There are thousands of teachers who post videos and VIPKid information online. But how do you know if they are good?
Do you ever wonder if you are taking advice from someone who didn’t get good results?
Despite the risk of sounding a little “braggy” I wanted to share some insight into my own interview results. I guess I consider this a part of my informal VIPKid resume package.
If you ask me to be your mentor, one of the things you’ll hear me talk about over and over is the VIPKid Teacher Applicant Performance Indicator. This is the scoring matrix that VIPKid uses to evaluate us in their interviews.
It’s not a secret! VIPKid SENDS YOU the performance criteria in advance so you know exactly what’s important to them!
Following the interview, they send you your scores along with comments to help you improve.
So… how did I do? Should you listen to my advice?
I scored 76 out of 100.
What?? A “C”? I was a straight-A student in school. I’m not feeling a C. But let me explain.
The first section is scored based on your education and teaching experience.
- You MUST have a bachelor’s degree. (check.)
- You MUST have at least one year of teaching experience (classroom, mentor, coaching, etc.) (check.)
Obviously, I got those points.
I did not get points for the following areas:
- US or Canada Pre-K-12 classroom experience
- ESL experience
- ESL certification
- US or Canada government-issued teaching license
I simply don’t have that experience, and I wasn’t going to be able to get it before my interview!
In my demo lesson, I earned EVERY POINT AVAILABLE.
I know it sounds like bragging, and I guess it is. But I’m really very proud of this! I worked hard to prepare. I learned what is important to VIPKid (and subsequently, my students and their parents.) What I didn’t already know, I learned, and I practiced. And I can help you do the same.
In the area of professionalism, I got positive feedback on being presentable and having high sound quality and a functional workstation.
I needed improvements in my background, distance, and lighting. (Watch this video to see why.) And guess what – by my mock interview, I had fixed these things!
So yes, if you have more relevant classroom experience, it will most definitely help you in your interview. But it’s not required. What is required is dedication to the process and a willingness to learn and apply the techniques that have been proven in VIPKid classrooms.
If you’re ready to get started, I can help you do it. My referral link awaits. 🙂 Or if you aren’t quite sure you’re ready to start, here’s a helpful video to give you an idea about how the process works and what you can expect from me. As always, feel free to leave any questions in the comments below or contact me if you have any questions!