use this to promote you to schools and highlight your strengths and positives. Remember, you only have to do it once and it will be used for any job you apply to, now or in the future.
Create Your Teacher Resume to include a 1 minute introduction video. You can provide me with video and I can upload to Icon Recruit YouTube and send you a link.
Upload All Your Application Documents: Original CV, Degree(s), Certificates(s), Reference Letter(s).
Before Your Interview
We use Zoom to conduct our interviews and you will need to have audio and video cam available for the interview. Skype can be used as a backup interview platform but Zoom is our preferred platform. You will receive a calendar invite that in the location will have a direct link to the Icon Recruit Zoom meeting room.
Please be aware you’re your interview will be recorded to be submitted, along with your documents, to the school to highlight you as a teacher and allow quick school approval for making a teaching job offer.
To the right are example screen shots of where you will see the location link in a calendar invite. Note that the password in the notes section is part of the Zoom meeting room link so is in the notes for information only.
Please note that Zoom works best on a PC that has audio and video cam. You simply click on the link in the calendar invite zoom will open in your browser and follow the instructions. The meeting room password is “bangkok”. If you don’t have a PC available, these are the steps for setting up to use your mobile phone or tablet.
- Download the app:
To the left are screen shot instructions on how to open the meeting room and to turn on your mobile phone’s camera and microphone.
During the interview, you will be asked specific questions which I have included below to help you prepare. Please review the interview questions so you have your answers prepared to make a great impression.
Remember to keep your answers clear and short. We want to keep the interview brief and highlighting your strengths to the school.
During the Interview (Interview Questions)
Beginning of Interview:
Briefly introduce yourself: Bios (name, age citizenship, education, teaching experience – or working experience related) and why you want to teach in Thailand.
What Subjects and Age Groups Do You Prefer to Teach?
Are There Any Specific Areas of Thailand You Wish to Teach in? Are you open to schools outside Bangkok (i.e. rural or semi-rural)?
When Are You Looking to Relocate?
Are you familiar with Thai culture and how will you adapt to it?
Why Do You Want to Be a Teacher/Work in Thailand?
What Adjectives Would You Use to Describe Your Presence in the Classroom?
How Would You Handle a Difficult Student? (never do homework, disrupts classes, etc.)
How Do You Motivate Students in Your Classes?
Walk Me Through a Typical Lesson.
Tell Me About a Challenging Situation at Work and How You Dealt With It.
Tell Me About a Time When You Helped Someone Succeed.
Tell Me About a Time When Someone Gave You Feedback and How You Handled That.
End of Interview:
I will discuss the available positions and position details for you to express which is of interest.
What Questions Do You Have for Me?
After You Interview
After your interview, we will submit your teacher profile and a Teaching Position Offer agreement to the school for your desired position. This takes about 72 hours. If they sign the agreement accepting your application, it will be sent to you for digital signature. Once both parties have signed, we begin to plan together for your relocation and start date.
There are 3 main things to do in order to finalize and relocate:
- We must receive a copy of your confirmed airline ticket showing what date you will arrive in Thailand.
- You must get your degrees legalized from your embassy for the Non-Immigrant B visa and Work Permit.
- You must obtain a police background from your home country. If you are already in Thailand, you must also obtain a background check from the Royal Thai Police.
More details on this are below but I will also help to guide you.
We will also begin to discuss your arranging short-term accommodation in Bangkok for the orientation and on-boarding.
Legalization is the process of authenticating a document so a foreign country’s legal system will recognize it as valid and with full legal effect.
Thailand Immigration requires a legalized degree to be presented in order to approve and issue a Non-immigrant B visa (work visa) and Work Permit. Legalization is the official confirmation that a signature, seal, or stamp on an official public document is genuine. It is the teacher’s responsibility to complete the degree legalization. The most important thing is to have your original degree, without which you can't get a legalized/notarized copy.
We have outlined the steps for legalization according to each country. Please click here to review the process for each country where the degree was obtained. Click here to see an example for the US Embassy Bangkok.
Police Background Check
Given that you will be working in a school in close contact with children, teachers are required to obtain a police background check from their country of origin. In addition, local Thailand applicants must obtain a police background check from the Royal Thai police. This background check is in addition to the Criminal Background Affidavit you signed as part of the Teaching Position Offer stating that you have no criminal arrest record for any offense, to include misdemeanor or felony, with the exception of minor traffic violations.
Please note that your employment offer is conditional on receipt of a clean police background check with no violations.
We have outlined the steps for obtaining a police background check according to each country. Please click here to review the process for each country based on your nationality.
Icon Group (Thailand)
Icon Recruit is a member of Icon Group (Thailand).
Icon Group (Thailand). Based in Ayutthaya, Thailand and founded in 2009, Icon Group focuses on value-added solutions for K-12 teaching resources, teacher recruitment, and teacher training in Thailand and throughout Southeast Asia.