My VIPKID journey began about 8 months before I actually jumped into what I am now calling the best job I have ever had.
Why did it take me so long to take the leap????
Because the idea of talking to an adult pretending to be a 5 a year old terrified me, which is the first thing you will have to do if you want this job.
After you pass your initial screening the next step is booking your interview. Now that I am teaching full time with VIPKID I have learned that it really wasn’t that bad and I just let irrational fear get in the way. Seriously it is not that bad and if I could go back I would really rock it this time and have way more fun!
The interview is about 30 minutes with a person who works full time at VIPKID in China. The first 6-10 minutes is just like a normal interview. Why VIPKID? What is your experience with Children? etc. Then comes the dreaded are you ready? Ready for what you ask? Teaching their curriculum for ten minutes.
To put this simply when I did my interview I can 100% assure you I was not ready, like at all, but before I get into all of this let me give you backstory.
I first learned about VIPKID on a very popular Travel Facebook group. A girl posted “Is anyone interested in a true remote job?” Considering I try out every single make money on the side hustle to determine if it is a scam for my lovely readers I decided sure I will bite. I got her referral code, applied and in about 24 hours I received an email from VIPKID stating I had passed the initial review and I needed to schedule my demo interview.
Ok wait what? I messaged the girl and she said “It is easy, just wear orange and pay attention to time”
Like seriously that is all she gave me. Like what the hell does that even mean?
So I reviewed the power point provided and I messaged her again because I didn’t understand the slides. Her response? It is fine just teach about a minute a slide, make sure you correct and wear orange.
ok… that didn’t even answer my question. Correct what? A minute a slide? huh?
So I realized pretty quick she was just chasing the referral money without any real consideration of actually helping me understand what the hell I was supposed to do.
So I started reading blog posts and watching videos… and 8 months would pass because simply put I WAS NOT CONFIDENT and I was not going to go through the embarrassment of teaching a class when I didn’t know what I was supposed to do. Then I was hired at a job that paid well but honestly couldn’t have been a worst fit for me. I had just started to look around for another job when I got fired because long story short I didn’t have enough cups for a meeting. Being fired led to desperation because what the hell was I going to do for income?
I was scrolling Facebook late one night when a VIPKID ad popped up on my timeline and I thought “F it, what is the worst that could happen? That they say no?” So I logged on to the VIPKID website and was shocked that they still wanted me to schedule my demo. SO I scheduled my demo.
My demo went awful but there were some things I did right to get me through to the next round.
SO now to the point I am trying to make… how do you pass?
Here is what I did right.
- I wore Orange.
- I had a headset
- I TPR’d the hell out of the slides.
- I smiled the entire time.
- I spoke slowly and corrected 2 of 3 mistakes she made. I totally missed one because I was too worried about my camera placement. I now just use my laptop and do not use a webcam.
- I had a reward system.
- I used my Rex from Toy Story as a prop.
- I had a whiteboard (if you buy only one thing for this BUY THIS you can get a basic one for $1, I think I paid $6 for mine at Fry’s!)
Here is what I could have done better.
- Not panicked and had way more fun, seriously it is not often you can pretend to teach an adult five year old.
- Set my area up like a classroom. (I threw a map and a Mickey doll on the couch behind me and called it a day. What was I thinking?)
- Not get too focused on getting the student to get something right. I spent 2 minutes on one slide because I couldn’t get her to make the letter sound. You will learn that the kids are not always going to get it and that is ok so it is important to remember that this is a marathon not a sprint and the kids will take time to learn the language.
I made it about 2/3 of the way through the slides when I was asked to stop. I felt defeated and I knew this was the end of my VIPKID road.
The lady who interviewed me asked why was I so nervous. I told her that my camera was misplaced and it threw me off and kinda made me panic. She smiled and said it is best to have the camera directly in front of you. (duh! I seriously felt like a total idiot)
She then told me I did really great & that I shouldn’t be so nervous. She then went over basic TPR tips & told me to decorate my room like a classroom. She then explained how to teach certain slides. She told me what my rate would be if hired and asked if I had questions. I asked for a reference on letter sounds, she gave me one (don’t worry I will share with you in another post) and told me I had 7 days to schedule my Mock 1 and complete my pre-training.
I took everything she said to heart and wrote it down. I went out the next day and made a back drop that can travel with me & bought a couple of things to pass the mock.
Once I get my YouTube channel up and going I will make sure to share every tip I can as I want you to pass!
So remember have fun this is a secondary education to children who live, eat and breathe education. Seriously google Chinese education it is VASTLY different from Western education. The goal is to have fun and make the kids want to learn English.
Want to share the fun with me and teach for VIPKID?
Here is my referral link I want to help you join in on the fun and I am literally starting to eat, breathe and live VIPKID, in fact I have been told after my trip to the Caribbean I should maybe tone it down a bit… ha!
I have started a Facebook group that is 100% dedicated to getting you hired! I want to be there for you and I PROMISE I will help you more than just say “wear orange” If you don’t pass don’t fret I will help you find out what went wrong and we will fix it!
I am sharing below some ideas of things you can get… BUT 100% not necessary (except the white board ya’ll get the white board #trustme ) AS far as a reward system one of my referrals used pennies and was hired. Just be creative, you can even use the one provided to you in the slides. I have felt ice cream cones I bought at Target, I did buy the finger puppets and I have found them to be quite useful. Below is just an idea what to use, you may even have it around your house! I am no way telling you to go spend a fortune. I spent maybe $20 bucks prepping for my mock and I have only spent about another $20 since getting hired. The only thing I am buying this Summer is bubbles I heard bubbles are a hit in the classroom!
I am going to share a post and VIDEO of me building a new backdrop. I am wanting to build a soft back drop that I can pack down for traveling and want to give you ideas as far as what they are looking for!